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Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature

The Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature is to encourage a project of creative writing by making it possible for the holder to engage in relevant, project-related travel and study. The Studentship is intended to encourage creative writers in the earlier stage of their careers. Applications are usually accepted in February, and at this time a written notice with further details is published.

Previous holders include Thom Gunn, Michael Hofmann, Giles Foden, Sarah Howe, Erin Soros and Vahni Capildeo.

During the period of tenure, the Student is expected to engage in a course of study or research, not necessarily attached to a university or other institution, leading up to the production of original fiction, poetry or drama. If, however, the candidate proposes to study or research at a University or other institution, such an attachment need not be finalised before applying for the Studentship.

All or part of the period of tenure must be spent in a country of the Student’s choice, outside the United Kingdom (i.e. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The Studentship refrains from imposing too many rules and regulations in an attempt to remain faithful to its ethos of enabling a period of creative writing in English Literature. In their application, however, candidates should give a detailed outline of their projected course of study/research and travel plan, and they should make a strong case for its relevance to the creative writing project.

It is a condition of election that at the time of the election the candidate be a graduate of any University of Great Britain (i.e. England, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, the Commonwealth or the United States of America.  

The Studentship is tenable for one year and is not renewable.  The Student will be admitted to membership of the College and will normally be expected to enter upon the Studentship on 1 October of that academic year. The Student will be invited by the Fellows in English to visit the College either during or immediately after their tenure, to give one or more talks about their experience.

The Studentship funding will be determined by the College Council in light of the Student’s qualifications and financial circumstances (including payments from other sources), up to a maximum of £14,300. This sum is intended to cover accommodation and other living expenses abroad and/or in the United Kingdom during the tenure of the Studentship Additional financial assistance is also available to enable the Student to meet travel costs incurred.

For information on how to apply, visit: https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/harper-wood-studentship-applications-2017