The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program at UNLV's Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) offers three nine-month fellowships for the academic year 2016-17. The Bennett Fellows Program comprises two types of fellowships: Bennett Fellows (occasionally named in honor of individual donors) spend all nine months at BMI in Las Vegas; Kluge Fellows divide their time between BMI and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. One fellowship position per year, of either type, is reserved for an international writer.


BMI awards fellowships to outstanding writers in any genre who have published at least one critically acclaimed book available in English before the time of application. Applicants must have an ongoing project that would benefit from a period of sustained immersion, and some preference is given to candidates whose work ranges away from the American experience and into international terrain. Visit our website to see a listing of past fellows.

Terms and conditions

Fellows receive a $60,000 stipend, a computer-equipped office, and access to UNLV's Lied Library. Bennett Fellows (Kluge Fellows, see below) remain in residence at BMI for the duration of the fellowship term (late-August to mid-May) and work daily at the institute. Fellows are expected to attend BMI activities and must make themselves available, on occasion, as visitors to UNLV graduate classes in fields related to their work.

Kluge Fellowship in partnership with the Library of Congress

BMI offers one fellowship in conjunction with the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to a candidate whose work would be enhanced by access to the nation's largest research library. Kluge Fellows typically spend the fall (September to mid-December) at the Library of Congress and the spring (late-January to mid-May) at BMI. Applicants must make their preference for this fellowship known on page two of the application and must complete the research proposal on page five.

International Writers

BMI reserves one fellowship for an international writer working in any language who also has a proficiency in English and at least one book available in English. Applicants must indicate their international status (defined as holding non-U.S. or dual citizenship) on page two of this application. International writers are eligible for both Bennett and Kluge fellowships.

Since its inception, the Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program has received generous support from Diana L. Bennett, Tom and Mary Gallagher, Miriam Shearing, 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

The EXTENDED application deadline for the 2017-18 Bennet Fellowships is November 15, 2016. Mailed materials should postmarked by November 15.

Current Fellows
Past Fellows