Fully funded creative writing scholarship launched at Birkbeck
A fully funded scholarship opportunity for a budding writer to hone their skills has been created at Birkbeck, University of London.
The first Kit de Waal Scholarship will be launched in October at Birkbeck’s Department of English and Humanities. This new scholarship will provide a fully funded place for one student to study on the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA (part-time) over two years, from 2016–2018.
The Scholarship, which has been created and funded by award-winning British writer Kit de Waal, also includes a generous travel bursary to allow the student to travel into London for classes and Waterstones' vouchers to allow the student to buy books on the reading list.
The Kit de Waal Scholarship is intended to support a talented student who would not otherwise be able to afford to do the course, targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds — including but not confined to care leavers, ex-prisoners, members of BAME communities, people with a disability and those from socio-economically deprived and marginalized groups.
- Applicants should apply for the MA Creative Writing here (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2015/postgraduate/programmes/TMACWRIT_C/) and indicate clearly on their application form that they are applying for the Kit de Waal Scholarship. Along with filling in the form, applicants must submit 5,000 words of their writing together with a personal statement of not more than 1,000.
- They must also fill in an application form for the award which is available here where they must make a statement of financial status: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/research-bursaries-studentships-funding/arts-ma-bursaries
- Applications for the Kit de Waal Scholarship will open on November 10th 2015 close on Monday 15th February 2016.
- Kit de Waal is published in various anthologies (Fish Prize 2011 & 2012; ‘The Sea in Birmingham’ 2013; ‘Final Chapters’ 2013’ and ‘A Midlands Odyssey 2015) and on Radio 4 Readings. She came second in the Costa Short Story Prize 2014 with ‘The Old Man & The Suit’, second in the Bath Short Story Prize 2014 with ‘The Beautiful Thing’ and second in the Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Prize. She won the Readers’ Prize at the Leeds Literary Prize 2014, and the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction 2014 and 2015. Her first novel ‘My Name is Leon’ will be published by Penguin in June 2016.