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The Africa Institute invites writers for residency in the UAE, with grant of 45000 Dirham




The Africa Institute, as part of its African Languages and Translation Program, has opened applications for a residency program in the United Arab Emirates for creative writers.

ThePressNG learns that this program is the third cohort of Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship for the academic year, 2024.

The target audience of the residency program is creative writers including novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets and scriptwriters related to Africa and the African diaspora to take part in a residency program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates with a grant of 45,000 AED in total.

It is created in honor of the late Nigerian Professor Tejumola Olaniyan and his remarkable intellectual legacy in the field of African literature and critical theory.

According to the program organizers, the residency will involve recipients traveling to Sharjah, UAE for a period of three months to complete their work.

To join the program, applications must include:

To apply, all required application materials—CV/résumé, a two-page narrative, and a writing sample. For books, it must be assembled and attached separately into a single PDF document in the specified order.

Applicants are to name the file using the residency title abbreviation followed by the applicant’s name in the format: TOCWRP_LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.

It is also important to ensure that the email subject heading matches the file name and send the PDF as an email attachment.

The deadline for applications is Saturday, 1 June 2024.