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Who can apply?

Young people aged between 15 and 17 years old who, if selected to take part, are free, willing and committed to joining us for the week long immersive programme. We are not looking for experienced writers, we are looking for writers with a passion for words and willingness to be part of the collaborative learning environment in MoLI!

When is the closing date?

28 February 2020, 5pm.

Where should the students arrive on the first day?

Students should arrive at MoLI at 1pm on Monday, 6 July 2020.

When will the students finish?

Students will finish at 12pm on Friday, 10 July 2020.

Where are the students staying? 

All of the students will stay in UCD Student Residences, fully supervised by UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Access Leaders.

Are the students supervised at all times during their stay?

Yes.  Students will be supervised during their stay in MoLI.  All staff are Garda Vetted and programming, events and practices will be delivered in line with our Child Protection Policy.

Are all staff and supervisors Garda Vetted? 

Yes. All staff are trained and vetted as per the Museums Child Protection Policy.

How will the students get from home to the museum?

When awarded the Bursary, we will pay for travel costs to and from Dublin (from within Ireland), and provide Leap cards for students during their stay in Dublin.

Are all meals provided?

Yes. We will provide all students with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once a student is offered a place on the Bursary, we will cater, as best we can, to their dietary needs.

Should students bring money with them?

If students would like to bring some spending money for other/extra costs, they can do so.

We will cover the cost of travel, accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as part of the Bursary. 

Will the students be able to contact their parents/guardians during the course of the week?

Yes, of course!  The week will have a busy, exciting timetable, so we would ask for parents/guardians and students, where possible, to contact each other during break/free time.

Are mobile phones permitted?

Mobile phones are permitted, but we encourage a no/limited mobile usage during class based sessions. Ultimately, the selected group of students will come up with a contract of communal fair usage together on the first day of the Bursary Week.

Who is on the judging panel? 

The judging panel is comprised of the writer-fellow and representatives of UCD, MoLI and the NLI.

Who chooses the Writer Fellow? 

Our first writer fellow was chosen by Edna O’Brien. Each writer-fellow will choose the writer-fellow for the following year.

Will the Bursary be happening again next year? 

Through a generous donation, the Bursary will be happening every year at MoLI.

If I have any more questions, can I contact someone about my queries?

Yes, contact [email protected], and we will try to answer any questions you may have.

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