Phillips Exter Academy - Writer in Residence (George Bennett Fellowship)

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Program Description and Benefits: 

The George Bennett Fellowship provides time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer. The program offers a living stipend of approximately $15,000, plus housing, meals, medical and dental insurance, and long-term disability coverage. As Writer-in-Residence, the Fellow lives in Exeter for one academic year, and makes her- or himself available in an informal way to students interested in writing, students in English classes, and members of student literary organizations.

Applicant Profile: 

In the usual case, applicants will already have embarked on a writing project which requires time and freedom from material considerations to complete.


It is hoped that the manuscript, partially completed at the beginning of the Fellowship tenure, will be completed at the end, and submitted to a publisher.

Selection Criteria: 

Preference is given to a writer of fiction; however, literary non-fiction, poetry and drama are also eligible. The fellowship has no specific requirements as to gender, age or marital status. The writer is chosen on the basis of (1) the manuscript, with its evidence of literary skill and originality, (2) personal qualities – devotion to the writer's craft, industry, and integrity, adaptability to the environment of a boarding school in a small town; and capacity for meeting and aiding Exeter students. Of these two criteria, the first is of greater importance.

How To Apply: 

Graduating students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants may consult with the Fellowships Office on their application materials.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132