Our named fellowships recognize emerging and established writers of exceptional talent. All fellowships cover tuition for the three week program, accommodation in the village, RT transportation from a single point of origin in either Mexico or the US and a small stipend. Fellows should expect to pay for their own meals except for breakfast.

Fellowship recipients are expected to be full participants in the UTV community.  They are required  to provide written proof of their availability to remain in Tepoztlán for the entire program and to attend all ancillary events, including group meals and guest presentations in addition to their master classes. Fellows are expected to work full-time on their creative projects and not on outside commitments while in the program. Family members are not permitted.


  • the online application;
  • a recent c.v.;
  • a 25-page sample of your writing in the genre for which you are applying;
  • a cover letter describing your reasons for applying;
  • two letters of recommendation from people who know your character and work. 


In the spirit of giving back and paying forward, all fellowship recipients must:

  • submit a one-page written report to the program director no later than a week after the program ends; 
  • write a thank you letter to the donors no later than a week after the program ends;
  • participate in official group literary events such as Open Mics;
  • offer a public reading from their work either during the program or soon after it;
  • agree to assist the program with future recruitment and to curate UTV events in their home community as appropriate;
  • mention Under the Volcano and their specific fellowship by name in their official bio and publication credits.

In addtion, all applicants for Spanish-language fellowships must provide written 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. 

…Past Winners


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.

...Past Winners

Ana Portnoy Brimmer
Red Samaniego
Gina Balibrera
Stella Santamaria

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.

...Past Winners

Emily Withnall
Reggie Scott Young

The Imagination Unbound Fellowship

recognizes a fiction writer whose work opens new worlds. This fellowship is for an English-language writer of speculative or experimental writing and has no age limits.

The Truthteller Fellowship

is awarded to a working US journalist whose work exposes the forces behind social, political or cultural injustice.




Full Fellowships for Spanish-Language Writers

La Página Dorada

se otorga a una escritora mexicana menor de 40 años con un libro en puerta (novela o colección de cuentos).



Las  becas Robert L. Breen

se destinan a periodistas mexican@ menores de 45 años, de cualquier estado de la República.


Voz Viva

reconoce a un/a narrador/a de lengua hispana de destacado talento literario.



La Güera Trigos

se otorga a una escritora mexicana que reside en cualquier parte de la República…