Fellowships

Royal Literary Fund Fellowships offer professional writers the opportunity to work for two days a week in a university helping students to develop their writing skills.

Duration of the Fellowship
Fellowships run for 36 weeks during the academic year (generally from around mid-September to mid-May).

Timetable during Term
The Fellow commits to be available for contact with students on two regular days a week (which days of the week will be agreed by the Fellow with staff before the year begins). An additional half-day each week may be required of the Fellow as time spent in preparation/ liaison with staff and RLF/ review, etc. (though this time is spent off campus).

Payment
The Fellow receives a fee under contract from the RLF. For entry in autumn 2021 this will be £15,000 (36 weeks).

The stipend is paid gross. The Fellow is responsible for tax and National Insurance. The fee will be paid in three instalments.

Location
The RLF runs the scheme in partnership with higher education institutions (HEIs) throughout the UK:

Guiding Principles

  1. the aim of the RLF Fellowship is to foster good writing practice among students through one-to-one coaching;
  2. while working in a collaborative arrangement alongside staff at the HEI, the Fellow remains self-employed, working outside departmental lines of reporting;
  3. the work of the Fellow is designed to provide ‘added value’ to whatever systems of student support exist at the HEI; the promotion and operation of the Fellowship must reflect its independence from these other systems;
  4. the details of the Fellow’s work with each student are confidential and will not be shared with staff at the HEI without the express permission of the student; however, at the year end, a statistical overview of the students seen by the Fellow, along with anonymous case studies, will be provided to the host department;
  5. the Fellow will determine their own working practices (eg structure of timetable, method of taking appointments etc) although they shall always have due regard to the RLF’s best practice guidelines and to the terms of the RLF letter of appointment;
  6. while on site, the Fellow should show due regard for the HEI’s equal opportunities/ diversity policies, its code of practice, regulations and its health and safety policies;
  7. the Fellow will normally be expected to work with students on a one-to-one basis but may work with groups or deliver occasional seminars/ workshops/ lectures if they so wish and with the consent of staff;
  8. the main focus of the Fellow’s work will be on the development of student writing skills/ academic literacy (rather than on creative self-expression as with the conventional writer’s residency);
  9. the Fellowship service may be promoted to students at all levels of ability (above ‘remedial’) and across the disciplines;
  10. the Fellow is not required to undertake tasks beyond the remit of the Fellowship, for example, dyslexia support, and basic skills or EFL/ESL tuition – nor, at any time, to perform duties normally carried out by staff, such as, course design or delivery, marking, invigilating;
  11. the Fellow is free to negotiate paid work from the HEI (or any other party) outside the days allocated to Fellowship work;
  12. the Fellow retains all intellectual property rights in materials that they write for use by students/staff at the HEI, except that the RLF shall have free and unrestricted (non-commercial) use of these materials (for its own purposes) in perpetuity.

Further information:
About the RLF Fellowship scheme

Applying to the scheme

Timeline

Recruitment is now closed and will reopen at the end of November 2020 (for a small number of posts starting in autumn 2021, and also for a wider range starting in autumn 2022).
If you wish to be placed on the mailing list for an application pack, available from late November, please email the Fellowship Office with your name and full postal address:

fellowships@rlf.org.uk

Prospective applicants are advised to study carefully the information on this site about eligibility and the nature of the role before deciding whether to apply.

Eligibility

The Fellowship has been designed for professional, published writers of literary merit with at least two (sole-authored) books – of any genre – already published (or mainstream theatre works performed or scripts broadcast).

You should be a native speaker of English and resident in the UK or Ireland at the time of application.

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.