IASH/Traverse Playwriting Fellowship


Applications are now open to playwrights and theatre makers for next year’s IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowships. In 2021 we will be providing two creative fellowships, commissioning and supporting two writers to produce work that speaks to the Traverse Theatre and IASH’s interests in urgent stories that speak to our lives now and into the future.

IASH/Traverse Playwriting Fellowship

A part-time 6-month writing Fellowship to take place from August 2021 onwards.

  • This Fellowship is open to writers with an idea or story for an ambitious and entertaining new play that speaks to the urgent issues impacting on our lives now and into the future.
  • This Fellowship will be spread across a 6- to 7-month period, giving the writer the time, space and support needed to research and write the play whilst working around other commitments.
  • Each Fellowship will be tailored to the writers needs and availability but it is expected that the writer can work at the University on a regular basis – such as two days a week, or one week per month for example.
  • The recipient will enjoy a private office at the University, as well as access to the university library and the Institute’s many other resources, including joining the community of other Fellows working at IASH during this time.
  • The recipient will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse Literary Department, with the expectation being that up to two drafts be completed during their residency, with another draft due at some point after the residency finishes (exact timelines to be tailored to needs of the project and Traverse Theatre).
  • The Fellow will be expected to contribute to IASH and Traverse Theatre events as mutually beneficial, giving at least one work-in-progress seminar and/or reading of the work to an invited audience.
  • The stipend for this fellowship will be £10,000.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 30 November 2020

Interviews will be held via Zoom in the week commending 18 January 2021.

We welcome applications from all writers and theatre makers interested in these fellowships. We are particularly interested in applications from groups who have been traditionally unrepresented and as such are committed to appointing at least one person of colour to these Fellowships to ensure Fellows working at IASH and the voices on our stages are as representative as possible.

For further information on please download the IASH/Traverse Playwriting Fellowship application pack from the jobs page of our website.

IASH/Traverse Playwriting Fellowship Application Pack