Attention Writers: UPDATED through October 2012--Scholarships and Opportunities

Added: 09 September 2011 to Scholarships and grants


There are several relevant scholarship opportunities available, with applications due in  Autumn/Winter 2011, as well as open-ended grants and projects.  Click on this article to see a listing of the scholarships organized by deadline date.

Ongoing Opportunities

The Eva Tas Foundation (help with publishing)

The Eva Tas Foundation is dedicated to assisting poets who may struggle to advance their literary projects due to lack of free speech and other mitigating factors. This often occurs in the form of helping to publish books that may not be possible otherwise. The Foundation operates primarily through the publishing companies of
Blesok in Macedonia and Azul Press in The Netherlands.

Open Society Fellowships--various fellowships offered, with deadlines throughout the year

Roberto Cimetta Travel Grants--various grants offered, with deadlines throughout the year

University of York, UK--Human Rights Defenders Residencies

The University of York has a programme for human rights activists to live in York for a period of 3-6 months and have access to the resources at the university's Center for Applied Human Rights. NOTE: Applications must come from nominating organizations, not individuals.

Art Moves Africa--travel grants

AMA grants assist artists living in Africa with their travel needs within the continent. Funds can be used for the cost of transportation, visa, and travel insurance only. Upcoming deadlines are 1 May 2012 and 1 September 2012, respectively, with the expectation of travel no earlier than two months after the application deadline.

European Cultural Foundation--Step Beyond travel grants

The grants support travel for writers based in Europe or the greater European region for travel between and within Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa.

Global Fund for Women--grants for women's groups

These grants provide funds to help women's groups financially in the following ways: General Support; Travel Grants; Organizing Meetings and Events. Grants generally range from $4000-10,000 USD and cannot fund US-based organizations. Funding prioritizes young (established less than five years ago) organizations that deal with controversial topics and/or marginalised groups. For more information, please visit:

The Hegg-Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women--small grants for displaced female writers

The Hegg-Hoffet Fund grants funds in the range of $500-2000 USD to refugee women to help get them set up in their new country of residence. These funds can be used towards getting degrees or qualifications translated or transferred, taking qualification exams, or short language courses, for example.

Res Artis Residencies--mainly geared at visual artists, with some literary opportunities. Check the web site for all programmes.


Ledig House International Writers' Residency Program, NY, USA

Application for 2013 must be sent in by October 2012.
Residencies of two weeks to two months are offered from March through June and September through November at Ledig House, a writers colony situated on 300 acres in the Hudson River Valley town of Omi, New York. Up to 20 poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators can be accommodated during each session. The residencies include room and board and opportunities to meet with New York City publishing professionals. There is no application fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Vermont Studio Center: Fellowships in February, April, and October 2012

VSC awards a number of fellowships for 4-week residencies throughout the year. In addition to VSC Awards, a variety of special fellowships are also available for full or partial funding as well as specific international fellowships with deadlines on April 1st. To apply for a fellowship, please use our brochure or download an application. To apply for a special fellowship award, applicants should note any additional award name(s) for which they are eligible.


International Fellowships
Next Deadline: April 1st, 2012

VSC awards a number of fellowships for 8-week residencies to international artists from specific countries through the generous support of the Educational Foundation of Americ and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Each residency award provides round-trip air travel, travelers health insurance, an exhibition in the Red Mill Gallery, and other benefits depending on the award. You may apply for these award on-line or by mail, please see our APPLY page. When applying, be sure to list your home country address as either your mailing or permanent address and list your country of citizenship to indicate your eligibility. Complete the fellowship section by listing the April 1 deadline and write EFA fellowships or Robert Sterling Clark fellowships in the special fellowship box.

Those artists not eligible for these particular awards are welcome to apply for Vermont Studio Center Fellowships, which are open to everyone, at 2/15/2012, 6/15/2012 and 10/1/2012.

Awards for the April 1 Deadline:

Educational Foundation of America (EFA) Fellowships for Artists and Writers from the Middle East
Sponsored by the Educational Foundation of America, three 8- week fellowship awards for outstanding artists and writers from the Middle East.

Robert Sterling Clark Fellowships for South American Artists

Sponsored by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, five fellowship awards for mid-career artists from the continent of South America.

The Vermont Studio Center holds three annual fellowship deadlines, with new juries and different awards each time. In 2011, VSC awarded 179 fellowships to artists and writers from the U.S. and 25 other countries.

12 April 2012 Deadline:

Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women, London & Nairobi

Conflict Security and Development Group’s, at King’s College, London.
Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women programme, is now in its fifth year. New announcements every year and they are available in February/March. The Fellowships start Sept/Oct every year.

The fellowship is run in conjunction with the University of Nairobi. Applicants must be from African countries and fluent in English.

The Fellowship programme is designed to expose professional African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development and equip them for careers in this field. The Fellowship programme was conceived against a number of background factors. First, is the comparatively low level of women involved in peace and security issues, especially as compared with those involved in human rights and development issues. Second, is the need to assist African women to meet the demands of the Beijing process and, more recently, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for the inclusion of women at all decision-making levels in “all national regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts”. This Fellowship is aimed at challenging the existing tendency that seems to reinforce the male dominant discourse on conflict and security related matters. It will also develop the network of African women scholars working in the field whilst linking them with the peace and security mechanisms of the regional institutions.

NEW: 31 January 2012 Deadline

Res Artis Residency at Villa Strauli near Zurich, Switzerland

This residency is open to artists of all disciplines and provides them with a studio space to work for 5 1/2 months starting in January 2013. Unfortunately, living expenses cannot be guaranteed but can be applied for separately if necessary.

Funding for creation of a course or workshop at Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Italy

This fund is open to writers and visual artists interested in designing their own workshop. The programme must be at least one week long.

Res Artis Residency at the Babyan House AiR, Cappadocia, Turkey

Targeted at visual artists as well as those involved in new media or social/eduational outreach. Looking for artists engaged in strengthening East/West dialogue.

March 2012 Deadline

1 March--Rural Art Residency (open to all disciplines), Portugal


December 2011 Deadline

IOWA International fellowship for women
Deadline: 1 December 2011

Fellowship year: July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013
Applications available: August 1 – December 1, 2011 2012 – 2013 Academic Year Master's/Professional Fellowship: $18,000 Doctoral Fellowship: $20,000 Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000 * All supporting documents must also be received by this date. If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, supporting documents must be received the next business day. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S. Questions about applications must be directed to the Iowa City office. Please do not contact the AAUW office in Washington, D.C., or local branches for application information. Please call 319/337-1716 ext. 60, e-mail


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