SSP@50 Fellowship Awards
Applications are now closed
About the Awards
Ten Fellowships Awards will be offered to innovative, inspiring, boundary-stretching projects that honour, celebrate and promote playwriting in Scotland. The Awards are open to established and emerging playwrights and theatre makers working in Scottish theatre.
Working in partnership with venues across Scotland, each Fellow receives:
We are looking for innovative, exciting ideas exploring what theatre means to you and your community. Proposals should be theatre-focused but not constrained by conventional practice, can be anything to do with playwriting and theatre, and can employ any of the Scottish languages and/or dialects.
Selected projects will:
Possible projects ideas could include:
Each project will be expected to have a clear outcome. This could be a performance, presentation, report, or other appropriate output.
You MUST gauge the interest of your preferred partner in your proposal prior to submission. A number of organisations across Scotland have already committed to supporting a Fellowship (list below). However, if there is another organisation more appropriate for your project, please feel free to approach them.
To be eligible, you will meet the following criteria:
How to Apply
Applications closed at 5pm on 19 December 2023.
A selection panel made up of members from the Scottish Society of Playwrights’ Council and external representatives will assess each project and produce a shortlist in early January. Writers may be invited for interview before a final decision is made.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 January 2024.
If you have any questions about the application process, please see the FAQs SSP@50 Fellowship Awards.
This is not an exclusive list. You should select an organisation that is most appropriate for your project. For example, if you wanted to create a central archive of plays from Scotland, you may wish to approach the National Library of Scotland or the Mitchell Library.
SSP is also delighted to be supported during the anniversary year by the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Playwrights' Studio Scotland.
FAQs SSP@50 Fellowship Awards
The Scottish Society of Playwrights (SSP) is fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all. We believe that equity is vital to a thriving culture and, within this project, aim to create equitable access for playwrights, artists and audiences to all activities.
Selected projects will reflect Scotland today, and represent the diverse communities, cultures and languages, geography, and socio-economic backgrounds of the nation.
Because they are currently underrepresented within the sector, we actively encourage applications from and representation within the SSP@50 Fellowship Awards from playwrights:
The SSP recognises the importance of diversity of thought in all spaces and is fully committed to embracing and maximising the talents of autistic people and those with dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation. We will seek to make appropriate adjustments to support processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles.
We greatly value a diverse playwriting community that is inclusive to all and supports everyone to achieve their full potential and we are continually reviewing how we work to ensure this is at the heart of all our practices.
*We use the term 'disabled' to refer to anyone who self-identifies as disabled. This can include D/deaf people if they identify as disabled as well as others living with impairments (physical, sensory, learning, cognitive, neurodivergent, mental health, etc.) if they identify as disabled. The SSP uses the Social Model of Disability and recognises that some people experience disabling barriers.
Also see our Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
The SSP is committed to minimising the negative environmental impact of the SSP@50 Project.
When selecting the SSP@50 projects, the panellists will consider the overall potential environmental impact of each idea and will expect projects to take into account the potential impact of their proposal on climate change.
For more information on our approach to environmental sustainability, see our Environmental Policy.