Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) Writing Fellowships for emerging African creative writers (Funded)

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites applications for its Eight Writing Semester, which will run from 1 February to 31 May 2023.  Fellowships are open to any field of expertise, including novelists writing in indigenous languages. Previous fellows have included academics, novelists, scientists, poets, playwrights, independent researchers and journalists.

From the beginning of February to the end of May every year, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study hosts a group of exceptional creative writers and scholars from different disciplines as Writing Fellows. Each Writing Fellow focuses on her/his individual project while benefiting from interacting with other Writing Fellows and from the community of scholars and writers from the universities in Johannesburg and Gauteng in general.


  • The JIAS Writers’ Workshop is open to African writers who work in Fiction (long and short form), Creative Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Poetry.
  • Workshop participants will be mentored by accomplished, critically-acclaimed and award-winning writers.
  • This is a great opportunity for novice writers to learn from established writers who are masters of their craft.
  • Participants in the workshop will also be able to take advantage of and benefit from the vitality and diversity that a dynamic city like Johannesburg has to offer.


There is no application fee and participation in the workshop is free.

Each Writers’ Workshop Participant will receive:

  • Accommodation at JIAS’ private residence
  • Daily meals
  • An intensive and immersive creative experience
  • Mentorship from an established and accomplished writer

Application Procedure:

  • Referees should submit three letters of reference directly to [email protected] before 1 August 2022.
  • Please note that reference letters should not be submitted by applicants themselves and incomplete applications will not be considered.

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the JIAS Writing Fellowships 2023. Application Deadline: 1 August 2022.

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