The fellowship is currently closed for applications.
About the Fellowship
IASH and the Traverse Theatre will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute’s current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship. During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Literary Department. The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.
The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2019.
The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work. You can find out more about IASH via the About page.
- Jo Clifford (2010) and Linda McLean (2011) were both writing on aspects of the life, work and legacy of David Hume, as part of the 2011 celebrations to mark the tercentenary of the birth of David Hume. Jo’s play The Tree of Knowledge, written during the Fellowship, was performed at the Traverse Theatre in December 2011.
- The theme for 2012-13 was “Difficult Dialogues”. Pamela Carter was in residence in the autumn of 2012 and Iain Finlay Macleod in Spring 2013.
- Clare Duffy was in residence from September 2014 to May 2015, working on her play Arctic Oil.
- Peter Arnott was the 2017 Fellow, working on his play Variant.
- Frances Poet was the 2018 Fellow, working on her play Still.
- Lewis Hetherington is the 2019 Fellow, working on his play Deep Time.
IASH is a precious island of intelligent, creative, and free discourse. It's an intellectual community in the very best sense of the word: an amazing and astonishing space to write a play in. Jo Clifford
The work I've done here includes the final draft of Melody (produced by the Traverse Theatre); a rough first draft of a new play called The Gypsy Grave; an adaptation of an American novel I've titled Mancub and the first act of a play called If Destroyed True (Paines Plough commission) which is the most directly inspired piece from my time here. It's a lot of work, about double what I would normally achieve in the time frame. Douglas Maxwell
My time at IASH was extremely productive and memorable. A really special period when I rediscovered the process of writing a play at a desk, which just so happened to be exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. I really valued the cross-pollination process through the IASH structure of lunches and work-in-progress sharings and I felt that my place as a creative writer was of interest as well to the other fellows. Clare Duffy
The Traverse Theatre
The Traverse is Scotland's new writing theatre.
Formed in 1963 by a group of passionate theatre enthusiasts, the Traverse Theatre was originally founded to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh festivals throughout the year. Today, the Traverse is proud to deliver its year-round mission of championing creative talent by placing powerful and contemporary theatre at the heart of cultural life – producing and programming urgent and diverse work spanning theatre, dance, performance, music and spoken word.
Through the work it presents, the Traverse aims to both entertain and stir conversation – reflecting the times and provoking crucial debate amongst audiences, inspiring them to ask questions, seek answers and challenge the status quo.
The Traverse has launched the careers of some of the UK's most celebrated writers – David Greig, David Harrower and Zinnie Harris – and continues to discover and support new voices, including Stef Smith, Morna Pearson, Gary McNair and Rob Drummond.
With two custom-built and versatile theatre spaces, the Traverse's home in Edinburgh's city centre holds an iconic status as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe every August.
Outside the theatre walls, the Traverse runs an extensive engagement programme, offering audiences of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore, create and develop. Further afield, the Traverse frequently tours internationally and engages in exchanges and partnerships – most recently in India, New Zealand and Quebec.
‘The Traverse remains the best new writing theatre in Britain.’
For more information about the Traverse, please visit www.traverse.co.uk.
The application process is currently closed. Applications for 2020 will open later in the year.
We encourage ideas from writers that want to actively engage with both the Institute's interests and the Traverse Theatre's desire to entertain, excite, provoke and delight audiences alike - whether through a brilliant story, an innovative new form or use of technology, or with a striking new theatrical concept.
Please send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in their commissioned play. Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH and a sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this. Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional productions of their work. Interviews will be held in central Edinburgh.