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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


First Story - Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme.

Please complete the form below in full to submit your bursary application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing.

These bursaries are intended to enable teachers from all levels, librarians or other literary professionals working in deprived and/or disadvantaged settings to enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing course starting in 2021 and for whom finance may be a barrier to part-time study.

You will preferably work in a state-funded setting such as a state school, public library, local authority, the NHS or HM Prisons Service and will be interested in using creative writing as a development tool within your field. We will also consider applicants from third-sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Please note that as we normally receive a greater number of applications than we have bursaries available, not all applications will be successful.

To be considered for a bursary, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria set out below, provide a personal statement about how you will benefit from the course (no more than 300 words), and submit your CV.

Eligibility criteria

• You must be at least 18 years old.

• You should have a 2.i honours degree (or overseas equivalent) and/or significant relevant professional experience when you apply. 

• If you are a professional who is currently working with or have previously been engaged with a First Story programme, you are welcome to apply for this new bursary scheme.

• You agree to co-operate and participate in publicising the Partnership and to take part in promotional events and/or publications (as reasonably required). *additional criteria added 04/12/2020*

• Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

You are only able to apply for this bursary after you have also submitted your application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing. If you have not already submitted your course application, please go to and click 'apply now'.
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