The Faber Academy Scholarship

Apply now for the Faber Academy scholarship

Note: please ensure you have read all the Faber Academy Scholarship terms and conditions before making your application. If you have any queries, get in touch.

Next Faber Academy Scholarship deadline: 23:59.59 on 31st December 2019 for January 2020 iterations.

The Faber Academy Scholarship is simple.

Each year, we award free places on selected courses to writers who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend.

Scholarship places are available on the daytime versions of our flagship London course, Writing A Novel, and on Getting Started: Beginners’ Fiction in London, as well as on our six-month online course, Writing A Novel: The First 15,000.

Scholarships will be awarded to writers whose work shows significant promise, who write about the world as it really exists, but who would for financial reasons be unable to attend the course — whose voices might never otherwise be heard.

We particularly welcome applications from writers of colour, disabled writers and LGBTQ+ writers.

The mechanism is simple, too. To get started, click one of the links below.

Getting Started: Beginners’ Fiction Scholarship Form

Writing A Novel Scholarship Form

Writing A Novel: The First 15,000 Scholarship Form

You will be asked to submit examples of your fiction, as well as a short statement explaining why you believe you are the right person to receive the scholarship.

In equal measure we want to know why you want to do the course, why you’re the right person to write your story, and why you need the scholarship to help.

We might also ask you for more later on: our tutors will want to get to know your work as well as possible before offering you a place, so we may ask for more of it than we do of other peoples’.

And that’s it. If you are selected for the scholarship, you will be given instructions on how to proceed. And when you arrive, you will be treated no differently to any other student. You won’t have to attend any dinner, give any speech, keep up any blog of your experience, none of that.

And if you’re not selected? If you apply for a Scholarship and are unsuccessful you will not be eligible to book onto or apply for a paying place until the next iteration. The reasoning here is brutish: Faber Academy Scholarships are for people who could not afford to attend the course otherwise. This is a way of limiting applications to just that set of writers.

Faber Academy Scholarship
Terms & Conditions

  1. Eligibility
    1. Your financial status:
      1. The Faber Academy Scholarship is intended to help someone who would not be able to attend the course to do so. It is offered in a spirit of trust. We will not be means-testing applications.
    2. Your work:
      1. You should be working on a novel, which we consider to mean a long-form piece of prose fiction.
      2. The novel should be your own original work: while the form is valid, we are not looking for pastiche, fan-fiction, or sequels/prequels to other writers’ work.
      3. Your novel should aim to ‘represent the world as it really exists’: your application should try to explain how it does so.
    3. Evidence:
      1. Faber Academy retains the right to ask you for evidence of any claim you make in your application with regards to either your financial status or your work.
      2. Any information we request and receive in this capacity will be held in confidence and returned to you or destroyed after the Scholarship has been awarded.
  2. The Scholarship Awarding Group
    1. The Scholarship Awarding Group will decide who receives the Faber Academy Scholarship.
    2. The Group will consist of one or all of the tutors for the relevant iteration of the Writing A Novel course, plus the Director of Faber Academy.
    3. The Scholarship Awarding Group will receive and read all Scholarship entries before making a shortlist.
    4. The Group’s decision will be final.
  3. Scope
    1. Courses
      1. The Faber Academy Scholarship is available on daytime or evening iterations of Writing A Novel.
      2. One scholarship place is offered on the January intake and one on the October intake.
    2. Travel and accommodation
      1. The Scholarship covers course fees only.
      2. It does not cover any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur by attending the course.
  4. Withdrawal of the scholarship
    1. By us
      1. Disciplinary
        1. Faber Academy reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship along with your place on the relevant course in line with the Conduct, Concerns and complaints policy available here, at any point during the course.
        2. In such an event, you will not be eligible to transfer to a paid place.
      2. Ineligibility
        1. Faber Academy reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship if you are found to have been ineligible for it in the first place, as set out in the terms above.
    2. By you
      1. Transfers/deferrals
        1. Should you wish to defer your offer of a scholarship place, you are entitled to do so within one calendar year: eg, if you are offered a scholarship place on a January iteration, you may defer up to the following January.
        2. After one year, your scholarship offer is considered void.
        3. If you have had a void scholarship offer in the past, you are entitled to reapply for the Faber Academy Scholarship.
        4. The Faber Academy Scholarship may not be transferred by you to anyone else.
        5. The Faber Academy Scholarship may not be transferred to another course, as per terms above.
  5. Anonymity & Data Protection
    1. Every effort will be made to preserve your anonymity throughout the application process, unless you choose to identify yourself in your submissions: the Scholarship Awarding Group will never see your name, date of birth or email address.
    2. In line with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, Faber Academy will not store unnecessary information about you for longer than we need to. Your email address will not be added to our mailing list.
    3. Faber Academy will delete your application within 6 months of the deadline passing.
  6. Unsuccessful applications
    1. If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll let you know within a week of the application deadline.
    2. You will then not be eligible to apply for Writing A Novel until the next iteration; eg, if you apply to the scholarship for the January version of the course, you will not be eligible to apply for the course until the October version.