The Department of English, in conjunction with the Black Mountain Institute, offers the Black Mountain Institute Fellowship for students pursuing a doctorate of Philosophy in English with a Creative Dissertation. The program—which is centered on the study of English and American Literature—includes course work in literature and creative writing, a qualifying examination, and a creative dissertation in fiction, literary non-fiction, or poetry. Cross-genre work is also acceptable. Three fellows are admitted each year and are supported by the BMI fellowship, which comes with a stipend of $26,500 annually. The Ph.D. with a Creative Dissertation is designed to prepare students for careers in writing, teaching at the university level, editing, publishing and any other profession that involves an understanding of the humanities.
Admission is limited to those who hold an MA or MFA in English or Creative Writing. Distinguished BMI fellows include David Armstrong, Olivia Clare, Matt Shears, Vu Tran, and Heather Winterer, just to name a very few. For more information about Ph.D. application materials and program requirements, see UNLV’s Graduate Catalog.