Duke University  Follow

Duke University Libraries Rudolph William Rosati Visiting Writer Program 2017, USA

Publish Date: Apr 21, 2016

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Duke University Libraries Rudolph William Rosati Visiting Writer Program

The Rosati Fellowship provides support for a creative writer to conduct research during a 3-week residency in the Duke University Libraries, which include the Perkins & Bostock Libraries(our primary research library); the Lilly Library (art, film, and performing arts); the Biddle Music Library; and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Rosati Fellowship is awarded biennially, and was awarded for the first time this year.

The 2015-16 Rosati Visiting Fellow is Roxana Robinson, who will be in residence at Duke January 28-February 18, 2016. Ms. Robinson is the acclaimed author of numerous novels and short stories, including Sparta, her most recent novel, as well as the definitive biography of Georgia O'Keefe. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Hunter College/CUNY MFA Program, has received NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and is President of the Authors' Guild. During her residency, Ms. Robinson will give a reading and book signing, and conduct a master class for writing students, in addition to conducting research in the library--please see Duke University Libraries for more information on events during her visit.

The Rosati Fellowship encourages the creative use of the Duke University Libraries’ world-class collections and fosters undergraduate creative writing by creating new learning opportunities for Duke University students. The Rosati Fellow will be given significant time to conduct research in our collections as well as dedicated space for writing. Additionally, the Rosati Fellow will have the opportunity to give a public reading of his or her work at Duke University and to conduct a master class for Duke University undergraduates.

We welcome applications from writers who work in a wide variety of creative forms. These will include, but are not limited to, fiction, drama, poetry, screenwriting, and creative non-fiction.  Forms of writing that will not be considered for this fellowship are academic writing (such as scholarly articles and monographs), journalism, and technical writing.

The Rudolph William Rosati endowment was established at Duke in 1978 “to encourage, advance and reward creative writing among students at the University and particularly among undergraduate students.” 

Artists in other media are encouraged to apply for the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist Fellowship.

Fellowship Includes

  • $7,500, plus the cost of travel, for a 3-week residency at Duke. Accommodations are not included.
  • Access to the rich resources of the Duke University Libraries, including one-on-one research consultations with our subject librarians and curators.
  • An individual study office in the newly renovated Rubenstein Library, which is immediately adjacent to Perkins & Bostock Libraries on Duke’s beautiful West Campus. 

Fellowship Requirements

  • The Rosati Fellow will give a single master class in writing for creative writing students (or other relevant student group). A description of this class should be included in the application materials.
  • The Rosati Fellow will give a public reading of his/her work at Duke University, to be arranged by the Rosati Committee.
  • The Rosati Fellow will submit a brief report to the Rosati Committee at the end of his/her visit, summarizing his/her experiences and accomplishments during the visit.
  • The Rosati Fellow must live more than 100 miles outside of Durham, NC.

Judging and Criteria

  • Applicants will be reviewed by the Rosati Committee, a committee comprised of two Duke faculty members and two Duke librarians. Faculty membership on this committee rotates biennially.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on their past achievements as well as the strengths of their two proposals, the research proposal and master class proposal.
  • In their application, applicants should provide some evidence of the ability to lead a classroom discussion.

Application Process

Interested artists are encouraged to apply by submitting an application online

The complete application package includes:

  • Current resume or CV, including a list of any publications, awards, scholarships, or grants received, in PDF format.
  • Research Proposal: a one-page description of your current writing project and how your time in the Duke University Libraries will be spent. Please note which library collections will be most useful for your project.
  • Master Class Proposal: a one-page description of a single session for Duke University undergraduates interested in creative writing.
  • Name and contact information for at least one professional reference.

Deadlines and Dates

The upcoming Rosati Fellowship application cycle will begin in Spring 2017.

  • Fellowship posted in Spring 2017.
  • Applications due by May 1, 2017.
  • Review of applications during May 2017.
  • Recipient will be notified by July 1, 2017.
  • Fellowship to take place no earlier than September 1, 2017, with final dates to be negotiated with Library.

For More Information

Contact Sara Seten Berghausen, Associate Curator of Collections, Rubenstein Library (sara@duke.edu), for more information.

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:


Similar Opportunities



Study Levels


Opportunity Types


Eligible Countries


Host Countries

United States