Tolkien Society Bursary Terms and Conditions

This document sets out the terms and conditions relating to the Tolkien Society Bursary (“Bursary”).

  1. Introduction
    1. The Tolkien Society (“Society”) is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under charity number 273809. Its registered address is 3 Tithe Barn, Merton, Bicester OX25 2NF, United Kingdom.
    2. All queries concerning the bursary should be directed to the Society’s Education Secretary. Email: education [at] tolkiensociety [dot] org.
  2. Administration
    1. The Bursary is administrated by a sub-committee comprising the Education Secretary and such other members as the Trustees of the Society shall identify.
  3. Eligibility
    1. The Bursary is open to postgraduate students pursuing an MA, MSc, MRes, MSt, MPhil, DPhil, PhD or equivalent degree from a recognised higher education institution.
    2. A candidate who has previously been awarded a Bursary on two occasions is not eligible for further Bursaries.
  4. Application
    1. Applications for Bursaries may be submitted at any time. However applications for Bursaries to support presentation at specific Tolkien Society events will need to be submitted in line with the timing published on the Tolkien Society Website. Late applications will not be considered.
    2. Applications must be submitted in line with the process published on the Tolkien Society website.
    3. Applicants will be required to provide:
      1. Details of the support they are requesting, including where applicable details of the paper they have submitted
      2. Justification of why they should be awarded a Bursary
      3. A copy of their Curriculum Vitae/Resume
      4. Evidence of their enrolment for a qualifying degree
    4. A candidate may only submit one application per year.
  5. Allocation of Awards
    1. Allocation of an award to support the presentation of a paper is subject to the paper being accepted for presentation at the relevant event.
    2. Bursaries will be allocated to presentations at specific events at the discretion of the Bursary Sub-Committee. There is no guarantee that any Bursaries will be allocated to any specific event.
    3. Decisions on each application will be made by the Bursary Sub-Committee.
    4. Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by email. The timing of the decision will be announced with each call for proposals.
    5. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the reasoning for decisions.
  6. Award
    1. The number of Bursaries to be awarded each year will be determined by the Bursary Sub-Committee, with a budget agreed with the Trustees of the Tolkien Society.
    2. Each Bursary has a value of up to £500 (GBP).
    3. For Bursaries awarded to support presentation of a paper at a Tolkien Society event, the recipient will in addition receive complimentary registration for the relevant event.
  7. Payment 
    1. For Bursaries awarded to support presentation of a paper at a Tolkien Society event, payment will only be made after the successful applicant has arrived and registered at the event.
    2. All claims must be supported by receipts.
    3. Accommodation Costs: Where accommodation is available as part of the event booking, it is expected that this will be used.
    4. Travel Costs: The Bursary will cover travel by 2nd class train or economy class air, or mileage cost for use of a private car at the rate defined in the Society travel policy.
    5. Registration for Tolkien Society events: Applicants will be required to submit all the required information to support their registration for the event. Should a successful applicant have already registered for the event prior to their being awarded a Bursary, their fee will be refunded at the rate which applied at the time they registered.
  8. Publicity
    1. Applicants agree that, should their application for a Bursary be successful, they will provide a photograph and brief biography for publication on the Tolkien Society website.
  9. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
    1. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
    2. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
    3. If you have a complaint, please contact the Society in the first instance (see section 1.2 for contact details).