The Tolkien Society is dedicated to promoting the study of the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. We are delighted to offer a bursary to support budding academics who attend Tolkien Society events to present their work.

What is it?

The Educational Travel Bursary is intended to help outstanding graduate students to present their research to the wider Tolkien community, no matter their personal circumstances. We want to will facilitate new academic discussions from diverse backgrounds by helping new voices gain confidence in the field of Tolkien studies, as well as encouraging the academic and non-academic members of the Society to share ideas at our conference events.

Why it is important

The bursary aims to pave a way for new voices in the field of Tolkien studies as well as provide members of the Tolkien Society with the very best of new Tolkien scholarship, thus fulfilling both our charitable and educational remits. We want to nurture and support the next generation of Tolkien scholars so Tolkien scholarship keeps up with the latest trends and developments; this is in line with charitable aim:

The Society shall seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE.

Few universities offer Tolkien-specific courses, so Tolkien Society events is often the only place where scholars of Tolkien can present their work to an audience of like-minded people. We are proud to help as many researchers as we can to attend our events.

How it works

Every year, the Society makes available up to four bursaries that include a grant of up to £500 (GBP) and the waiving of attendance fees to the event the recipient will be presenting at. The grant is intended to aid towards travel and accommodation expenses.

The bursary applies to all Tolkien Society events with a conference component: the annual Seminar, Oxonmoot, and special events like Tolkien 2019.

Bursary applications open following the release of the Call for Papers for the events listed above, with at least two lots of applications considered each year.


The Educational Travel Bursary is available to graduate students pursuing an MA, MSc, MRes, MPhil, DPhil, PhD or equivalent degree from a recognised higher education institution; and who have received an acceptance letter to present a paper at the Tolkien Society Seminar, Oxonmoot or a special event with a conference component.

Each candidate can only submit one application per year.

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • the title of their paper;
  • proof of enrolment at their institution;
  • a cover letter detailing the reason of their application; and
  • their CV.