Frequently asked questions
Do I need to contact a partner organisation before applying?
Yes. You must contact your preferred partner organisation prior to submitting your application to discuss your project idea in detail.
I am a writer but I do not have a partner organisation. Can I still apply?
No. To be considered for the SSP@50 Fellowship Awards, applicants must secure a producing partner’s agreement to host the Fellowship if the application is successful.
Why can’t I apply alone?
A main aim of the SSP@50 Fellowship Awards is to build long term relationships between writers and the wider theatre community around Scotland by providing opportunities for writers to create work with a view to sowing the seeds of future collaboration. Therefore it is vital to the success of the programme that partner organisations are included from the start.
If I do not have a producing partner, how can I find one?
A list of organisations who have expressed interest in hosting a Fellowship is available on the SSP@50 Fellowship Awards information page. This, however, is not an exhaustive list. Writers are free to contact other organisations who will be able to provide the support their project requires.
I want to work with more than one organisation, is that permitted?
Yes. The important thing is that the organisations you work with are able to provide the support you require to ensure the success of your individual project.
I work with a writing partner. Are we able to apply as a team?
Yes. SSP@50 Fellowship Awards are open to proposals from playwriting partners. Please bear in mind that if you are selected as a co-writing team, you will share the funding package, including the bursary, between you.
I am from Scotland but no longer based in Scotland, can I still apply?
In order to be eligible to apply, the main activity of the project must take place in Scotland. Therefore, you can have residency outside of Scotland, but the project and output will need to happen in Scotland.
I am having trouble with the application form. How can I get help?
If you have problems with the online application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I submit my application in a different format?
Yes. You may provide your application as video / voice files or filmed BSL, if preferable. Email a link to your application to email@example.com.
What should my application include?
When will applicants be notified of the outcome?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than 30 January 2024.
Will applicants receive feedback on their submission?
Applicants may request brief feedback after Awards are finalised by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will applications be assessed?
Applications will first be assessed for eligibility. All eligible applications will then be sent to the Selection Panel, who will make their assessment based on the creative idea and criteria on the website:
Applicants will also be expected to confirm that they can deliver the project, including its outcome(s) (eg reading, workshop series, research report, etc) by the end of October 2024.
Shortlisting will take place in early January, and shortlisted applicants will invited to an online meeting (via Zoom). At the interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate in further detail how their project fits the criteria, including detail of projected outcome(s).
Final decision on the Awards will be made by end January 2024.
Who is on the Selection Panel?
The panel will be made up of members of the Scottish Society of Playwrights Council and external creative organisations. At present, the panel is:
Other members to be announced.
playwrights' studio, scotland support
What is Playwrights' Studio, Scotland's role in the SSP@50 Fellowship Awards?
Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is pleased to support the SSP@50 Fellowship Awards by supporting Fellows, where desired, through the year with in-kind support for individual projects.