Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship 2024 (up to 45,000 AED)

This informs the public about the Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship 2024. Details about the Program are given below. The Africa Institute, as part of its African Languages and Translation Program, opens applications for its third cohort of Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship for the academic year 2024.

Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship 2024

This residency program 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.

Program Details

The residency program welcomes applications from creative writers, including novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets, and scriptwriters related to Africa and the African diaspora, for a total grant of 45,000 AED. The proposed project can be in Arabic or English (other languages will be considered).

The residency invites recipients to Sharjah, UAE, for a period of three months to complete their work. Typically, the cohort begins in the fall of every year. Recipients will have the opportunity to publish their texts through The Africa Institute’s publications program.

Projects relating to theatre and film scripts can also be published as texts or receive support in facilitating productions. The project could be new or a work-in-progress and should be feasible for completion within the timeframe of the residency.


  • 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  • A sample of published or unpublished writings.

How to Apply

To submit applications, compile all application materials; CV/résumé, two-page narrative and writing sample (in case of a book, please attach separately) into one single PDF in the mentioned order.
Please name the file with the residency title abbreviation and the applicant’s name in this format: TOCWRP_LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME. Use the same name in the email subject heading and send the PDF as an email attachment to applications@theafricainstitute.org.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 June 2024.

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