The IFM Bursaries


The Ireland Fund of Monaco Residential Bursaries have been established to enable literary and academic writers born or living in Ireland to pursue a current project during a one-month residency at The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. The Bursaries are aimed at writers in each category who have already published some work of note and are current engaged in work-in-progress which would benefit in some regard from holding the award.

The literary and academic bursaries are held respectively during 15th March-15th April and 15th September-15th October of each calendar year. In addition to the cost of airflights and accommodation, the Bursary entails an honorarium of €1,300 to be presented to holder on completion of the period of tenure. A daily subsistence will be made available in the form of weekly payments while the recipient remains in the Principality of Monaco.

Previous Awardees

Writers in Residence: James Ryan, 2015

1st September, 2015 - Monaco
"It was an opportunity for which I’m very grateful to The Ireland Funds, the ever helpful library team, Géraldine Lance and Síle Jackson and, in particular, to our unofficial cultural ambassador in Monaco, Judith Gantley." - — James Ryan, Writer-in-Residence, 2015 - View article

Writers in Residence: Dr. Vandra Costello, 2013

29th February, 2013 - Monaco
"It is less than a month since I returned from my magical stay in Monaco but it feels like it was all some kind of wonderful dream—the Princess Grace Irish Library and The Ireland Fund of Monaco miraculously gave me a bursary to live in Monaco for a month, with a flat, pocket money and, best of all, a gorgeous book-lined study complete with Jack B Yeats painting to work in—alone, and in peace." - Dr. Vandra Costello, Writer-in-Residence, 2013 - View article

Writers in Residence: Tom Phelan, 2012

29th February, 2012 - Monaco
"In my office at the Library, I was surrounded by first editions of books written by some of the giants of Irish literature. At times as I struggled with a sentence that just would not submit, I could feel the giants looking over my shoulder muttering, What an eegit! But on I plodded, and being free from the everyday distractions of home allowed me to make good progress on Working for John-Joe, the memoir I am writing." - Tom Phelan, Writer-in-Residence, 2012 - View article

Writers in Residence: Robert O'Byrne, 2011

29th February, 2012 - Monaco
"Two weddings and a funeral: not quite enough for a Richard Curtis film but plenty to engage one’s attention over the course of a month. And between these distractions, there was the necessity for work to be done in the Princess Grace Irish Library, hardly a challenging task in such agreeable surroundings except for one almost irresistible temptation." - Robert O'Byrne, Writer-in-Residence, 2011 - View article

Writers in Residence: Turtle Bunbury, 2011

29th February, 2012 - Monaco
"I am presently writing a history of the world as it was back in the year 1847. I actually addressed the friends of the PGIL on this peculiar subject in 2010. And that was the crux of what I was writing during my four wonderful weeks in Monaco in the sun-drenched autumn of 2011." - Turtle Bunbury, Writer-in-Residence 2011 - View article

Writers in Residence: James Harpur, 2010

28th February, 2012 - Monaco
"Monaco is a theatre of dreams and fantasies and nothing could be better for a writer. It is a unique place, grounded on medieval history but insistently modern, its tower blocks surging towards the sea like a standing ovation." - James Harpur, Writer-in-Residence 2010 - View article

Application for the IFM Bursary

Applications should be made in writing to

Hannah Brogan
The Ireland Funds
25 St Stephen's Green, 2nd Floor
Dublin 2
Email Hannah

Those aiming to take up the Bursary in Autumn should be apply by March 30th of the same year and those aiming at Spring not later than September 30th of preceding year.

The next Bursary available is for Autumn 2017. Applicants should apply by the end of March 2017.


Applicants are asked to identify themselves by name, date and place of birth as well as supplying some details of their publications and giving an account of work to be undertaken while in residence in Monaco. Those applying for the Academic Bursaries should also supply CVs and the name of one or more referees.

All applications will be held on file once submitted but must be renewed by a new letter from the applicant if the Bursary is sought in any succeeding year. The name of the successful applicant in each session will be published in the media after the offer has been accepted.

IFM Bursaries: Terms of the Tenure

Bursary holders are required to remain in Monaco and to attend the Library frequently during the period of tenure. Full provision will be made as regards work-space, computer (including internet access) and other facilities of the Library.

The recipients are also required to give a lecture, talk or reading to an invited audience at some juncture during the residency and may be asked to give a talk in English to the senior class at the “Lycée Albert I” (though this is not obligatory). Finally, Bursary holders will be asked to submit a piece of writing for inclusion in an occasional anthology.

The Ireland Fund of Monaco reserves the right to emend the terms of the Bursary prior to issuing any offer. The Trustees of the Library reserve the right to effect immediate termination of a Bursary in the event of conduct that compromises the good standing of the Library.

Acknowledgement of support by the Bursary should be made in any publishing outcome connected with writing or research carried on during the period of tenure.