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I’m an MPhil student of English. I’m keen on doing a doctoral programme in creative writing (fiction) from a reputed US university. Kindly let me know about the institutes that offer such courses to outstation students.

Are GRE and TOEFL norms the same as in other doctoral courses? Do I need to take the subject GRE? What is the cost of such programmes? Are there any scholarships that I’m eligible for?

What difference would a two-year course make from a five-year one? Am I eligible for a TA / RA in the interim and possibly a tenured lectureship on completion?

Subhadeep Paul

Jadavpur University

The University of Denver, US, offers a PhD in creative writing while the University of Southern California offers a doctorate programme in literature and creative writing.

All universities that offer this programme retain permanent as well as visiting faculty who are renowned authors or poets. While doing the course, you will need to seek guidance accordingly so that you specialise in your area of choice. For entry into these programmes, international students require a masters degree, a GRE general test score, a GRE literature subject test score, a TOEFL score and writing samples.

The University of Denver offers a teaching fellowship for the first three years to doctoral students that include full tuition fee waiver and a stipend. There are some other awards like the Doctoral Fellowship and the Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship. The University of Southern California offers teaching assistantships (TA) which provide tuition remission and a stipend. They also offer Virginia Middleton Fellowships. Denver adjunct teaching positions are usually available after the first three years of coursework. Tenured lectureship on completion of a course depends on whether there is a vacancy, if you are seen as eligible for that post and the competition. I think expecting things to turn that way is too far fetched at this point given the stiff competition you will face at each stage from the very beginning.


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