The Arts Council has a longstanding partnership with a number of Irish universities offering Writer in Residence/Fellowship positions. These partnerships are designed to:
enable creative writers to develop their work while in a position of relative financial stability, and
provide university students with an opportunity to meet and develop creative reading and writing skills with a practicing writer.
The writer is required to provide a limited number of teaching and office contact hours a week and is granted time and space to concentrate on his or her own writing. The Arts Council contributes €20,000 towards the writer's fee and the university
contributes up to €10,000. The university handles all management and administration of the residency programme and the Arts Council plays a role in the selection of the resident writer.
The Arts Council currently supports seven writer residencies, in the following universities: