Call for Application: 2024 Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship

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The Africa Institute invites applications for the 2024 Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship as part of the institute African Languages and Translation Program to Sharjah, UAE for a period of three months to complete their work. This residency program is created in honour of the late Nigerian Professor Tejumola Olaniyan and his intellectual legacy in the field of African literature and critical theory.

The program welcomes applications from creative writers including novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets and scriptwriters related to Africa and the African diaspora for the grant of 45,000 AED in prize money. The proposed project can be in Arabic or English (other languages will be considered). Recipients will have the opportunity to publish their texts through The Africa Institute’s publications program.

The Africa Institute located in Sharjah, UAE, is an interdisciplinary academic research institute dedicated to the study, research, and documentation of Africa and the African diaspora.

Submission Guidelines:

Applications must include:

  • CV/résumé of the applicant
  • A two-page narrative of the project to be undertaken during the residency period, its significance, and a proposed date of completion.
  • A sample of published or unpublished writings.

All applications will be reviewed by The Africa Institute through a committee of peers of well-known writers. Three recipients will be chosen based on the quality of their proposal, and the demonstrated feasibility of completion within the timeframe of the residency.

Deadline of Application: Saturday, 1 June 2024.

To submit applications, compile all application materials; CV/résumé, two-page narrative and writing sample (in case of a book, attach separately) into one single PDF in the mentioned order. Name the file with the residency title abbreviation and the applicant’s name in this format:

Best of luck to all applicants!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

I write to educate, motivate and define history with literature. Just being me!