International Institute of Modern Letters

Scholarships and Prizes

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Undergraduate Prizes

Several prizes are available to recognise an exceptional student in an undergraduate creative writing (CREW) workshop. These include the Maurice Gee Prize in Children's Writing, the Story Inc. Prize for Poetry and the Prize for Original Composition (prose). Prizes are awarded annually, subject to the relevant workshop being offered in any one year.

Please note: As we do not offer undergraduate majors or full year programmes, there are no specific scholarships available for our undergraduate CREW courses.

 

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MA Scholarships

For MA in Creative Writing (CREW) applicants

The advice about general Victoria scholarships below is a guide only. Prospective scholarship applicants should contact Victoria's Scholarships Office for detailed current advice about available scholarships, deadlines and conditions, and about the application process.

If you intend to apply for the Victoria Masters (by thesis) Scholarship, or another relevant general postgraduate scholarship, you should advise the IIML by ticking the relevant box on the application form (either the online or the paper form) and noting the name of the scholarship you are applying for.

You should submit all other sections of your scholarship application to the Scholarships Office by their deadline, and direct all scholarship queries to them.

Please note: General scholarships applications are considered pending acceptance into the programme. If a scholarship application is due on or before our 1 November course application deadline, the two selection processes run concurrently.

Check the relevant deadline and do not wait for our decision on your application before applying for a scholarship.

Applicants will know the outcome of both processes before Christmas.

For completing MA CREW students:

On completion of their MA year, our students can apply for a number of programme-specific project scholarships.

The IIML now offers up to six annual project scholarships to MA in Creative Writing students who apply after completion of the final MA folio. These include the Michael Hirschfeld Project Scholarship, which will be awarded to a script or screen writing student, and the Jean Squire Project Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the pagewriting programme, with preference for it to go to a children's writer where appropriate. Project scholarships will be awarded by recommendation of the examiners on the basis of financial need and merit.

Applications must be submitted to the Scholarships Office (not to the IIML), generally by mid-November each year. More about the IIML's project scholarships and how to apply.

In addition to these project scholarships, the Schaeffer Fellowship (also known as the Glenn Schaeffer Award) can provide the opportunity for a graduate of the Writing for the Page stream to go on to grant-aided study at the IIML's prestigious North American co-centre; the Iowa Writers' Workshop. This award is only available to New Zealand citizens. The Schaeffer Fellowship is currently in hiatus.

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MA Prizes

The $3,000 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing is awarded to the author of the best portfolio in the Writing for the Page stream.

The $3,000 David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting is awarded to the author of the best portfolio in the Scriptwriting stream.

The $2,000 Brad McGann Filmwriting Award is awarded to a graduating film scriptwriter who has demonstrated excellent potential, to support further work on a film script.

The $2,000 Biggs Family Prize in Poetry has been awarded annually since 2006 to recognise the potential of a graduating poet.

Read about previous MA prize winners.

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PhD Scholarships

The advice below is a guide only. Prospective scholarship applicants should contact Victoria's Scholarships Office for detailed current advice about available scholarships, deadlines and conditions, and about the application process.

If you intend to apply for the Victoria PhD Scholarship, or another relevant Victoria postgraduate scholarship, you can apply on the same form you use to apply for PhD admission. This single form is available from the Faculty of Graduate Research's website.

With regard to Academic Referees (Q. 9 on the application form), the Director of our PhD Programme will complete the Academic Referees Confidential Report, after the application has been submitted. This assesses the suitability of the proposed PhD project in terms of our requirements and will be forwarded to the Scholarships Office. The applicant still requires a second referee (see Notes to applicants).

Scholarship applications are considered pending acceptance into the programme. Applicants will know the outcome of both processes before Christmas. Please direct all scholarship queries to the Scholarships Office.