CW MFA founder Constance Rooke

CW MFA founder Constance Rooke


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Internal Awards for Incoming Students

The Constance Rooke Scholarship

(Granted upon admittance to the program; every accepted candidate receives this award.) Upon acceptance to the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Program, each writer is granted a Constance Rooke Scholarship. This scholarship provides each writer with a total of $11,500.00 in funding over a two-year period, which is the duration of the program. In year one of study, a writer receives $5,750.00, and in year two of study, an additional $5,750.00. In both years of study, the $5,750.00 is allocated at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer) in lump sums of $1916.67. While this funding does cover a good deal of tuition, it does not cover all expenses.

The Constance Rooke/HarperCollins Scholarship

Every year, one incoming writer is awarded The Constance Rooke/HarperCollins Scholarship. The recipient is selected by the program’s director, Catherine Bush, and core faculty (who also decide who will be admitted to the program); all writers accepted into the program are considered for this award. (There is no formal application.) This scholarship has been generously donated by the HarperCollins Canada and the award amount is $5,000.00, allocated on a yearly basis. 

The McClelland & Stewart Ltd. Scholarship

Every year, one incoming writer is awarded The McClelland & Stewart Ltd. Scholarship. The recipient is selected by the program’s director and core faculty (who also decide who will be admitted to the program), and all writers accepted into the program are considered for this award. (Again, there is no formal application.) This scholarship has been generously donated by McClelland & Stewart Ltd. and the award amount is $2,500.00, allocated on a yearly basis.

The Edward Y. Morwick Graduate Scholarship in Creative Writing

The $7,000 Edward Y. Morwick Graduate Scholarship in Creative Writing is usually awarded to an entering graduate student who is registered full-time in the Creative Writing Program. This award is meant to encourage and reward a student who has shown developing skill and dedication to the craft of Creative Writing. The recipient must exhibit excellence in Creative Writing as evidenced by the portfolio submitted to the Creative Writing admissions committee. No application is necessary.


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Additional funding opportunities

Board of Graduate Research Scholarships

Every year, the Creative Writing MFA program receives several Board of Graduate Research Scholarships, which are funded, internally, by the university. The recipients of these awards are nominated by the program's coordinator and each award is $2000. An application is not required.

The University of Guelph has established a number of awards which provide bursaries for students in financial need. To be eligible for these bursaries, students must complete a needs assessment application available from Student Financial Services.

Link: Student Financial Services

External Scholarships

The main sources of external funding for MA students are the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS), and the SSHRC/CGS Master’s Scholarships. MA students are strongly encouraged to apply for all sources of external funding for which they are eligible. For more information about terms and conditions of these awards, please consult the respective websites:

Link: Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
Link: SSHRC Master's Scholarships


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Work opportunities

Our program has a relationship with the Humber Writing Centre: each year, the Writing Centre hires four Creative Writing MFA students to work as tutors for three academic terms. Remuneration is equivalent to that of a teaching assistant; however, all students complete their weekly hours assisting students in the Writing Centre, rather than grading papers outside of the classroom — as is the case for most teaching assistants.

Mahak Jain, the program's administrator, is the main point of contact for these work opportunities. A call for applications is forwarded by Mahak to all students in the month of August.

For more information, please contact Mahak Jain: jainm@uoguelph.ca or 647.459.1331.