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AWP HBCU Fellowship Program

Meet Our Chosen Creative Advisor

In Kansas City, faculty and student fellows will have the opportunity to work and speak with special guest author Rion Amilcar Scott!

Scott completed his undergraduate degree at Howard University, and later earned an MFA at George Mason University. Before his current position teaching creative writing at the University of Maryland, Scott taught at Bowie State University. Scott is an author of the story collections The World Doesn’t Require You and Insurrections, which was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Scott’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications.

In addition to assisting with the selection of the two HBCU faculty fellows, he will also lead an event on supporting creative writing endeavors and paths to publishing at HBCUs.

Faculty & Student Fellows

The #AWP24 HBCU Fellowships will be offered to two faculty and four students. The fellowships include:

  • A $4,000 honorarium for faculty; a $250 honorarium for students
  • Paid travel expenses and lodging for the duration of the conference
  • Meeting and discussion with Rion Amilcar Scott
  • Article Publication in The Writer’s Chronicle regarding their #AWP24 experience

In order to be eligible for these fellowships, applicants:

  • Must be an active HBCU faculty (part or full-time) or a current HBCU student (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Must be available to travel to Kansas City, Missouri February 7–11
  • If faculty, must be available to serve as a mentor to two student fellowship recipients each for the duration of the conference

Applications for faculty and students will be open from June 1–July 31, 2023.