Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

    Applications for 2016-2018 Fellowships will be accepted in the fall of 2015. Please check back then for more information about eligibility.

  • I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I still apply?
    Yes, but all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Any non-U.S. citizen who receives a fellowship will qualify for a J-1 Visa.
  • Is there an age limit for applicants?
    No.
  • What kind of teaching experience is required?
    Applicants must have professional teaching experience in creative writing and/or literature at the undergraduate level.
  • Will you only accept applicants who write fiction or poetry?
    No. We invite applications from all genres, including creative nonfiction and playwriting.

Application Process

    Applications for 2016-18 Fellowships will be accepted in the fall of 2015. Please check back then for more information about the application process.

Selection Process

    Applications for 2016-18 Fellowships will be accepted in the fall of 2015. Please check back then for more information about the selection process.

  • How are applicants chosen for the fellowship?
    Fellows are chosen based on the achievement and promise of their written work, on the strength of the recommendations, and on their teaching experience and ability.
  • Who is on the selection committee?
    Editors and members of the staff of The Kenyon Review and faculty of Kenyon College.
  • What does the selection committee look for in the writing sample?
    Significant achievement and long term potential as demonstrated in the style, skill, and ambition of the writing sample.
  • If selected, can I defer my fellowship?
    No. Fellowships may not be postponed.
  • If I am not selected, can I apply again?
    Yes. Because we are currently only accepting two fellows every two years, we will be turning down many talented and qualified candidates and we encourage those candidates to reapply.
  • Can you give me feedback and tell me why I wasn’t selected for a fellowship?
    No. Due to the volume of applications we will be receiving, we cannot comment on individual applications.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • What will be expected of me as a fellow?
    The primary expectation is that you will undertake a significant writing project. You will attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors who will assist you as you write and revise your manuscript. Fellows are also expected to teach one semester class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs. Fellows will also assist in creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Review and KROnline, read submissions during the reading period, and assist in the Kenyon Review Summer Programs.
  • Is residency required?
    Yes. Fellows are required to live in the local community in order to attend workshops, readings and other public events, and to contribute to The Kenyon Review, the English Department, and the broader cultural life at Kenyon.
  • Can I keep my full-time job and/or pursue another degree during the fellowship period?
    No. This fellowship is a full-time academic commitment and is not to be pursued concurrently with another full-time job or degree program.
  • When does the fellowship begin and end?
    The fellowship begins on August 15th, 2014 and ends on August 14th, 2016.
  • Do I get any kind of degree by completing the fellowship?
    No.
  • Am I guaranteed a teaching position during my fellowship?
    It is expected that fellows will teach one semester class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, but these positions cannot be absolutely guaranteed because departmental needs may shift. The fellowship stipend will not be affected by teaching status. Fellows may also have opportunities to teach in the Kenyon Review Summer Writing Workshops.
  • In what ways will the fellows assist The Kenyon Review and KROnline?
    Fellows will work on a variety of creative and editorial projects for both The Kenyon Review and KROnline. While the nature of these projects will depend on the needs of the magazine and the interests and skills of each fellow, contributions may include reading submissions, assisting with programs and reading series, working with The Kenyon Review’s student associates and interns, and developing new initiatives.

Financial Information

  • How much is the fellowship?
    Fellows will receive a $32,500 yearly stipend, plus health benefits.
  • Is it possible to live on the fellowship?
    Yes. Fellows are expected to devote these two years to developing as writers, teachers, and editors, so the stipend is intended to fully support the fellows for those two years.
  • Will housing be provided?
    At this time, housing is not provided. There are many inexpensive rental opportunities in and around Gambier, Ohio, and we will keep fellows aware of these options.
  • Is there an opportunity for me to teach additional classes or in any other way supplement my income?
    Opportunities for additional teaching may exist, but are dependent upon the curricular needs of the English Department and the Kenyon Review Summer Programs.

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