Program Funding

MFA Funding

Featured Opportunities

Conference Funding

Community Engagement Funds

The resources listed below are program-specific resources and are available to students and accepted applicants within the MFA program. For more general funding information, please visit our IAS Graduate Funding Resources page.

MFA Funding

The MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics is able to provide some limited funding assistance, awarded upon admission, based on merit. Funding is intended to cover course fees and is disbursed in the form of a fee waiver or reduction. Applicants will be asked if they wish to be considered for merit funding on application, and recipients will be notified of their awards by the IAS Graduate Office on admission.

Students whose continuation in the program is threatened by unanticipated circumstances may also be eligible for retention funding. Please contact the IAS Graduate Office ( In advance of meeting with IAS Graduate Staff, please fill out an Application for Reserve Funding (.doc). Reserve funding is for matriculated students in good standing.

Featured Opportunities

Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Deadlines: August
Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, is looking for creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists, and playwrights—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Employment is part-time. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. A school-year commitment is typically required. Compensation for a full-residency is $6,500 ($77/teaching hour; to be paid in monthly installments). Partial or greater residencies are scaled accordingly.
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Conference Funding

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) prides itself on developing the next generation of scholars. If you are interested in attending a conference, read below for support as you explore lines of inquiry within the academic community.

MFA Conference Funding

The MFA has limited funding to support students participating in relevant conferences and professional development opportunities. Students are eligible to apply for up to $400 in conference/professional development funding per academic year. Priority will be given to (1) students accepted to present work, (2) conferences and/or professional development opportunities aligned with the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program. Some consideration will be given to student’s year in the program and whether they have received prior funding. 

For timely processing of applications, please apply by December 15. Applicants can expect to hear back about the status of their application in 4-5 weeks max. If for some, reason you decide to go to a conference later in the academic year, please let us know, and we will establish a separate due date for you and others who may also be inclined.

Applicants must be matriculated current students and enrolled full-time at the time of the respective conference/professional development opportunity.  Funding may be used for conference/workshop registration, lodging, food & drink (not including alcohol), presentation supplies, and transportation. 

Students may also be eligible for additional funding from the UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (see below). Students are only eligible for GSFEI funding if they are presenting at the respective conference, and it may only be used for transportation costs. 

Please submit the Application for Conference Funding for consideration. If you are also applying for GSFEI funding, please only submit one Application for Conference Funding and mark that you are applying for both types. This funding is disbursed in the form of a reimbursement check 4 – 8 weeks after receipts are submitted. Be sure to read carefully the reimbursement policy prior to applying for funding.

Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation

The Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI) provides funding assistance in support of graduate students, graduate faculty, academic and research programs, scholarly activities, and special initiatives that support and enhance graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Washington. As a graduate student you may consider GSFEI to fund transportation costs (up to $300 for domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel) associated with presenting your scholarly work at a conference. Students from all IAS Graduate Programs are eligible to apply for travel funding from GSFEI. Individual awards are limited to one every other year.

IAS Graduate Programs department will make the travel funding request on your behalf. Once you have been accepted as a presenter or co-presenter at an academic conference, please submit an Application for Conference Funding. If you are also applying for MFA conference funding, please only submit one Application for Conference Funding and mark that you are applying for both types.

This funding is disbursed in the form of a reimbursement check 4 – 8 weeks after receipts are submitted. Be sure to read carefully the reimbursement policy below.

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Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF) Award

UW Bothell students have the opportunity to apply for travel funds from the Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF), established by the Services and Activities Fee Committee and administered by ASUWB. Awards of up to $1,500 are available to help fund students’ educational travel.

First priority is given to students who have been offered the opportunity to present a research paper or project at a professional conference and are endorsed by a UWB faculty member in his or her discipline. Second priority goes to students who wish to enhance their current leadership role on campus by attending a skills-building conference or workshop and are endorsed by the student organization advisor. Third priority is for students who wish to attend a conference or workshop in order to create or enhance a project or service that will directly benefit UWB students and are endorsed by a UWB faculty or staff member familiar with the project.

Additional Information: A complete application, including a letter of recommendation, must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the first day of the event. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You may be contacted for clarification and may be asked to present your proposal to ASUWB.

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Community-Engagement Funds

The IAS Graduate Programs make these funds available to support graduate students in undertaking public-facing research, education, and engagement activities in partnership with a community organization or site and to develop partnerships that advance the principles and practices of diversity in concert with the IAS Mission, Values, and Goals, and the IAS Diversity Plan.

Examples include the design and facilitation of a community-based workshop, course, reading group, or performance.  The project should be undertaken under academic supervision, as part of a capstone, practicum, thesis, or directed research project, and should include a plan for assessing the outcomes, impact, and process of the collaboration/engagement.

Please submit the electronic Application for Community-Engagement Funds for review at least one month before the start of the proposed project. Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the project and activities;
  • Demonstrate good fit between the project and the community partner/site, and/or mutual benefits to both the student and the communities/partners engaged;
  • Engage stakeholders in assessment and reflection; and
  • Advance the principles and practices of diversity in concert with the IAS Mission, Values, and Goals, and the IAS Diversity Plan

These funds are available to currently enrolled IAS graduate students who have completed their first academic year of coursework.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and students will be notified within four weeks of submission.

Read about Cultural Studies 2015 alum Nafasi Ferrell’s experience with community-engaged work for her capstone.

Reimbursement Policy

Be sure to review the University of Washington Travel Office's Policies and Procedures for information on arranging travel, paying for travel, transportation, per diem, conference registration, and more.

In order to receive reimbursement for conference travel, you must pay individually for your own expenses, including flights, lodging, meals, etc. Receipts submitted for reimbursement may only include expenses you incurred as an individual. If you wish to share lodging with another student, you are still required to submit a separate receipt verifying your individual payment. Many hotels will split the bill onto separate cards. If you wish to travel with another student, you must book and pay for flights or other transportation separately to ensure you have an acceptable receipt. Reimbursement will not exceed the approved funding amount and will only be made to the person whose credit card was charged and whose name is on the receipt. We provide per diem only for meails not provided by lodging or conference. You will be reimbursed for meals allowable once you have entered travel status (review here) and only with the submission of itemized receipts. Alcohol purchases will not be reimbursed. Please note that meals and lodging within 50 miles of Seattle are not eligible for reimbursement.

Upon return, please submit (electronically or in person) all original receipts to the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in the IAS Graduate Office. Once reviewed and approved by the IAS Grad Office it will proceed for approval and processing with the UWB Travel Office. Please allow up to 4 weeks for reimbursement.

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Funding Resources

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