10 Postdoctoral Creative Writing Fellowships

Aug 03, 2021
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You could win a $72,000 stipend to work on and publish your biography through the Biography Fellowship. (updated January 2024)

If you recently obtained a PhD and are eager to get the chance to do some independent creative writing, have a look at these fellowships! There are postdoctoral creative writing fellowships around the world for writers to have time devoted to creating an original piece of work. If one of these sounds like a great fit for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

American Academy in Berlin Prize

The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 24 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of 6-8 weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the U.S.

American Academy in Rome Prize

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome, Italy for five months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with a private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of half-term and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $30,000, respectively.

Bellagio Center Residency Program

The Bellagio Center Residency Program by The Rockefeller Foundation is a unique opportunity for academics, artists, policymakers, and practitioners to unleash their creativity and propel innovative projects forward. This 4-week residential program fosters a collaborative environment, allowing participants to dedicate focused time to completing specific projects. While projects can span any topic, they must exhibit a distinct social impact and charitable purpose. Engage with a diverse community of up to 15 scholars, artists, and practitioners from around the globe. Financial travel support is available for those with demonstrated need.

Biography Fellowship

The Leon Levy Center for Biography offers four resident fellowships at the Graduate Center for the academic year in support of a proposed biography project. Awards include writing space, full access to research facilities, research assistance, and a stipend of $72,000. Fellows devote their time to their projects and participate in monthly seminars and public events of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, including the annual lecture and the annual conference. Preference in the award of fellowships is given to those who have not yet published biography or received fellowships for the writing of a biography.

Camargo Core Program

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, is a residential center offering to program in the Arts and Humanities. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. Applications from all countries, nationalities, and career levels are welcome. Scholars & Thinkers (including professionals and practitioners in creative fields such as curators, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc.) should be connected to the Arts and Humanities working on French and Francophone cultures, including but not limited to cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. Artists, in all disciplines, are the primary creators of a new work/project. Roundtrip transportation and a stipend of EUR 350 per week are available.

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowships

Leveraging Folger’s unparalleled collections, crucial for comprehending the humanities and their enduring relevance, the program facilitates fellows’ direct and prolonged interaction with rare and historical artifacts, books, costumes, manuscripts, periodicals, prints, and visual materials. Emphasizing collections-based research, the Folger Institute is dedicated to empowering scholars to pursue and progress their work. The institute will award non-residential research fellowships, providing $4,000 each to support four consecutive weeks of dedicated research and writing, fostering scholarly endeavors.

IRH Biruté Ciplijauskaité Fellowships in Spanish Literature and Culture of the Iberian Peninsula

The Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is excited to announce the availability of up to three Biruté Ciplijauskaité Fellowships for an academic year. These fellowships, open to scholars from outside the University of Wisconsin–Madison, may be extendable for a second year. Designed for PhD holders at any career stage, particularly those engaged in Spanish Iberian cultural studies, focusing on Peninsular Spanish poetry. Ciplijauskaité Fellows must reside on campus throughout the academic year. They receive a stipend of $60,000, dedicated office space, comprehensive support services, and full access to university facilities.

Harold Jones and Frances Murray Research Fellowship

The Harold Jones and Frances Murray Research Fellowship award up to $2,500 to encourage research by curators, historians, social scientists, writers, artists, and critics, on photographers whose archives are at the Center. Advanced scholars and researchers from any discipline are encouraged to apply. Pre-doctoral applicants must have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree and must be engaged in dissertation research. Selection is based on the quality of the proposed research and its relationship to the Center’s collections. The Center for Creative Photography is recognized as one of the world’s finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography.

Kenneth J. Botto Research Fellowship

The Kenneth J. Botto Research Fellowship awards up to $2,500 to support research at the Center for Creative Photography by curators, writers, and researchers investigating the life and work of Kenneth J. Botto; photographers working to incorporate set-up, collage, or constructed imagery; or photographers whose work is a critical comment on political, social, and/or art historical issues in society. Advanced scholars and researchers from any discipline are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on the quality of the proposed research and its relationship to the Center’s collections. The Center for Creative Photography is recognized as one of the world’s finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography.

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