Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarships for African Citizens

Deadline: 31 October 2014
Open to: published writers who were either born in Africa or whose parents were both born in Africa
Scholarship: annual stipend of £18,000 (approx. 22,500 €)


The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) supports culture and education in Africa, with a particularly focus in writing.  The MMF likes to help Africans who want to be heard through the written word.

In recognition of the financial challenges many emerging African writers encounter, MMF is once again offering Morland Writing Scholarships for three writers. The scholarship is intended to enable writers to write a new work, fiction or non-fiction writing (except poetry, plays or screenplays). 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.


The Scholarships are open to writers who were either born in Africa or whose parents were both born in Africa. Applicants must also have had work previously published in a printed book, journal or magazine that has been offered for sale.


The Scholars will receive an annual stipend of £18,000 (approx. 22,500 €), that will be paid monthly. In return for this it is expected that the Scholars will pay to the Miles Morland Foundation 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of their scholarship.


Interested applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A submission of between 2,000 and 5,000 words as a Word document from work that has been published and meets the conditions set out above;
  • A description of fewer than 500 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 fewer than 300 words;
  • A document explaining how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

All documents should be sent by email to:

The deadline to apply is 31 October 2014. The Scholarships will be announced in December 2014 and will run for the whole of calendar 2015.

For further information please visit the official website.

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