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The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship

The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship is an annual award offering professional writers a month-long writing retreat at Hôtel Chevillon.

Due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship will not go ahead in 2021. We will update the programme status when we can. 

Fellows receive:

Robert Louis Stevenson frequently visited the Hôtel Chevillon during the 1870s (he even met his future wife, Fanny Osbourne, there) and the hotel continues to offer a fantastic working environment for artists and writers, via The Stiftelsen Foundation(this will open in a new window).

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

There are four fellowships available per year, taking place during June, July, August or November. Find out about this year's fellows and see all previous fellows.

Have any questions or concerns? Email applications@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

About Hôtel Chevillon

Hôtel Chevillon is run by The Stiftelsen Foundation. Fidn out more about the hotel, its accomodation and the other artists and programmes that make use of the space on the foundation's Hôtel Chevillon page(this will open in a new window).

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.

‘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