Self-led Projects

Applications for Self-led Projects are currently closed. We hope to open applications again later in 2022.

Every year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland supports projects generated and led by playwrights themselves. This set of supports is self designed and delivered, so is most suitable for playwrights who have had experience of professional practise i.e. mid-career or experienced playwrights. We normally consider this to be artists who have had at least two professional productions paid at industry rates (though there are some exceptions - please check here if you would not otherwise be eligible). Other opportunities are available for playwrights who have less experience and would benefit from more structured support.

The projects we provide resource to generally either:

  • contribute to an artist's professional development 
  • contribute to the development of a piece of live performance
  • create a new opportunity for collaboration (across artform, international boundaries or geographical distances)
  • further an artist's practice in a way that would be hard for them to otherwise resource

See examples of projects we have supported.


What you can apply for

You can apply for the following type of activity up to £4,000; if you'd like in kind support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, this can be added on top of this sum. 

The total budget for 2021/22 is £16K.

Financial and Organisational Support

We can offer the following type of support:

  • Fees (to cover your time and that of any collaborators, or a course)
  • Finances to cover physical costs like space hire, per diems, or equipment
  • In-kind support (space, logistics, administrative)
  • Advice

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland does not commission or produce work; as a result, we cannot offer funds to substitute commissioning or production fees, nor for artists to self-commission or top up commission payments from a theatre.

Therefore we are not able to support in part, or sum, the following:

  • Commission fees for a new play (though you can apply to pay yourself for writing or thinking time as part, or whole, of an application)
  • The costs of producing a play
  • Plays that have already been produced or received significant script development elsewhere

Case Study Sessions

These sessions are optional group activities available to you as a playwright currently being supported by Playwrights' Studio. These often take the form of workshops, Q&A's and panel discussions.


Playwrights' Studio will create space for you to make connections with peers within the industry. This includes the Playwright Induction Day, a group visit to the theatre, invitations to meet other practitioners in Scottish theatre and social events with other playwrights. 

Key dates

You will be able to set specific dates for your project. Below is a rough timeline of group activity.

14 January Playwright Induction Day
18 February Case Study Session 1
18 March Case Study Session 2
22 April Case Study Session 3
August/September Case Study Session 4


To be eligible for a Self-led Project, you should be:

  • A mid-career or established playwright who has had at least two professional productions paid at industry rates

  • A playwright who meets the criteria detailed criteria detailed here 
  • Be resident in Scotland or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • Applying with activity that takes place in Scotland

We are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:

  • Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week). If you are in part-time education, please contact us to discuss your options
  • Have directly received support from Playwrights' Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn't include attending workshops or groups run by us)

If you are in any doubt regarding your eligibility, please contact us at

Access and Equality

See our full statement on access and equality.


The application process is brief and the reporting at the end of the project is not intended to be exhaustive. The bulk of the application is a description of the project.

Please submit using the Self-led Projects form. You can either submit a written application, or a video application. We accept submissions in English, Scots, Gaelic or BSL.

Before you submit your application, you may find it helpful to use the practice application form & guide (Word) (PDF), to help you draft your submission.

If you are unable to submit online and would like the application form in a different format, or have any questions at all regarding or the application process, please email

First applications deadline: 5pm, Thursday 14 October 2021

Second applications deadline: 5pm,Monday 31 January 2022

What Happens Next

You will receive an email from JotForm confirming the submission of your application. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission to the first deadline no later than Thursday 28 October 2021. Applicants to the second deadline will be informed of the outcome no later than Monday 14 February 2022


Please read the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered, please email and we will be happy to help.

A message about COVID-19

There will inevitably be some changes to how we deliver our support for playwrights now and in the future. We will be flexible to the needs of playwrights and other artists involved, within Government guidelines and our own resources.

Financial support
Payments will be made as quickly as possible after receipt of the signed offer letter from the playwright.

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