The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program at BMI offers nine-month fellowships to published writers. Fellowships are awarded to candidates whose work ranges away from the American experience and into international terrain and whose ongoing project would benefit from a period of sustained immersion. The program accepts applications from novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, nonfiction writers, historians, political scientists, and public intellectuals.


BMI awards up to three fellowships each year to outstanding writers who have published at least one book before the time of application. There are no degree requirements.

Terms and conditions

Fellows receive a $60,000 stipend, a computer-equipped office, and access to UNLV's Lied Library. They remain in residence at BMI for the duration of the fellowship term (late August to mid-May) and work daily at the BMI offices. Fellows are required to give a talk on their work in progress at a public forum, and to take part in BMI programs. Additionally, fellows must make themselves available, on occasion, as visitors to UNLV graduate classes in fields related to their own work. They are also invited to attend monthly brown bag lunches among BMI's faculty fellows and UNLV's creative writing professors and graduate students.

BMI Bennett Fellowship

BMI will award one fellowship to an author who has published at least one critically acclaimed book in English. The BMI Bennett Fellow will spend nine months in residence at BMI.

BMI-Kluge Fellowship in partnership with the Library of Congress

Contingent upon funding, BMI is pleased to offer one fellowship in conjunction with the Library of Congress. The successful candidate will spend a portion of his or her time in Las Vegas and a portion at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., making use of the nation's largest and most prestigious research library. Applicants may make their preference for this particular fellowship known on the general application form. Please note that additional application materials are required for this fellowship; consult the general application instructions for further information.

Fellowship for International Writers

BMI will award one fellowship to a foreign-born writer writing in English or his/her native language who also has a proficiency in English and at least one book translated into English. Applicants may make their preference for this particular fellowship known on the general application form.

Since its inception, the Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program has received generous support from Diana L. Bennett, Tom and Mary Gallagher, Sonja and Michael Saltman, the International Women's Forum, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education.
2015-16 Shearing Fellow Okey Ndibe
Application & Deadlines

To apply for the 2016-17 residency cycle, download the PDF form. You may also write us at to request an application via e-mail or post.

The postmark deadline for applications is November 15, 2015, and the 2016-17 Fellows will be notified in May of 2016.

Application Fee

The application fee may now be paid online, via PayPal, at


If you have questions about the Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program, please email

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