The Department of English 
at the University of Virginia
invites inquiries and applications associated with
the Rising Scholars Fellowship Program.
We are a top-ten English department located in Charlottesville, Virginia, including some of the nation’s most prominent literature scholars, a world-renowned Creative Writing Program, and a distinguished undergraduate program in Writing and Rhetoric. Charlottesville and the University of Virginia are a prominent locus for considerations of race, place, and equity, and the English Department is committed to research and teaching in issues of race and social justice.
We are a large department, with faculty doing work in a wide variety of fields. We have experience in many forms of mentorship, including programs that involving mentoring junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, and K-12 colleagues. With the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, we will provide research and pedagogical support and mentoring for members of the Rising Scholars program who join our community. We seek recent postgraduates who hold either the PhD or the MFA.
For information on the department and its curriculum, see We invite you to write directly to members of our faculty, whom you’ll find under the “People” banner. For broader questions about our programs, we encourage you to contact:
John O’Brien, Chair, Department of English,
Lisa Russ Spaar, Director, Creative Writing,
Victor Luftig, Director, Writing and Rhetoric,
For more information on the Rising Scholars Fellowship Program, see here.