6 to 8 weeks
Paid by host:

The existing funds cover the author's travel expenses, which are included in the residence grant of 1250 Euro per 6 weeks.

Paid by artist:

Travel expenses. Service costs of 250 Euro. Active assistance will be provided to the authors to help find subsidies in their respective countries of origin in order to finance the journey to Amsterdam. For a number of authors it will be possible to apply to existing exchange programmes that cover both travel and accommodation expenses

Application guidelines:

Preference to those authors whose works have been translated into Dutch. Authors who work in a wide range of literary genres will be given priority. Novelists, poets, essayists (of relevance to the current political debate in the Netherlands and beyond) or critics who can be linked to newspapers or magazines, are, in principle, eligible for the programme. The programme committee's choices will also be influenced by the ways in which the writer-in-residence might play his part in Amsterdam or the Netherlands. Even though the programme is mainly intended for European authors, this does not necessarily exclude authors from outside Europe. For further information or for application forms, please contact Orli Austen at the programme's office.

For more information:

⚠️ Due to COVID-19 epidemic and the advice not to travel internationally, the Amsterdam Translators House is currently closed; it is therefore at this moment not possible to apply for a residency.

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Amsterdam Writer-in-Residence Programme

Amsterdam Writer-in-Residence Programme

Office at the Dutch Foundation for Literature/ Nederlands Letterenfonds

The Writer in residence programme in Amsterdam was set up in 2006 by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Living space was made available in the heart of the old city, above Athenaeum bookshop. This ensures the foreign writer in residence will find lodgings not only in the historic and literary heart of Amsterdam, but also at its academic centre, with access to the University of Amsterdam library, the Academic Club and the Dutch capital's literary activities.


All candidates may be asked to give guest lectures or readings and to write pieces for newspapers or magazines. They also will be required to write a report at the end of their stay

Studio Information

The writers' residence is located in the heart of Amsterdam. The square on which the apartment looks out is called "het Spui". The "Spui" is the name of the body of water that formed the city's southern border until the late 14th century.

Accommodation Information

The apartment has 90 square meters of floor space, two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and several working areas.


The writers’ residence is located in the heart of Amsterdam. The square on which the apartment looks out is called ‘het Spui’. The apartment is decorated with Dutch Design. Many young Dutch designers and interior decorators have supported the residence project with furniture, lamps and decorative elements. The apartment is also decorated with paintings by the late, multi-talented Dutch author Henk van Woerden. Athenaeum Booksellers will see to a well-stocked library of Dutch literature in translation, as well as foreign studies dealing with Dutch and European history and contemporary issues.

Contact information

Nieuwe Prinsengracht 89
PO Box 16588
1001RB Amsterdam

m.pereboom [at]