Apply for the Steinbeck Fellow Program

SteinbeckProgram Description:

The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University (SJSU), which was endowed through the generosity of Martha Heasley Cox, offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU. The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University's creative writing program.

The Steinbeck Fellowship Program is named in honor of author John Steinbeck and is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism. The program offers the opportunity to interact with other writers, faculty and graduate students, and to share their work in progress by giving a public reading once each semester during the fellowship.  The fellowships afford a stipend of $10,000. Residency in the San José area is required during the academic year (approximately 1 September - 20 May).

Fellowships Offered:

Currently, SJSU offers one-year fellowships in Steinbeck scholarship and in creative writing, including fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Applications in poetry will not be accepted. In awarding fellowships, the selection committee considers the quality of the candidate's proposal and any factors that would lead to expectations of future publication and other achievement. The creative writing fellowship does not require that there be any direct connection between Steinbeck's works and that of the applicant. Applicants who are enrolled in a graduate program of study must furnish evidence that they have completed all coursework, except any course registration associated with a thesis.

Stipend:  $10,000. Residency in the San José area is expected during the academic year. 

Application Checklist:

  • Proposal or Prospectus for Work to be Written (one to three pages including timeline).
  • Resumé.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation sent directly from the recommenders, by email or post.***
  • Writing Sample (no more than thirty pages).

       *** Letters may also be submitted by the applicant in sealed envelopes with recommender's signature across the flap.

Deadline: Postmark of 2 January 2016.

Announcement of Awards: April 2016.

Address all application materials and questions about the program by regular mail or email to:

Steinbeck Fellows Program 
Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
San José State University San José, CA 95192-0202

Phone:  408-808-2067 
Fax:      408-808-2069