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Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships are awarded competitively, and applicants are judged on the basis of promise shown in their work.
Entries should consist of a work in one genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry or journalism.
Several scholarships provide full tuition, room, and board, but most offer smaller awards, covering a part of the Conference tuition.

Several teaching fellowships are available and are awarded to outstanding applicants who have completed book-length manuscripts.

Please note:

  • If your attendance at the conference is contingent on your receiving financial assistance, you do not need to send the $100 deposit with your fellowship or scholarship materials.  
  • If you choose to submit the $100 deposit it will:
    •  hold your place at the conference
    •  guarantee you a manuscript consultation
    •  be applied to any balance not covered by your scholarship or fellowship.

Instructions on how to apply for
a Scholarship or Fellowship 

Please submit the following documents:

    1. the registration form. Click HERE for the form.
    2. a representative sample of your work in one genre
    3. a letter of application explaining your experience and interests 
    4. your resume

Submit application by mail:

Fellowship and Scholarship Committee
Wesleyan Writers Conference
Wesleyan University
294 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459.                (Applicants for Jon Davidoff Scholarships, please mark that on your envelope)

Submit application by email:

  • To: agreene@wesleyan.edu
  • Subject line: (use one of the following) "Conference Scholarship" or "Conference Fellowship" or "Conference Scholarship or Fellowship"
  • Attach: application documents (listed 1-4 above) in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format
  • Message: please include 
    • your contact information
    • genre of your manuscript (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or journalism)

Scholarships offered:

Wesleyan Scholarships: Open to all applicants, these grants are supported by the Conference and by gifts from donors.

Joan Jakobson Scholarships: For fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers of unusual promise. Supported by a grant from Joan and John Jakobson.

Adelphic Scholarships: Preference to students in college or graduate school. Supported by the Adelphic Educational Fund and the Adelphic Literary Society.

Jon Davidoff Scholarships: Several full and partial scholarships for journalists are offered in memory of Jon Davidoff, a young reporter for the Middletown Press, through a fund endowed by the Davidoff family.

John W. Paton Scholarships: Offered in honor of Jack Paton, former director of the Conference, by his many friends and colleagues.

Women's Club Scholarship: Offered by the General Federation of the Women's Clubs of Connecticut to a woman for whom writing is a major interest.

The Jeanne B. Krochalis Award: Established in memory of Jeanne B. Krochalis, a Conference founder and chair of the Advisory Board, by her family and many friends. This scholarship will support a writer of talent and promise, someone who shares Jeanne's belief in the importance of the literary work.

Fellowships offered:

Teaching fellowships are awarded in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Applicants are generally expected to have completed a book-length manuscript. The Fellows work informally with Conference participants, organizing readings and offering editorial advice. Each fellowship covers tuition, room, and board, and includes an honorarium of $700.

Barach Fellowship: The fellowship in nonfiction is endowed in memory of Arnold Barach, distinguished Wesleyan alumnus, Washington correspondent, and editor of Changing Times magazine.