Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Offer: Scholarships for African Writers

ila's picture

United Statesila


Please note: I am not the contact person for these scholarships, I merely did a search and found these interesting links. Good luck to you all!


Call for applications and nominations
Closing date for applications: 31 December 2009

The Nordic Africa Institute invites applications and nominations for a three-month grant as African Guest Writer at the institute in the latter half of 2010 (September through November). The application should reach the institute by 31 December 2009. Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 30 November 2009. The selection committee will announce its decision by 20 March 2010. This message outlines the aims of the grant and the details of the application procedure.

Previous Guest Writers
The Nordic Africa Institute has previously hosted four Guest Writers, Ama Ata Aidoo from Ghana, Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Tolu Ogunlesi from Nigeria and Shailja Patel from Kenya. These Guest Writers have added in a very positive way both to the dialogue and interchange at the institute itself, and have given a new dimension to its interface with various groups and audiences in the Nordic countries.

The motivation for the Guest Writer’s Grant is the conviction that knowledge of Africa is gained not only from the factual approach of the social sciences, and that literature can contribute significantly with its different take on language and meaning. The purpose of the grant is threefold:

Firstly, to provide an opportunity for writers to concentrate on their work during their stay.

Secondly, to facilitate readings to audiences in Sweden, and one or two other Nordic countries by visits to those countries. The itinerary is negotiable, but should include at least one other Nordic country – Norway, Denmark, Iceland or Finland. The guest writer of 2010 will also be required to participate in the Gothenburg book fair in September, which has Africa as its focus.

Thirdly, to allow the Guest Writer to interact with researchers, guest researchers and other staff and visitors at the Nordic Africa Institute, hence contributing its intellectual and cultural atmosphere.

The Guest Writer’s Grant includes a return air fare (Economy Class), accommodation, a daily subsistence allowance of 300 SEK (Swedish kronor – approximately 40 USD) plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approximately 350 USD), a shared office and free photocopying facilities up to a maximum of 1,000 copies. Guest Writers have access to a computer (with Microsoft Office 2007) at the office and are required to do their own typing. The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days.

Applicants must have some documented record of writing, with at least some published work. The applicant must be able to express herself/himself in English, although this does not have to be the language she/he writes in. We encourage young writers to apply.

The application must include
the applicant’s name and full contact details (residential address, telephone and e-mail), a curriculum vitae or a summary thereof, including a list of previous writing and performances, a freely worded explanation of why the grant appeals to the applicant, and two references – including their contact details. The application must also include up to (but not more than) three works by the applicant in English, French or Portuguese, preferably in published format. The works may be originally written in other languages, but they must have been translated into one of the three languages mentioned.
There are no application forms for this grant.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Nominations must reach the Nordic Africa Institute by 30 November 2009.
Applications must reach the Nordic Africa Institute by 31 December 2009.

Applications and nominations should be sent to:
The Nordic Africa Institute
Att: Inga-Britt Isaksson Faris
Box 1703
SE - 751 47 Uppsala, Sweden

When the application has been sent by mail, a note of this should be made by e-mail to, with copies to and Nominations may also be sent directly to these three e-mail addresses.

For further information, please contact:
Stefan Helgesson, Co-ordinator of the Nordic Africa Institute’s Guest Writer’s Grant

entire website

A Guide to Africa

guest writer 2009
Shailja Patel

Kenyan poet, playwright and theatre artist Shailja Patel was the Nordic Africa Institute's guest writer for 2009.
More on Shailja Patel.
(Photo: Mai Palmberg)
Guest Writer 2008
photo of Tolu Ogunlesi

The young Nigerian writer Tolu Ogunlesi was guest writer 2008 at NAI. He spent September–November at the Institute in Uppsala.

* Presentation of Tolu Ogunlesi.
* Read Tolu Ogunlesis' story 'Three months up North..'..

(Photo: Susanne Linderos)

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative