Graduate Writing Fellowships

Since it was established in 2012, the Graduate Writing Fellows Program has brought together a group of advanced Northwestern graduate students who want to augment their writing, leadership, and teaching skills at the same that they improve the writing skills of other graduate students at Northwestern. Graduate Writing Fellows work one-on-one with graduate students from across the university to respond to their writing in progress and to coach them in principles of expression, argumentation, and organization. Moreover, Fellows draw on their own disciplinary expertise and interests to help develop workshops, events, and resources that cater to both broad and specific graduate student audiences.


The benefits of being a Graduate Writing Fellow are numerous; Fellows:

  1. Become comfortable and facile with mentoring and teaching graduate students, preparing them for work as future faculty members
  2. Learn to teach and work with student writers who come from a variety of backgrounds and possess a range of skills and interests
  3. Develop skills to improve their teaching of writing in the courses they already teach and assist
  4. Advance their own writing skills through exposure to and experience with the work of others
  5. Develop leadership and presentation skills through planning and leading workshops
  6. Be identified as skilled writers by their peers, mentors, and potential employers

For their work, Fellows are awarded an honorarium that supplements any assistantships or fellowships they are already earning.


PhD students from any department/school may apply to be a Graduate Writing Fellow provided that they:

  • Will have achieved PhD Candidacy before Fall 2015
  • Will not be beyond the seventh year in theirprogram during the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Have experience writing for peer reviewed conferences and/or journals
  • Can commit to attending the required summer training session (2 days in early to mid-September; dates TBA)

Applications for this competitive program are available during the spring quarter. For more information about how and when to apply, please visit the Writing Place Gradute Writing Fellows page.