Deadline: 28 February 2022

The Africa Institute has opened applications for the Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship. This residency programme is created in honour of the late Nigerian Professor Tejumola Olaniyan and his remarkable intellectual legacy in the field of African literature and critical theory.


  • The residency fellowship offers a grant of 45,000 AED
  • 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.


The residency programme is open to creative writers, including novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets and scriptwriters related to Africa and the African diaspora The proposed project can be in Arabic or English (other languages will be considered)


  • 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  • A sample of published or unpublished writings.

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


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