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CQT Quantum Immersion Writers Residency
With the support of: Singapore National Arts Council
Call for proposals: a scientific residency for literary types

We are pleased to announce the Quantum Immersion residency for Singapore writers. This new residency will give a creative individual the opportunity to explore the scientific world to produce an original literary work. The residency will take place at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014

Proposals are invited to create a literary work in English over a period of 3-6 months as writer-in-residence at CQT. The work must take inspiration from research at CQT, drawing on the ideas and applications of quantum physics or the processes of science. The work may take any form including a novella, poetry, play or graphic novel.

Quantum physics is one of humankind's most successful theories, accurately describing the behaviour of the fundamental particles of nature. This behaviour is often strange: for example, particles can share a 'spooky' connection that transcends their separation. One interpretation of quantum theory suggests the possibility of many universes. Research in this field has also contributed to marvels of modern technology such as the laser, and it promises new technologies such as fast computers, precise sensors and secure communication. CQT has some 200 staff and students doing theoretical and experimental research.

To gather inspiration, the writer-in-residence will interact with the Centre's researchers, tour laboratories and immerse themselves in the everyday life of a cutting-edge research institute. Experiences will range from joining conversations in CQT's Quantum Café to seeing experiments - even single atoms - in action.

As writer-in-residence, you will:

  • Create a literary work inspired by research at CQT, to be completed within two months of the end of the residency
  • Collaborate with CQT to make the work available in an appropriate form
  • Offer two public sessions
  • Spend at least two working days per month, in whole or parts, at CQT
  • Acknowledge the residency in published forms of the work

The Centre for Quantum Technologies will:

  • Arrange meetings and lab visits to match your interests
  • Give you freedom to attend all events at the Centre such as scientific talks
  • Provide office space
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for public sessions and distribution of the work
  • Offer a monthly stipend of $2000
  • Award a bonus on completion of the work of $2000

The residency is organised with the support of Singapore's National Arts Council. Within a year after the residency, the writers (through their publishers, unless they are self-publishing) may apply to the NAC presentation and participation scheme for publishing support consideration of up to 50% qualifying costs.

Application process

To apply, please send an email with "Quantum Immersions Residency" in the subject heading to Jenny.Hogan@quantumlah.org
with the following:

  1. Your literary CV
  2. A 2-page proposal, including a detailed description of the proposed work, a timeline, and ideas for the two public sessions
  3. Samples of previous work and, if available, a sample of the proposed work

Additional information

  • Applications will be evaluated by a panel including arts practitioners, academics, critics and representatives of CQT
  • Shortlisted candidates may be called for interview
  • Joint applications (eg, by a writer and illustrator) will be considered
  • The residency must start in or before September 2014
  • The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014
  • Only Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may apply
About the Centre for Quantum Technologies

The Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) was established as Singapore's inaugural Research Centre of Excellence in December 2007. It brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology. CQT receives core funding from Singapore's National Research Foundation and Ministry of Education. The Centre is hosted by the National University of Singapore and has additional laboratories at the Nanyang Technological University.

The Centre has previously hosted artists and writers for short residencies. In 2013, it ran a competition for flash fiction inspired by quantum physics. The Quantum Shorts competition was supported by media partners Scientific American, Tor and Tor.com.

For more information about CQT, please browse our website: quantumlah.org