2017 Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers

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Miles Morland Foundation – Miles Morland set up the foundation which bears his name in 2013, after a career investing in Africa via two companies he created, Blakeney Management and DPI (Development Partners International). Based in London, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) is a UK registered charity which makes grants in areas reflecting its founder’s interests.

The Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.

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Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Miles Morland Foundation Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers, 2017.

 

Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers

Description

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  • Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to offer Morland Writing Scholarships offered to African writers.
  • This scholarship is open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.
  • To help meet this need the MMF awards annually a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book.

Course Level:

  • Scholarship is open to African Writers.

Study Subject:

  • The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Scholarship Grant

  • Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months.
  • At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period of up to eighteen months to allow them an additional six months for research.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known. Scholarship can be taken in Africa

Qualifications
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

  • To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words written in English that has been published and offered for sale. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF.
  • The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit.
  • It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

Nationality

  • African writers – ( Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

Proposed Work

  • The candidates should submit a description of between 400 – 1,000 words of the work they intend to write. The proposal must be for a full length book of no fewer than 80,000 words.
  • The MMF does not accept proposals for collaborative writing or short story collections.
  • The proposal should be for a completely new work, not a work in progress, and must be in English.

Scholarship Requirements

  • The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write.
  • They will be asked to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book or their Scholarship term has ended.
  • If the first draft of the book is completed before the year is up, payments will continue while the Scholar edits and refines their work.

Deadline
31st October, 2017.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their inquiries and submissions (which should include the following below) to: scholarships@milesmorlandfoundation.com

  • A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale.
  • A description of between 400 – 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write.
  • A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.
  • A brief bio of between 200 – 300 words.
  • Please tell us how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

Click Here for more information on the Scholarship.

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