How to Apply for the RLS Fellowship

Applications for the 2019 fellowship are currently closed. 

Supported by Creative Scotland, we’re delighted to offer professional writers living in Scotland the opportunity to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2019. There are four fellowships available, allowing writers to enjoy a month-long residency at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France during the months of June, July, August or November.

Check the eligibity criteria for 2019 or find out more about the 2018 Fellows.


What do the Fellows receive?

Each writer will receive a month’s accommodation in a self-catering studio apartment and a stipend of £1,200. Travel costs to and from France will also be paid for.

The Fellowship gives writers the time to concentrate on and develop their work and spend time with other artists while living and working in a peaceful and inspiring environment.


The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2019 entry criteria

Application criteria:

  • Live in Scotland
  • Be a practicing writer and meet the eligibility criteria for the Live Literature database.
  • Be able to attend on the dates and times specified
  • If you are self-published, please get in touch with to apply. Please leave enough time to do this.
  • Students are not eligible for this opportunity. 
  • You cannot be in receipt of Creative Scotland funding for the project you plan to work on during the retreat

You do not need to be registered on the Live Literature database to apply, so long as you meet the criteria.

Writers with a substantial track record as a writer outside of Scotland, now living and working in Scotland, can apply at the discretion of Scottish Book Trust. If you have caring/childcare duties and cost is a barrier to attending the Fellowship, please get in touch with


How to apply

Applications are currently closed.


Here’s what a previous Fellow had to say about their experience:

‘I was, and remain, very grateful for the opportunity I had to live and work in a place so closely associated with Robert Louis Stevenson, one of my literary heroes.  The RLS Fellowships are wonderful gifts to writers. They provide what the committed writer needs more than anything else – in fact, along with food and shelter, the only things a writer really needs: the time and the space to write.’ James Robertson


About Grez-sur-Loing

Grez-sur-Loing is situated at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, France, and was chosen because of its connections with Robert Louis Stevenson, who first visited in 1875. It was there, at the Hôtel Chevillon, that he met his future wife, Fanny Osbourne. Stevenson found both the place and its well-established community of writers and artists highly attractive, and he returned to Grez-sur-Loing for three successive summers.

Hôtel Chevillon is run by The Stiftelsen Foundation in Sweden.


Image © Stuart A. Paterson