How to Apply

The application/nomination period for the 2020-21 fellowship is December 15 (2019)--March 1 (2020).

The Brown International Writers Project is currently seeking nominations and applications for its one-year fellowship with residency.  The Fellowship is designed to provide sanctuary and support for established creative writers - fiction writers, playwrights, and poets - who are persecuted in their home countries or are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art.  The Fellow will be a member of a supportive community that includes faculty members and graduate students in Brown's Department of Literary Arts and the Watson Institute for International Studies, co-sponsors of the Project.  The fellowship will include a stipend, relocation funds, and health benefits. Brown will aid the writer in the visa and relocation process and provide administrative support, equipment and office space on the Brown campus in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Decisions will be made based on contribution to the field, extent of personal danger, quality of creative submission, and the degree to which the fellowship matches the candidate's capabilities and needs. 

Writers may apply for themselves or be nominated by a third party. The third party may be an individual, an organization, or an institution. The application guidelines for self nomination and third party nomination are similar, but there are significant differences. Please read the guidelines carefully in order to apply wth the information that is most relevant in your case. 

Self Nomination

  • A cover letter that explains your needs, circumstances and professional history
  • A writing sample of 10-25 pages (preferably in English)
  • A curriculum vitae
  •  Three (3) letters of support. We highly recommend letters of support from: academics, creative writers, nonfiction writers, editors, publishers, translators and official representatives of human rights organizations.

Third Party Nomination 

We welcome nominations from academics, creative writers, nonfiction writers, editors, publishers, translators and official representatives of human rights organizations. Nominators should submit the following: 

  • A cover letter explaining the candidate's needs, circumstances and professional history
  • A writing sample of 10-25 pages (preferably in English)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) letters of support.

Nominations should be sent to:
IWP Selection Committee
Literary Arts
Box 1923
Brown University
Providence, RI  02912  USA

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