Open call

NIAS-KNAW writers in residence 2019-2020

19 March 2019

The Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS-KNAW invite publishers and others to nominate a writer for the witer-in-residence fellowship at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam for the academic year 2019/20. This prestigious position is intended for a 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 until 1 May.

The writer-in-residence programme is a joint initiative by NIAS-KNAW and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds). For the academic year 2019/20, they offer two fellowships: one for a Dutch writer (September 2019 until February 2020), and one for a writer from abroad (February until July 2020).


Dutch writer

The candidate should have an established literary presence and/or excellent publication record, whose project clearly benefits from a NIAS stay and the exchange with scholars from the humanities, social sciences and other discplines. The candidate is expected to have excellent English speaking skills, to be able to fully participate in the international setting of NIAS-KNAW.

The Dutch writer-in-residence is offered a grant of 10.000 euro, a personal office and, if eligible, studio accommodation in the centre of Amsterdam.

Writer from abroad

Publishers, literary agents, translators and literary festivals can nominate a candidate for the non-Dutch writer-in-residence fellowship. The same requirements apply as for the Dutch writer, with the additional requirement that the candidate’s work should be published by a Dutch publisher in Dutch translation.

The writer-in-residence from abroad is offered a stipend of 2600 per month, an international return ticket, a personal office and studio accommodation in the centre of Amsterdam.


For more information about the writer-in-residency for Dutch authors, please contact Greetje Heemskerk. For foreign authors, please contact Fleur van Koppen. Nominations or direct applications can be emailed to them until Wednesday 1 May 2019, 17.00 hours. The nomination exists of a project proposal, motivation, oeuvre-overview, CV and the writer’s most recent publication.

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

More information

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