Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program Fellowships

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College has several fellowship opportunities for students entering their first semester of the program. These include the following:

 The Francis L. Toner Fellowship for Veterans

Established by Solstice MFA program student Mark Jednaszewski, the Francis L. Toner Fellowship for Veterans honors the memory of LTJG Toner, United States Navy, who in 2011 was awarded the Silver Star (posthumously) for his service, gallantry, and self-sacrifice on behalf of his fellow officers in Afghanistan. The fellowship provides either a $1,000 tuition waiver toward the recipient’s first semester or free room and board on campus for the recipient’s first year in the Solstice MFA program.

Genre-Based Fellowships

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Solstice offers four $1,000 genre-based fellowships for students entering the program in the winter/spring semester:

  • The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction
  • The Martin B. Bernstein Fellowship for Poetry
  • The Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction
  • The Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent

Applicants who wish to be considered for any of our genre-based fellowships should submit the general application form. We will notify the winner in November. See our website ( for more details.