BMI-Believer Magazine Fellowship Application FAQS

 

What is the deadline?
The application period closes at midnight (PST) on November 1st, 2019.

Is there an application fee?
No.

I haven’t published a book. Am I eligible for the fellowship?

While this fellowship is for both emerging and distinguished writers, we are looking for candidates who have published at least one well-received book. 

My first book won’t be out before the application deadline, but I will have bound galleys. Can I apply?

Yes, you may. As a reminder, we ask that candidates have at least one book published. Often times, critical reception is only evident after publication. You are welcome to apply, or you can defer your application to the following year. Best of luck!

What specifically do I send for the various fellowships?
Please send a cover letter, a short writing sample (10-20 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt), and a proposal (no more than two pages) for how you’d like to contribute to the Black Mountain Institute and its community. (This may include, for example, public engagements, direct involvement with students or other groups, contributions to The Believer, or contributions to the global defense of freedom of expression). We only accept submissions through Submittable. Finalists will be asked to send copies of their books.

 

Where do I my application?
Apply through Submittable.
 

To whom should I follow up to make sure it’s been received?
Please email blackmountaininstitute@unlv.edu with any questions.

 

When will I hear?
Applicants will be notified no later than March 2020.

 

Who reviews these applications?
Candidate selection will be made by an advisory committee, comprised of community stakeholders, graduate students, and our staff.

What are the fellowship dates?
We are selecting fellows for two terms: fall 2020 and spring 2021.

How much time am I expected to spend in Las Vegas?
Fellows are expected to be in Las Vegas for the full term of their fellowships.

Does the fellowship include housing?
Yes, BMI fellows are provided housing, rent-free and adjacent to other artists, in downtown Las Vegas, home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s wondrous independent bookstore.  Fellows cover their own utilities.

What is the or stipend for this fellowship?
Fellows will receive $20,000, paid through a part-time, semester-long employment ("letter of appointment"). Fellows are paid on the first of each month (partial months of services are prorated accordingly). Note: all UNLV employees, including BMI's visiting fellows, are subject to mandatory retirement withholdings (You can learn more about UNLV's FICA Alternative Plan).

What does the “working fellowship” entail?

BMI's visiting fellows are asked to maintain regular in-office presence (no less than 10 hours a week), in addition the BMI's service hour requirements (also, 10 hours a week). Fellowship responsibilities are flexible and custom-tailored to fellows’ particular interests and projects.

Is health insurance included?
Under the fellowship, fellows are be eligible for health coverage. (Learn more about UNLV plan options and rates.) Health coverage would begin on the first day of the month concurrent with, or following, the commencement of the fellowship and ends the last day of the month in which the fellowship ends. (To illustrate: If a fellow elected to receive health coverage during their BMI fellowship and, if their residency ran from 8/26/19 - 12/14/19, they would receive health coverage from 9/1/19 - 12/31/19.)

In addition, the UNLV health center has an excellent drop-in clinic and pharmacy, where fellows—regardless of their insurance status—can see a nurse practitioner or a physician.

Do I need a car in Las Vegas?
Getting around is a lot easier if you have car in Las Vegas. We strongly encourage bringing a vehicle if you have it; however, it’s not requirement to be a fellow. Rideshares (Lyft and Uber), bike share, and public transportation are also available.