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Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship Host

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship was established to honour a Creative Scotland colleague who committed his entire professional life to helping writers and literature organisations in Scotland. Following the sad loss of Dr Wallace in February 2013, Creative Scotland established an annual fellowship in his name to honour his memory and commemorate and continue his good work. The fund is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

About the Programme

The purpose of this fund is to support an organisation based in Scotland to host the year-long Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship during 2020.

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship has been designed to support mid-career and established writers. The award is intended to provide one writer with time to develop their work over the course of a year, and the opportunity to work creatively with an organisation based in Scotland. The fellowship is aimed at allowing a writer time to create work rather than deliver creative workshops or other project based activities. Organisations applying to host the fellowship will suggest a broad theme or idea for the fellowship, this theme should be related in some way to their own work and priorities.

Who can apply

We will accept applications from arts, screen and creative organisations which are based in Scotland. We are also happy to accept applications from organisations working in other parts of the public sector, provided they can meet the criteria (particularly around supporting the developmental needs of the writer).

For 2020, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from organisations which:
- Can demonstrate a commitment to diversifying the arts in Scotland and/or  
- Work specifically with children and young people and would be interested in hosting a children’s writer.

Organisations already in receipt of Regular Funding from Creative Scotland can apply, but should discuss any intention to apply with their Lead Officer in the first instance. Applications will be required to demonstrate why the proposed activity is additional to their existing Funding Agreement and how the activity enhances current and future plans.

Previous hosts of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship are not eligible to apply.

Budget available

One award of £25,000 is available. The award is to be divided into a £20,000 stipend for the successful writer, and £5000 to the host organisation.


The deadline for applications from organisations wishing to host the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship in 2020 has now passed.


Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship Host Guidance - 2020

View and download the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship Host Guidance - 2020 in PDF format.