The Faber Academy Scholarship

Apply now for the Faber Academy scholarship

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

Scholarship places are available on our flagship London course, Writing A Novel as well as on our six-month online course, Writing A Novel (Online).

Scholarships will be awarded to writers whose work shows significant promise but who would for financial reasons be unable to attend the course. We particularly welcome applications from writers of colour, disabled writers and LGBTQ+ writers.

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: midnight on 7 January 2021 for Writing a Novel (Online) and midnight on 10 January 2021 for Writing a Novel.

To apply, you’ll just need to email academy@faber.co.uk with a covering letter and a sample of up to 1,000 words of prose (please avoid applying via the submission portal – the ‘Apply now’ button on the relevant course page – as these places are administrated separately). Please include a subject line stating Scholarship application along with the title of the course you’d like to apply for (if you’re applying for Writing a Novel, please specify whether it’s the online or London version of the course) and your name . It would really help us if you could also include that information in the title of both your documents (eg ‘Scholarship application for Writing a Novel (London) – Nicci Cloke covering letter’). 

In your covering letter, tell us why you want to do the course, why you want to write this story, and why you need the scholarship to help. The sample of prose you submit doesn’t need to be from something you’ll work on during the course, but it is most useful to us if it’s something not too dissimilar in terms of genre and voice.

Please note that if you apply for a Scholarship and are unsuccessful you will not be eligible to book on to 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. 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 course, plus the Head of Faber Academy.
    3. The Group’s decision will be final.
  3. Scope
    1. Courses
      1. The Faber Academy Scholarship is available on Writing A Novel, Getting Started: Beginners’ Fiction, and Writing a Novel (Online).
      2. One scholarship place is offered on the January intake and one on the autumn intake of each course.
    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. Data Protection
    1. 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.
    2. 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 two weeks of the application deadline.
    2. You will then not be eligible to apply for or book the relevant course until the next iteration; eg, if you apply to the scholarship for the January version of Writing a Novel, you will not be eligible to apply for the course until the autumn version.