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Call for Writers-in-Residence 21/22

The Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS-KNAW invite publishers and others to nominate a writer for the writer-in-residence fellowship at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam for the academic year 2021/22. This position is intended for a literary writer who is working on a project that would benefit from an extended stay as part of a diverse community of international scholars. Nominations can be submitted before 15 March 2021 (noon).

The writer-in-residence programme is a joint initiative by NIAS-KNAW and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds). For the academic year 2021/22, they offer two fellowships: one for a Dutch literary writer (September 2021 until February 2022), and one for a literary writer from abroad (February until July 2022).
If the possibility for physical meetings is still limited, there is an online fellowship programme.

Dutch Writer

Candidates should have an established literary presence and/or excellent publication record and a project proposal that clearly benefits from a NIAS stay and the exchange of ideas with scholars from the humanities, social sciences and other disciplines. The candidate is expected to have excellent English speaking skills so that they can fully participate in the international setting at NIAS-KNAW.

Writer from Abroad

Publishers, literary agents and translators can nominate literary writers from abroad for the position of writer-in-residence for the period February to July 2022. The same requirements apply for candidates from abroad as for Dutch candidates, but the position of writer in residence is intended for fiction and non-fiction writers whose work is or will be translated into the Dutch language.

The writer-in-residence from abroad is offered a stipend, an international return ticket, a personal office and studio accommodation in the centre of Amsterdam against subsidized rate.


For more information about the writer-in-residency for Dutch authors, please contact Greetje Heemskerk. For authors from abroad, please contact Fleur van Koppen. Nominations or direct applications can be emailed to Heemskerk or Van Koppen until Monday 15 March noon. The nomination contains a motivational letter, a project description (maximum 3 pages), the names and addresses of two professional referees (among whom your Dutch publisher), a curriculum vitae and a list of all (major) publications.

NIAS and the Dutch Foundation for Literature together select the two candidates.

About the Dutch Foundation of 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.

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