Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, Wales Closing Date : 29 April 2016




 Translation and Writing Fellowship at LAF, Aberystwyth University

Application deadline 29 April 2016

Literature Across Frontiers is pleased to launch a Translation and Creative Writing Fellowship, supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust, for literary practitioners from India who combine the discipline of literary translation and writing. Translators who also write in any genre including prose, poetry, drama, essay and non-fiction or writers who are also practicing translators are invited to apply for the 2016 Fellowship. In 2016 we are offering one Fellowship, and the successful applicant will be given the opportunity to spend three months at Aberystwyth University in Wales in the autumn working on a literary project of their choice combining translation and writing. While their project will form the focus of their stay with us, we also encourage Fellows to engage in the academic, cultural and social life of the faculty.

Applications close on 29th of April 2016 and are open to Indian citizens resident in India who are both writers and translators.

Aberystwyth University has a long-standing literary connection with India through the two initiatives based at the Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture: Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) and Wales Literature Exchange (WLE) which have been jointly running literary and translation projects in India and with Indian writers and translators since 2009.

Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) – European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate is based at the Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture within the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts which offers teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level in creative writing and translation and hosts the interdisciplinary Centre for Cultural Translation. We aim to offer the CWIT Fellow the opportunity to present papers and talk about work in progress with creative writers and translators.

Aberystwyth and the University

Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University boasts a long history as the oldest higher education institution in Wales. Aberystwyth is located on the coast of Mid-Wales and is the home of the National Library of Wales and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre which belongs to the University. In addition to being a legal deposit library, the National Library of Wales purchases material of special interest, including collections in and about Indian languages. Being an attractive and lively university town makes Aberystwyth an ideal place for a residency – stimulating enough while not as distracting as a large city would be.

Mercator Institute and the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts

The Mercator Institute is a research institution running projects in the fields of literature, languages, media and publishing, and has hosted initiatives such as LAF and WLE for over fifteen years, as well as hosting shorter term projects, supported from EU and other sources. It is located within the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts (ILLCA), and its Director, Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, is also in charge of the newly established Centre for Creative Translation and Master of Art in Professional Translation Studies. Taking into consideration the India-related activities of Literature Across Frontiers headed by Alexandra Büchler, the Institute is in an ideal position to offer a stimulating and rewarding working environment to the CWIT Fellow.

The Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts offers courses in creative writing and translation and we would aim to offer the CWIT Fellow an opportunity to lead seminars for post-graduate students, present papers and discuss work in progress with writers and translators.

Residency period 2016

In 2016 the residency period will be from mid-September to mid-December.

(In 2017 the residency will be offered in spring and autumn to allow for more flexibility.)

What we offer

  • Contribution towards international travel costs up to £600
  • Monthly living grant of £1400 for the duration of the fellowship to cover accommodation and subsistence costs
  • Choice of accommodation in town at different price levels
  • Structured programme of academic and literary engagement with a focus on interdisciplinary research
  • Facilitation of research and literary contacts
  • Opportunity to travel in Wales for research purposes and to connect with its literary and translation scene
  • Dedicated staff who will provide support for the CWIT Fellows during their stay


To be eligible the applicant must

  • be an Indian citizen, domiciled and resident in India
  • be an author as well as practicing translator of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction
  • have completed university-level education in the field of humanities, literature and/or literary translation, and/or have between five and seven years of professional experience manifested in published work
  • have a clear proposal stating what they plan to do during their residency and how they hope to use the experience on their return to India
  • have not been given a Charles Wallace India Trust Writing or Translation Fellowship grant within the previous five years.


Applications for the Fellowship will include the following:

  • a clear and concise proposal (no longer than 1000 words) of what you plan to achieve during the residency and how you will use this in your work once you return to India
  • two references from referees who know your work very well
  • examples of both your creative writing and translation (which will not be returned)
  • photo and full CV

Attachments must be in PDF, Word or JPEG format and should not be larger than 3MB.

Please do not send any supporting material such as books by post as such material cannot be taken into account in assessing your application and we will not be able to return it to you.

Your application should also include two completed reference forms from referees who know your work very well. This form should be completed by your referee, who should return it directly to LAF at the address below.

Any further enquiries can be made to and applications and references should be emailed to the same address as well as


The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight GMT of 29 April 2016. No late applications will be accepted. The successful applicant will be notified by 31st May 2016. We will acknowledge all received applications. If receipt of your application is not acknowledged within 10 days of dispatch, please resend it.


Download: Application Form for CWIT Translation and Writing Fellowship 2016.

Download: Request for Reference Form for CWIT Creative Writing and Translation Fellowship 2016.

Download: Charles Wallace Translation and Writing Fellowship 2016 Call Out

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