MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics


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.

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. 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. 

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. 

Students may also be eligible for additional funding from the UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (see below). 

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.

Apply for Conference/Research Travel Funding (UW NetID and login required).

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 or creative 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 submits the GSEFI travel funding request on your behalf. You will need to be able to provide documentation of your conference acceptance.

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.

Apply for GSFEI Funding (UW NetID and login required).

Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF) Award

UW Bothell students can 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.

Community Engagement Funds

Community Engagement Funds support IAS graduate students in undertaking public-facing research, education, and engagement activities in partnership with a community organization or site, in alignment 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.  (Read about projects by Nafasi Ferrell, Angie Winkle, and Gamut Literary Series.)

These funds are available to currently enrolled IAS graduate students who have completed their first academic year of coursework. Projects 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.

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
  • Align and advance the IAS Mission, Values, and Goals, and the IAS Diversity Plan

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and students will be notified within four weeks of submission.

Apply for Community Engagement Funds (UWNetID and login required).

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.

To receive reimbursement, you must submit eligible receipts.  Eligible receipts are individual and itemized.

  • 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 meals not provided by lodging or conference during travel status (review here
  • Alcohol purchases will not be reimbursed.
  • Meals and lodging within 50 miles of Seattle are not eligible for reimbursement.

Upon return, contact the IAS Graduate Office at to initiate reimbursement.  You will need to submit an expense form and scanned, eligible receipts. 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.

General Funding Resources

Other funding resources can be found on the IAS Grad Programs page.