Bursaries Academic Year 2018-2019



The Orwell Society is offering two bursaries for the academic year 2018-2019.

I. Journalism

II. Teaching


The Orwell Society Bursary for Journalism 2018-2019 £1,500


‘Would you like to be the new George Orwell of the 21st Century?

Write a 700-word journalistic comment feature on an issue currently in the news that reflects the spirit of Orwell’s ambition to turn political journalism into an art. Identify the publication you would be writing for.

In his 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’ George Orwell said:

‘What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice. When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, “I am going to produce a work of art”. I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing. But I could not do the work of writing a book, or even a long magazine article, if it were not also an aesthetic experience.’  

The Orwell Society is a charity committed to furthering the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of George Orwell (the pen-name of Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950), author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Ros Wynne-Jones, who is running the Daily Mirror’s project ‘Road to Wigan Pier 2017: Recreating George Orwell’s Journey 80 Years on and Mapping Modern Britain’ is a member of the judging panel – along with Richard Blair, Orwell’s son and Patron of The Orwell Society.

You can apply for the bursary if you are a UK university student studying (or about to take your first year studying) journalism (as either a full or joint degree) whether at undergraduate or Master’s level. The deadline for submitting your article and 200-word statement of principles is 1st March 2018.

The Orwell Society Bursaries for Academic Year 2018-19 Journalist application package

The Orwell Society Bursary for Teaching Orwell 2018-2019 £1,500


Would you like to receive an Orwell Society bursary worth £1,500 to help you with your training to be a teacher? Write a one hour lesson plan for teaching one of the famous George Orwell novels such as Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty Four, or any of his other books and essays. Combine that with a 200-word, original Scheme of Work (SoW) for 6-8 lessons which outlines the key learning objectives for the teaching of an Orwell text, and includes the chance for school students to write in some of the forms Orwell used, e.g. allegory, dystopian fiction, and the polemical essay.

You can submit your plan in Word, or illustrated with Microsoft Powerpoint. And you need to identify the age/educational level of the pupils/students you have prepared your lesson for.

Any student teacher on or beginning a Bachelor of Education or PGCE university programme in the United Kingdom is eligible to apply.

The deadline for submitting the lesson plan and scheme of work including aims is 1st March 2018

The Orwell Society Bursaries for Academic Year 2018-19 Teacher application package


Last Updated: October 2017


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