Grants for MFA Students

The UA MFA program is a fully-funded program, typically supporting students through GTA positions in the Writing Program. Additionally, students may apply to teach undergraduate creative writing workshops. The University of Arizona supports MFA student research, professional travel, and professional development in a number of other ways through quite a few internal UA sources. This webpage collects some of these.

SBSRI Pre-doctoral dissertation grants

  • max amount: $500
  • 2016/2017 deadlines: 5pm, Sept 19, 2016; 5pm, Jan 30, 2017
  • “These provide up to $500 for PhD and Master’s research activities. Allowable expenses include research-related travel, subject payment, supplies, and small equipment. The student’s advisor or mentor must upload to GAS a recommendation letter before the student can submit the proposal.”

EGU GTA Travel Fund:

  • max amount: $325
  • rolling deadlines
  • “The GTA Travel Fund is set up for English Department graduate students who present a conference paper or creative work at a professional conference. Each graduate student may apply for funding for only ONE conference per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).”

GPSC Travel Grants:

  • max amount: $750
  • 2016/2017 deadlines: Sept 12, 2016 (for travel through Feb 28, 2017)
  • “The GPSC awards travel grants for graduate and professional students who are attending or presenting research at academic or professional conferences. In certain cases, funding may be awarded to students who are attending competition or are conducting research elsewhere. However, these students should contact the Travel Grants Program prior to applying.”

GPSC Research and Project (ReaP) grants:

GPSC Professional Opportunities Development Funding

  • max amount: $1500
  • “The GPSC recognizes that graduate and professional student education is advanced by events promoting the development of skills necessary to succeed in their fields of study. Therefore, the GPSC strives to support professional development initiatives of graduate and professional students through Professional Opportunity Development funding. Such initiatives and events include, but are not necessarily limited to academic seminars, conferences, meetings with industry representatives, etc. Any group of at least three graduate and/or professional students can apply to the GPSC for funding to support a POD event they are directly involved in planning.”

Institute for the Environment Student Travel Awards

  • max amount: $500
  • 2016/2017 deadlines: Nov 4, 2016; early May 2017
  • “Environmental Graduate Student Travel Awards provide up to $500 in travel funding for graduate students engaged in interdisciplinary environmental research to present their work at academic or professional conferences or to travel for fieldwork in support of research. The purpose of this grant is to promote the professional achievement of graduate students, especially their ability to compete for other grants, and help advance their research.  Environmental research is defined broadly to include work on issues such as water, climate, biodiversity, pollution, energy, urban or food sustainability, and environmental health in the natural and social sciences, professional fields such as law and business, as well as engineering and public health.”

UA Confluencenter Graduate Fellowships

  • amount: $5000
  • 2016/2017 deadline: Feb 17, 2017
  • "Confluencenter Graduate Fellowships support individual graduate students from the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Behavioral Sciences with creative interdisciplinary research projects. Graduate Fellowships are one-time awards for individual applicants. Applicants should propose activities that can be completed within one academic year." 

Carson Scholarships

  • $5000
  • 2016/2017 deadline: 5pm Sept 23
  • Carson Scholarships are awarded to excellent and diverse graduate students at the University of Arizona who are studying renewable energy, environment and social justice. One-year scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded for the 2017 calendar year.

Field Studies in Writing

  • 2017 deadline: February 2017
  • Three awards will likely be available to current MFA candidates to participate in the Field Studies in Writing offered in summer 2017. Funding will cover travel expenses, lodging and per diem to bring three MFA students for two weeks to the Canadian Maritimes (Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada) to work on research and writing based on site visits, field trips into the fishery, archival research, oral histories and interviews. The project will also engage with island youth to help mentor them in telling their stories of coming of age in this place. This opportunity is open to application from MFA candidates in all three genres.  Students whose thesis projects explore issues related to environment, community, culture, sustainability, North American and border studies are encouraged to apply. Deadline in February. More details to come.

UA Poetry Center Student Contests


Other Resources:

Graduate College Office of Fellowships:

Grants & Funding are also available to student clubs via ASUA and GPSC.


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences