Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship

The whole meaning of my life, which was jammed until midnight with fifteen different jobs and places, was writing. It took me a long time to know that, but I know it now.

 — Grace Paley

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School is welcoming applications for the Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship, a semester-long residency in the First-Year Writing Program. The Fellowship will honor a writer of considerable achievement, in any genre, whose work also reveals a concern for social justice. The Fellowship offers a $20,000 stipend and is located in New York City.

The Fellowship honors Grace Paley, whose commitment to the arts and activism—whose voice—is a model for the writer in our moment.

Eugene Lang College thanks Nora Paley and representatives of the Paley estate for their endorsement of this initiative.


The Grace Paley Fellow will teach a first-year essay-writing seminar for 15 incoming undergraduate students whose prior work indicates strong potential as a writer and researcher. Classes meet twice per week throughout the Fall 2017 semester. The Fellow will also work with an undergraduate Academic Fellow, who will attend the class and participate in workshops. In addition to the course, over the semester the Paley Fellow will deliver one public craft lecture, offer one public reading of new work, and participate in at least three informal lunch-time writing seminars where faculty take up various themes and topics of interest from our classes.

The Fellow will also work closely with the Director of First-Year Writing and other faculty to discuss pedagogy, grading, and assessment (including student preparedness for more advanced writing courses).


The Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship is open to writers in any genre (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama) whose work demonstrates a concern for social justice.

Applicants should have published at least two book-length works. These books, combined with additional publications, should demonstrate considerable achievement in the writer’s field and engagement with the world at large.

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.


To apply, please submit the following to Scott Korb, Director of First-Year Writing, at The deadline is May 1, 2017. Notification will be made July 1.

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and your work (teaching experience is preferred, but not essential);
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (1 page);
  • Two proposed course descriptions (approximately 150 words each) (see examples here:; click “expand all”);
  • Curriculum vitae (limit to 3 pages).



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