IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship

Edinburgh University's Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and the Traverse Theatre are delighted to announce their continued partnership in a Creative Fellowship for a playwright to be based within the University and affiliated to the theatre.

IASH and the Traverse will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute's current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute's events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship.  During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse's Literary Department. The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.

The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2019.

The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work. 

IASH is a precious island of intelligent, creative and free discourse.  It's an intellectual community in the very best sense of the world. Jo Clifford, previous IASH/Traverse Fellow

All previous recipients have found the opportunity of a Creative Fellowship immensely valuable in enabling them to develop their art and push the boundaries to new levels of creative achievement. It has given them a quiet environment in which to work and freedom from other constraints, whilst allowing them to benefit from the exchange of ideas with the other Fellows in residence.

The Institute too has benefited greatly from their presence. They have all contributed enthusiastically to the life of the Institute, interacting with other Fellows and bringing a different dimension to the work of their colleagues. They have each given a seminar as part of the Institute's Work-in-Progress programme and have provoked lively discussion; some have also contributed to creative workshops and other educational programmes such as the Masters Programme in Creative Writing.

My time at IASH was extremely productive and memorable. A really special period. I really valued the cross-pollination process through the IASH structure. Clare Duffy, previous IASH/Traverse Fellow 


The application process is now open. Applications are required to be submitted by the deadline of 5pm on Thu 31 Jan 2019.

We encourage ideas from writers that want to actively engage with both the Institute's interests and the Traverse Theatre's desire to entertain, excite, provoke and delight audiences alike - whether through a brilliant story, an innovative new form or use of technology, or with a striking new theatrical concept.

Please send a cover letter and CV to iash@ed.ac.uk. Interested applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in their commissioned play.  Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH and a sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this. Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional productions of their work. Interviews will be held in the second week of February 2019 in central Edinburgh.

Please email writing@traverse.co.uk or iash@ed.ac.uk if you have any further questions.


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