Applying to the RLF Fellowship Scheme
Notice to Writers Considering Applying
Prospective applicants are advised to read the information on these pages about eligibility and the nature of the role. Recruitment will start again in November 2013, for posts beginning in autumn 2014 and 2015. If you wish to be considered, you should email the Fellowship Office with your name and full postal address:
An application pack will then be sent to you in November.
Note for Universities/Colleges
The Fellowship Office
Tel. 020 7353 7160
Please also note that an applicant must be a native English-speaker and a citizen of the UK, the European Union or a Commonwealth country. Citizens of other countries may apply if, at the time of application, they have been living in the UK for at least three years.
These are the RLF's eligibility criteria for application to the scheme.
The selection process is a competitive one. Once you apply, your literary
merit and suitability for the scheme will be measured against those
of the other candidates in that round.
Terms and Conditions
Duration of the Fellowship
Timetable during Term
The stipend is paid gross. The Fellow is responsible for tax and National Insurance. The stipend can be paid in two or more instalments by cheque or monthly into a bank account, as preferred.
Our Partner Organisations
Our standard Partnership Agreement will cover, inter alia, the RLF's hire of an office and equipment (for the Fellow's use, both when working with students as well as during the rest of the week, if desired/available). The Fellow will also be covered for the costs of using phone, email, internet, photocopier, etc., up to agreed limits.
The Fellow will have one or more opportunities to meet with the nominated staff member prior to taking up the post and to reach agreement with the institution on how the year should run. The RLF encourages Fellows and staff to adapt the overall shape of the scheme to fit both the interests and expertise of the writer and the particular needs of the student body.
The Fund's Fellowship Office will be available at all times to give advice and support to Fellows.
You can see the full terms and conditions in the Fellow's contract with the RLF.
You can also read a sample of the RLF's contract with partner institutions.
Applicants are strongly advised to look through the contents of the Research section of this site; click on the sidebar 'Research'. In particular, applicants should be familiar with the main findings of the RLF's Writing Matters report; you can find a Briefing and Summary, as well as the full text on the Research page.
Other useful background reading:
Royal Literary Fund Fellowships: the Human Exchange, a report by Stevie Davies;
Case Studies from a range of RLF posts;
Sample Reports from RLF Fellows and partners;
Paying Attention, Katharine McMahon writes about her experiences as a Fellow.
Last Updated November2012