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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 2019.

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 organisations which are based in Scotland.

Specifically we’ll be looking for applicants to show:

  • An established commitment to the arts in Scotland
  • An understanding of the development needs of writers and a willingness to support a writer throughout their fellowship
  • A knowledge of the wider literature sector in Scotland
  • A clear rationale as to why hosting the fellowship in 2019 would be beneficial to the organisation’s own work

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.

We will not accept applications from organisations based outside Scotland.

Previous hosts of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship are also not eligible to apply in 2019.

Budget available

In 2019 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 the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2019 has now passed.

In December 2018 we announced that Summerhall in Edinburgh will be the 2019 Host.

In February 2019 it was announced that Jenni Fagan has been selected as the 2019 Fellow.

Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2019 - Host Guidance

Download the guidance for organisations interested in hosting the 2019 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship, in PDF format.