JHISS Community Bursary Awards Scheme

Applications open: Tuesday 3 May 2022 | Close:  Friday 20 May 2022 – 12 noon

What is a bursary?

A bursary provides financial support to those, who for one reason or another, would not be able to attend the John Hewitt International Summer School. A full programme of events is on offer from 9.45am – 10.30pm, Monday – Friday, with Saturday morning workshops.

While previous bursary students have gone on to become published writers, lead workshops, invited to host live and online author events, read at poetry & writing festivals, others come back to volunteer for us each year at the JHISS, or are employed within the literary arts.

Thanks to the generosity of our funders and sponsors, a number of sponsored bursary places are available to help cover the cost of individual attendances during festival week (this does not include travel or personal expenses).

Bursary places are only open to those who reside in the North or South of Ireland.

On offer are Full and Half Bursary Awards.

A Full bursary is worth £500 and includes

  • B&B for five nights in a single ensuite room, within walking distance of the venue.
  • Free tickets to all programme events, unless otherwise specified.
  • A creative writing workshop of your choice, with 6 hours tuition over 3 days.
  • An invitation to all Festival receptions.
  • Refreshments during the day.

Half Bursaries

A limited number of half bursaries (same as above only non-residential) are also available, for those who may have personal or other circumstances that do not permit them to spend evenings away from home, such as carers or dependants.

A Half Bursary Includes

  • Free tickets to all programme events, unless otherwise specified.
  • A creative writing workshop of your choice, with 6 hrs tuition over 3 days.
  • An invitation to ABC Council, and NSMC Festival receptions.

Apply for a Bursary

Applications close:  Friday 20 May 2022 - 12 noon.

How is it assessed?

Assessment criteria are as follows:

1.     First time applicants*

2.     Residency**

3.     Unwaged (retired, unemployed, student, in receipt of benefits).

4.     Evidence of an interest in the ethos of the John Hewitt Summer School.

5.    Evidence of how your experience could impact your local community.


*Previous applicants may re-apply, but priority is given to those who have never attended. Unfortunately those who have received a bursary within the previous two years will be deemed ineligible.

**Bursaries funded by local councils are awarded to those who live within those designated council postcode areas only. A small number of full and half bursary places are also available to ABCB Council & ROI residents.

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