Admission and acceptance for all master classes will be made on a rolling basis. The application deadline for full fellowships (see below for eligibility) is March 1.
Acceptance to all master classes is based on literary promise and/or accomplishment as demonstrated in your writing sample and the information on your application form, as well as on best judgment of the intent conveyed in your cover letter. We do our best to ensure a good match between each prospective participant and the program as a whole.
N.B. Los candidatos de lengua hispana deben de enviar la muestra de su escritura en español.
Under the Volcano offers two types of financial aid: full merit-based fellowships to emerging and established writers of exceptional talent, and partial need-based financial aid based on proof of your monthly income and expenses. Such proof (recent tax forms, pay stubs or bank statements and receipts for housing, as well as evidence of continuing obligations such as loans) should be submitted with your application if you are requesting financial aid. Due to volume we are unable to consider material submitted separately or after the fact.
Please note that due to funding cut-backs our financial aid this year will be more limited than usual. However, our Black Writers Matter Fund will be making full and partial awards to qualified Black applicants. For details, please see below.
Upon request we will provide successful applicants with a formal letter to help them seek additional funding beyond what we can provide.
BLACK WRITERS MATTER FUND
Under the Volcano is pleased to announce the availability of financial aid up to full tuition for Black writers who are accepted into any of our master classes.
If you are a Black writer of fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction, or an early or mid-career journalist with a commitment to investigative reporting, we strongly encourage you to apply. You’ll discover a welcoming, supportive community of Volcanistas from around the world—and make connections that will help you take your voice to the next level.
This fund has been established by a group of inaugural donors to ensure greater participation and visibility of Black writers as we work to deepen our response to the systemic racism that afflicts our community despite our best efforts to address it.
Please carefully read the eligibility criteria before applying for one of the named fellowships below.
Requirements for all full fellowships:
- online application
- recent c.v.
- cover letter describing your reasons for applying and confirming your commitment to participate fully in all program activity;
- 25-page double-spaced writing sample in Word or PDF
- two letters of recommendation from people who know your character and work.
N.B. Letters and all other supporting material must be uploaded from the application; we will not read items sent separately or after the deadline.
In the spirit of giving back and paying forward, all fellowship recipients must return a signed contract in which they agree to:
- submit a one-page final report to the program director;
- write a thank you letter to the donors;
- mention Under the Volcano in their official bio as they share it on social media and in publications and on their cv;
- agree to assist the program with future recruitment and by curating UTV events in their home community as appropriate;
- acknowledge Under the Volcano in any publications that benefitted from the programs’s support.
In addition, all applicants for Spanish-language fellowships must provide proof of advanced competence in written and spoken English to ensure full participation in the life of the overall community of writers.
Full Fellowships for English Language Writers
The Grace Paley Fellowship
is awarded to a woman poet or fiction writer of any age whose work Grace Paley would have encouraged and includes childcare if needed.
The Margot Adler Fellowship
is awarded to a working US journalist whose commitment to contemporary issues would resonate with the life work of Margot Adler.
The Sandra Cisneros Fellowship
was established by friends and admirers of pioneering writer Sandra Cisneros to recognize an English-language Latinx creative writer of outstanding literary promise and leadership ability.
The Words of Witness Fellowship
is awarded to a US-based writer of literary non-fiction whose work addresses issues of social justice, racism or the fate of the earth in an innovative way.
Full Fellowships for Spanish-Language Writers
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