Charles Wallace Fellowship

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.

Due to uncertainties in relation to COVID-19, we are suspending the competition for 2021. This means we will not be accepting applications this summer, and the normal deadline of 30 September 2020 will not apply. 
We are very sorry not to be able to offer the fellowship at Stirling in 2021 - hosting the fellowship is one of the highlights of our academic year. This decision has been taken with the Charles Wallace Trust India, and we plan to reopen the fellowship for 2022. 
We send all our well wishes to Fellows, past and future. Stay safe and stay well.

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 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
General enquiries:

The annual deadline for applications is 30 September.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

No, unfortunately work cannot be returned to applicants.

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).

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.

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

The selection committee is made up from the University of Stirling's creative writing staff and colleagues from the Postcolonial Studies research group. The selection process usually takes approximately 2 months. We will contact the successful applicant by email or post if email is not available.

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.