Thursday 29 June 2017

John Hewitt Society bursary scheme - Time running out

What is the bursary scheme?

The John Hewitt Society offers opportunities to experience literature, art and political debate and to explore issues of difference and identity in safe, neutral spaces.

The bursary scheme is an assisted community ticketing system and plays an important aspect of the Society’s outreach programme. Without the bursary, many attendees would be unable to attend the Summer School.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and funders a limited number of community awards are available which cover the full cost of attendance at the Summer School.

The John Hewitt Society assesses community bursary applications to the John Hewitt International Summer School under the following criteria:
First time applicants*
Residency in Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland**
Financial need e.g. employment status, student, in receipt of benefits
Evidence of an interest in the ethos of the Summer School
Evidence of how their experience could impact their local community

*Previous applicants MAY reapply but priority is given to those who have not attended previously. In the instance of a returning applicant reapplying, those who received a bursary in the previous year will be ineligible.

**Bursaries funded by local councils in Northern Ireland are awarded to those who work or live in the council area. A limited number of bursaries will be made available to those from the Republic of Ireland. There are a limited number of bursaries available to those residents outside of Ireland. All bursaries are subject to funding.

What is a bursary?

A bursary offers financial support to those who otherwise would not be able to attend the Summer School. The scheme is aimed at those who would otherwise not be financially able and attracts a varied demographic: third-level students, at-home parents, professionals, retired/60+, etc.

Full bursaries include accommodation for five nights, breakfast and ticket entry to all events. The Society can also offer discretionary half-bursaries which cover the entrance to all Summer School events for those who may have personal circumstances that do not permit them to spend evenings away from home, such as carers or dependants. Accommodation is not provided for half bursaries.

In 2015 35% of applicants had not applied for a bursary the previous year; this is an encouraging figure, and we are hopeful we can make further improvements for 2016 by publicising the community bursary scheme more widely to ensure the greatest benefits to those requiring the most support.

Why should I apply?

“Really enjoyed, stimulated by an excellent and varied programme….Thank you. I have been amazed and delighted by the consistently high standard of all the events I have attended.”

“This event has really inspired me and pushed me to get back into prose writing again.”

“Thought provoking and challenging.”

Previous bursary students have gone on to become published writers, lead workshops, host live author events, invited to read at poetry and writing festivals and work in the literary sector.

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