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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Children's Lit Fellows will be on hiatus for the 2021 Academic year.

Please check back for updates as to when applications will re-open.


There are two "tracks", or options, for participation in the Children's Lit Fellows program: the 16-credit Graduate Certificate track, or the  Non-Credit track.

Anyone with a high school diploma (or international equivalent) who speaks and writes in fluent English is eligible to apply for the non-credit option. You need not have a college degree, and you may participate from anywhere in the world. Please refer to the instructions below for Non-Credit Applicants.

For the 16-credit  graduate certificate  option, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. You needn’t have been an English major; any discipline is acceptable, but an undergraduate degree is required. Except in special circumstances, you must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Please refer to the instructions below for Graduate Certificate Applicants.

You are also eligible to apply even if you are already enrolled in another graduate degree-granting program at Stony Brook University or elsewhere.

Please note: The credits you earn as a Children’s Lit Fellow cannot be counted toward any other degree, nor can credits from elsewhere be transferred to the Fellows program.

This program is not eligible for scholarship/financial aid from the university. Please see our  Frequently Asked Questions  section for more information about tuition assistance.


The Fellows program runs from January - January, each year. Applications may be started anytime. The deadline for completed applications is November 15

How To Apply:

Please read through and/or print the application instructions below before you begin the application process .

We also ask that you read the answers to our  Frequently Asked Questions  prior to applying.

NOTE: Stony Brook students, faculty and staff should scroll to the bottom of the page for specific instructions relating to your affiliation with Stony Brook.

Non-Credit Applicants

You will need the following documents:

1) A Statement of Purpose  discussing your reasons for study and your evolution as a writer. This should be one or two pages, the length of a good letter.

2) A Writing Sample in the specific genre you wish to pursue. For picture books, this should be a manuscript draft of up to 1000 words. For chapter books, middle grade or young adult novels, up to 25 pages.

3) Your CV, resume or bio  

4) Two letters of recommendation

Email a complete set of these documents (as PDF or Word.doc attachments) to the Program Director, at

Alternatively, you may snail mail the materials (to be received no later than November 15) to the following address:

Director, Children’s Lit Fellows
Creative Writing and Literature
Chancellors Hall, Room 238
Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968

If accepted, you will need to fill out a simple form to enroll.

16-Credit Graduate Certificate Applicants

You will need the same materials as above, but you will be applying via the Stony Brook Graduate School’s online application  system. You will need the information below to complete your application.

Once you have read the instructions, click on the link below to begin the application process:   

Stony Brook Graduate School’s online application

NOTE: During  July and August, Stony Brook Graduate School’s online application system is on temporary hiatus while the school transitions from one academic calendar year to the next. The system re-opens for applications in mid-August.


  1. The program to which you are applying is the Certificate in Children's Literature
  2. The Entrance Date for which you are applying is Spring.
  3. For “Specialization,” please type your genre.  You are applying as a part-time student.
  4. You will need to upload the following materials:
    • A statement of purpose discussing your reasons for study and your evolution as a writer. This should be one or two pages, the length of a good letter.
    • A writing sample of up to 10 pages of creative writing for picture books or 25 pages for chapter, middle grade or young adult.
    • A c.v. or résumé
    • Contact information for two (2) references. The application system will email your recommenders with instructions to upload their letters. PLEASE NOTE: The system will prompt you for three (3) references, but you need only submit two (2). Also, the online system will request reference letters from supervisors and employers, however we are primarily interested in receiving letters from people who can attest to your writing skills and your interest in children's lit, i.e. writing teacher, critique partner, etc. 
  5. Even though the application will ask for it, you do not need GRE scores. 
  6. NOTE: Even though the application will ask whether you are applying for financial aid consideration, please note that certificate programs are not eligible for scholarships/financial aid from within the university.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about tuition assistance.
  7. Finally, you will need to have an official transcript from any undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended sent to our program office:

    Director, Children’s Lit Fellows

    Creative Writing and Literature 

    Chancellors Hall, Room 238 

    Stony Brook Southampton 

    239 Montauk Highway 

    Southampton, NY 11968

The transcript(s) must be official - we cannot accept copies. 

If you are accepted, we will ask for a second set of official transcripts.


Matriculating Stony Brook University  seniors or graduate students  seeking either the 16-credit Graduate Certificate option or the non-credit option do not need to apply through SB’s online application portal (Apply Yourself.) Simply email your Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample, CV and two letters of recommendation prior to November 15 to Indicate that you are a Stony Brook student in your SoP. If accepted, you would then need to fill out a simple form to enroll.  NOTE: If you have already graduated, you will need to apply through the official portal.

Stony Brook faculty members, staff and administrators may be pre-screened for admission by emailing your Statement of Purpose (identifying as faculty/staff), writing sample, CV and two letters of recommendation to by November 15.  If accepted, you will hear from us by December 10. If you intend to pursue the 16-credit Graduate Certificate option, you will then have until December 15 to file an official application through Stony Brook’s “Apply Yourself” portal, which has an associated application fee of $100 – but you will only need to do this if you have already been accepted to the program. If you are applying for non-credit, there is only a simple form to complete once you have been offered admission.

Unfortunately, this program is no longer eligible for UUP tuition waivers. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please indicate in your Statement of Purpose whether you are applying for the 16-credit Graduate Certificate or the non-credit track. .

Please review our  answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Email with any further questions.