Applications are now open to the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship for 2020. Scholarships of £18,000 (approx US $21,500) will be awarded to writers who were born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa. This scholarship is sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation. The foundation’s focus is culture and education with a particular interest in writing. Other projects supported by the foundation include literary festivals in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland, and the Caine Prize for African Writing. Successful fiction applicants will each receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of the 2020 calendar year. At the discretion of the Foundation, scholars writing non-fiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months. All scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher.
Another, somewhat unusual, scholarship guideline is that the selected fellows are expected to donate back to the Miles Morland Foundation 20 per cent of the subsequent earnings from what they write during their scholarship year. This is not a legally binding condition but instead viewed as a ‘debt of honour’.
The Morland Scholarship for Writers is open to anyone who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. There are no age restrictions. The selected fellows can elect to start at any time between January and June 2020.
To apply for the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship writers must provide via email:
1. A sample piece of prose between 2000 and 5000 words that has been published or offered for sale.
2. A description of between 400 and 1000 words of the project they would complete if successful in their application. This must be a new work, not a work in progress.
Applications close on Monday 30 September 2019.