What are you looking for?


  • for fiction and non-fiction writers
  • by nomination
  • personal office and research facilities
  • stipend
  • subsidized accommodation (if eligible)


Eva Prakken at e.prakken@letterenfonds.nl or Dindy van Maanen at selection@nias.knaw.nl

Writer-in-Residence Fellowship

The Writer-in-Residence programme offers literary fiction and non-fiction writers writing in Dutch an opportunity to work for an extended period within an international academic community. It is a collaboration between NIAS and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds) in Amsterdam.

About the Writer-in-Residence Fellowship

The Writer-in-Residence fellowship is intended for fiction and non-fiction writers who are interested in working in a diverse community of international scholars. The view is that writers and scholars from the humanities, social sciences and other disciplines will benefit from each other’s work.

Practical Information

NIAS and Dutch Foundation for Literature offer one fellowships of one semester (5 months) per academic year

The fellowship is for Dutch-language literary writers of fiction or non-fiction. A Fellowship includes lunches, a personal study and research facilities, participation in academic and social events, and a stipend to compensate for lost earnings for the duration of the fellowship. Writers living abroad are eligible for subsidized studio accommodation in the center of Amsterdam. Writers living in the Netherlands receive a set commuting allowance. See here for more information about the conditions of a fellowship at NIAS.

Application and Selection

  • The Writer-in-Residence Fellowship is by nomination only. Publishing houses can recommend applicants to the Dutch Foundation for Literature
  • The Writer-in-Residence is selected by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS
  • For questions regarding Writer-in-Residence fellowships, please contact the Dutch Foundation for Literature – Eva Prakken e.prakken@letterenfonds.nl or NIAS – Dindy van Maanen, Partnership & Selection Officer- selection@nias.knaw.nl

About the Dutch Foundation for Literature

The Dutch Foundation for Literature offers grants and subsidies to writers, translators, publishers, literary magazines and festivals. The aim is to support high quality Dutch Literature and to encourage a diverse literary climate that takes into account new developments as well as literary heritage. The Foundation actively contributes to the promotion and dissemination of Dutch and Frisian Literature at home and abroad.

NIAS-Dutch Foundation for Literature partnership

The first Writer-in-Residence Fellowship was offered in 1999 as part of a collaboration with, what was then known as, the Stichting Fonds voor de Letteren and later the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Over the years, this successful fellowship has brought many renowned writers from both the Netherlands and abroad to NIAS to benefit from the unique and diverse academic setting.

For the selected writer-in-residence

If you have been awarded the writer-in-residence fellowship, please click on the link below to fill in a form for NIAS administrative purposes.

Form for nominational fellowships