Bursaries, fellowships and grants for writers

Bursaries, fellowships, travel grants and other opportunities for writers


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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland’s International programme has been designed to develop the skills and expertise of the sector, building knowledge, capacity and networks for the future. We welcome applications from those who are new to international working as well as those with a more established approach. Companies and individuals in receipt of funding are expected to share the outcomes of their work with others.


Etxepare Basque Institute (Basque Government)

The Etxepare Basque Institute’s mission is to promote Basque language and culture around the world, including the promotion and support of translations of Basque literature into other languages and collaborations with organisations dedicated to the diffusion of Basque culture.

The EBI issues grants for the promotion of Basque literature, translation of works and travel for writers. Visit http://www.etxepareinstitutua.net for more information.


Jan Michalski Foundation

The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is attributed each year by the Jan Michalski Foundation (based in Switzerland) to a work of world literature. An original feature of the prize is its multicultural nature. It is open to authors from the world over and is intended to contribute to their international recognition. The prize will be awarded for works of fiction or non fiction, irrespective of the language in which they are written. The winner will receive an amount of CHF 50,000, offering the possibility of greater dedication to his or her art. The authors of short-listed works will be invited for a three-month period of residence at the Maison de l’Ecriture.

The Foundation also promotes and supports literary projects, particularly through the granting of financial support. Find out more at: http://www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/bourses/.


Swedish Arts Council

The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) is responsible for the allocation of state cultural funding in Sweden.

It runs a support scheme for publishers wishing to publish Swedish literature in translation. It also publishes the magazine New Swedish Books which provides details in English of some of the most interesting recent titles published in Sweden.

The Swedish Arts Council can provide limited funding for international cultural exchange initiatives. Grants are awarded for travel expenses, or, for example, when international artists make guest appearances in Sweden, for hotel and travel expenses within Sweden. Visit the council’s website to find out more.

The council also administers the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children’s literature.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Scholarships

UK citizens can apply to this travelling scholarship for projects that involve travelling overseas for 4-8 weeks. The idea must involve learning from others and allow the applicant to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in UK. It must also improve the effectiveness in their career or field of interest. Find out more at: http://www.wcmt.org.uk

FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards

FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. Includes an award for writers in Africa and the Middle East for works of fiction published in English:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/112396

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives in England. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. The Arts council runs various grants for writers and translators including an international opportunities fund. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

Grants for publishing translations in England have been devolved to the English PEN PEN Translates! fund.


Arts Council Northern Ireland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland  is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. They are the main support for artists and arts organisations, offering a broad range of funding opportunities through our Exchequer and National Lottery funds. The council supplies grants for international artist’s development and self-arranged residencies: http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/subpages/funding.htm


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