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The Kit de Waal Scholarship is offering one aspiring writer the chance to study creative writing for free at Birkbeck University‘s Department of English and Humanities.

Fully funded scholarships in creative writing is rare, so this is an opportunity of a lifetime and should not be missed.

The scholarship is the brain child of Kit de Waal, the award winning British author of My Name is Leon. The scholarship is targeted at talented writers from disadvantaged background.

Deadline is February 15!

See details on how to apply.

Applicants should apply for the MA Creative Writing here ( and indicate clearly on their application form that they are applying for the Kit de Waal Scholarship. Along with filling in the form, applicants must submit 5,000 words of their writing together with a personal statement of not more than 1,000. They must also fill in an application form for the award which is available here where they must make a statement of financial status:

Applications for the Kit de Waal Scholarship are now open and will close on Monday 15th February 2016.

Applicants must be able to travel to London for classes at least one evening a week during term time. And the recipient of the Scholarship will be asked to provide proof of financial status. The Scholarship will provide full fee remission for Home/EU students for one candidate worth £7,950 and include a travel bursary.

The Birkbeck MA programme does not require a first degree. To be eligible for this award you need to demonstrate that you are a committed and talented writer and have no other means of affording the fees for the MA degree.

Further details about the MA Programme can be found here:



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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

16 Responses to “Opportunity for African Writers | Study Creative Writing in London for Free | Deadline is Feb 15” Subscribe

  1. BRIAN KAJENGO January 30, 2016 at 5:51 am #

    I am a self taught novelist write in Diaspora. Originally I am from Zimbabwe but now a South African resident. In 2014, my first Novel titled NO ROOM FOR COMFORT was published by Partridge House in UK. I have manuscripts that I lack knowledge to develop thank so if I could get the opportunity it will be fine for me to develop my skills or writing.

    • Ainehi Edoro January 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

      Hi Brian,

      I find that the best way to develop your writing is to send it out for publication. Read our submission guidelines here and feel free to send us any work you might have that meets the specifications. Good luck!

  2. Zena Edeards January 30, 2016 at 12:33 pm #


    I’m curious. Is this a diasporic affair? Can people of African Descent with a Caribbean heritage but born in the UK apply? Please forgive this sounding like an obtuse sort of question but specificity is key in these challenging times.

    • Ainehi Edoro January 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

      Hi Zena,

      Nothing about your question sounds obtuse 🙂 I am guessing that since interested candidates have to apply to the MA program at Birkbeck, Africans from the continent would count simply as international students. Here is a link to contact the program directly:

  3. Hector January 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Can Caribbean heritage apply? Please forgive this sounding like an obtuse sort of question.

    • Ainehi Edoro January 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi Hector:

      The scholarship is open to Caribbean students as well.

  4. Wellington Chikonye January 31, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    I’m interested in publishing an anthology of poetry original to me, alongside Shona sculpture. I have a collection of one hundred plus poems and it has always been my wish to present each of my poems in sculpture form. Sculpture is inspired in more or less the same way as the poetic verse. I have discovered that every title to a poem has a corresponding stone waiting to be crafted under the same title. Other stones that need poetic combinations already exist naturally pointing to some suggestive titles. Such would include balancing rocks and dwalas. Would there be a place for people like me?

  5. Sandra williamson January 31, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Can you specify what you mean by African? Is it anyone born and bred in Africa?

  6. komal February 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Please be specify if a person of a non-African nationality can enter, if they are born and bred in an African country.

  7. komal February 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    Is the above implying that one has to travel to London – 4 times a month (once/week)? from an African country?

  8. Millie Ngwalangwala February 2, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    Hi. I’m a poet and have wrote a poems in English and Xhosa. I’m currently writing my script which is a drama series for television. I would be very grateful to be given an opportunity to boost my writing career. Thank you.

  9. moses(carswell) February 3, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Prayers of an African Soul. Time has brought itself to the present. Hey,fantastic project looking forward to sending my application.

  10. Ogungbola Lara February 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Rest in peace, dearest.

  11. Cyril NDEGEYA February 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    We also need photojournalism opportunities

  12. Adam May 12, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Guys and gals read this new freelance-writing I found today, the subject is “Adam” and I highly recommend you read it at Greetings Sebastian.


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