For AY 2022-2023, The Writing Center is offering three Writing Fellowships designed to contribute to fellows’ professional development while also supporting their dissertation efforts.  This opportunity is open to all doctoral students, provided they are at or near the dissertation-writing stage.

Graduate Fellowships with The Writing Center
Application deadline: March 26, 2022

Writing fellows will receive training and experience in the pedagogy of one-on-one writing instruction, learn about effective writing workshop design and execution, and have the chance to design and deliver their own workshops.  They will also learn how to translate their Writing Center training and experience into various classroom settings and situations.  Their work will be supervised by Rob Patterson, director of The Writing Center, and require a commitment of approximately six hours per week.

Dissertation Support:

While The Writing Center is offering this fellowship as a way to provide training and experience useful on the job market, we are ultimately interested in supporting fellows’ dissertation progress.  To that end, all selected fellows will receive individual and group writing support.


Fellowship responsibilities begin August 29, 2022, and end May 10, 2023, though fellows may be asked to begin their readings for training purposes prior to this date.

Time commitment:

Approximately 6 hours per week, including a weekly group meeting for training and dissertation support purposes.  Weekly schedule will be flexible to accommodate fellows’ departmental and dissertation-related responsibilities.


$1750 per semester


  • Doctoral students in good standing who have their advisors’ support in pursuing this opportunity.
  • At or near the dissertation stage.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Enjoys working with and helping others.

To Apply

Email Dr. Rob Patterson at, with the following materials:

  • A cover letter detailing:
    • Where you are in your program, especially with regard to your dissertation
    • Any relevant experience (though none is required)
    • What you hope to get out of the fellowship
    • Other commitments in the upcoming year
    • Your dissertation topic
  • CV including contact information for at least two references, one of whom is your dissertation director
  • A writing sample of not more than 10 pages

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 26, 2022.  Interviews will take place in April, and decisions will be communicated by early May at the latest.