LAF – Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship 2017 Call

Literature Across Frontiers is pleased to announce its 2017 Translation and Creative Writing Fellowship, supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust, for early to mid-career literary practitioners from India who combine the discipline of literary translation and writing.  Applications are open to Indian citizens resident in India who are both writers and translators in any genre including prose, poetry, drama, essay and non-fiction or writers who are also practicing translators.

In 2017 we are offering one Fellowship either in spring or autumn / winter. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to spend three months at Aberystwyth University in Wales, 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.

Aberystwyth University has a long-standing literary connection with India through 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 staff, students and local 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 periods 2017

One residency will be offered In 2017 and applicants will be asked to indicate their preference:

  • from late March to late June


  • from mid-September to mid-December.

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 or on campus
  • Structured programme of academic and literary engagement with a focus on interdisciplinary research
  • Facilitation of research and literary contacts
  • Opportunity to connect with the literary and translation scene of Wales
  • 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 early to mid-career practicing translator as well as author in any genre including fiction, poetry, drama, essay or 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 to Sian Clement Williams at


The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight GMT of 27th January 2017. No late applications will be accepted. The successful applicant will be notified by 13th February 2017. We will acknowledge all received applications. If receipt of your application is not acknowledged within 5 working days of dispatch, please resend it or give us a call on +44 1970 622241 and leave a message