Charles Wallace Fellowship in Creative Writing

Since 1994, the University of Stirling has worked with the Charles Wallace India Trust to offer a Writer’s Fellowship. Through the generosity of the Trust, we are able to welcome an Indian writer to the UK and provide them with an opportunity to spend time at Stirling, devoting themselves to their own writing and contributing to the life of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Centre of Postcolonial Studies.

Who is the fellowship for?

The fellowship is awarded by the University of Stirling and the Charles Wallace India Trust to an individual who:

  • Is an Indian citizen, domiciled and resident;
  • Has completed university-level education in the field of literature and/or is at an early to mid stage of their career, with at least five years' professional experience. 
  • Has a clear proposal stating what they plan to do at the University of Stirling and how they hope to use the experience on their return to India;
  • Has not been given a Charles Wallace India Trust grant within the previous five years.

What is its value?

The Charles Wallace India Trust currently pays £1227 a month to the writer to cover all accommodation, living and local travel costs. The Fellowship is for up to three months. International return fares are also covered. Office space and a networked computer will be provided for the duration of the fellowship.

How to apply

Applications will be invited from 10 June to a deadline of 30 September each year, and should be addressed to Dr Gemma Robinson at the address below. The selection process normally takes two months. The Fellowship will begin normally in the February of the following year (exact date to be confirmed). The successful applicant will be based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Division of Literature and Languages at the University of Stirling and the Centre of Postcolonial Studies.

Applications should include:

  • a CV
  • a statement of about two pages describing what you wish to achieve during your stay at Stirling and how this will benefit your work on your return to India
  • two references from referees who know your work well (these can be included in the application or sent separately)
  • examples of your creative writing (which will not be returned)

Applicants may submit their applications either by post to the address below, or electronically by email to cwfellowship@stir.ac.uk. Please mark your application clearly with ‘Charles Wallace Fellowship in Creative Writing’.

Dr Gemma Robinson
Charles Wallace Fellowship in Creative Writing
Literature and Languages
University of Stirling
STIRLING FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1786 467494
Fax: +44 (0)1786 466210
cwfellowship@stir.ac.uk

General enquiries can also be addressed to Dr Gemma Robinson at cwfellowship@stir.ac.uk

The annual deadline for applications is 30 September.

Holders of the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowships at Stirling:

2015-16 Simar Preet Kaur
2014-15 Mihir Vatsa
2013-14 Snehal Vadher
2012-13 Janani Ambikapathy
2011-12 Nabina Das
2010-11 Sridala Swami
2009-10 Srilata Krishnan
2008-09 Janhavi Acharekar
2007-08 Namrata Bhawnani
2006-07 Siddharth Chowdhury
2005-06 Anie Zaidi
2004-05 Indrajit Hazra
2003-04 Shreekumar Varma
2002-03 Arundhati Subramaniam
2001-02 Namita Gokhale
2000-01 Anuradha Marwah Roy and Manju Kapoor
1999-2000 Smitha Agarwal
1998-99 Jayabrato Chatterjee
1997-98 Rukun Advani
1996-97 in abeyance
1995-96 Manju Kak
1994-95 Vijay Nambisan

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you define ‘creative writing’?

We take a wide view of creative writing and will consider applications from writers working, for example, on poetry, prose (fiction and non-fiction), graphic writing, drama and film scripts.

How much work should I include in the writing sample?

We do not have a strict policy on the length of the writing sample, so we accept writing samples of varying sizes. For example, some applicants may have already published a novel or collection of short stories or poems, and could submit this. Other applicants may be developing a first substantial work, and instead could send a portfolio. In the latter case applicants should make a careful selection, rather than sending us all his/her published/written work.

Will my work be returned?

No, unfortunately work cannot be returned to applicants.

At what stage in my career can I apply for the fellowship?

We ask for applicants to have completed university-level education in the field of literature and/or to be at an early to mid stage of their career, with at least five years' professional experience. The fellowships have been awarded to writers who are at an early stage in their careers and have not yet published a substantial body of work, but many successful applicants already have a strong publication record (having published a collection of poetry or short stories, a novel, or work in literary journals, for example).

Can I apply for more than one creative writing fellowship in the same year?

Yes, and please state clearly in your application the names of the other institutions to which you are applying, and your order of priority. You might also note that the personal statement requires you to describe ‘what you wish to achieve during your stay at Stirling’. Applicants should therefore consider the benefits of spending their fellowship at Stirling.

Will you acknowledge receipt of my application?

Yes.

Can you provide feedback on my application?

Due to the large number of applications, regrettably we are not able to offer feedback on submitted applications.

How does the selection process work?

The selection committee is made up from the University of Stirling's creative writing staff and colleagues from the Centre of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. This includes Kathleen Jamie, Meaghan Delahunt, Liam Bell and Gemma Robinson. The selection process usually takes approximately 2 months. We will contact the successful applicant by email or post if email is not available.

How is the fellowship award administered?

The fellowship award is administered in Stirling. Accommodation costs are normally first deducted from the stipend and then the remainder is divided into an allowance for living expenses. The Charles Wallace India Trust’s contribution to your return air fare is paid in Pounds sterling once you are in the UK

I was not successful in a previous application. Can I apply again?

Yes, we accept reapplications.

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