Announcement of Maeve Binchy Travel Award
March 2020

The application date for the UCD Maeve Binchy Travel Award has been extended to 31 May 2020 (and the stipulation that travel by the successful candidate should take place before the end of 2020 has been removed in the light of the current crisis).  We send good wishes to all.

The School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 competition for the Maeve Binchy Travel Award. This award, sponsored by the Binchy/Snell family, commemorates Maeve Binchy, her love of travel and her world-celebrated creative writing.  The Award, worth €4,000, is open to a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) currently enrolled in UCD’s College of Arts & Humanites. The successful student will use the Award to fund a travel opportunity that will enhance her/his creative writing.

Application process

Applicants are asked to submit a combined document (preferably pdf), comprising the following:

  • one-page document (strict maximum of one page), outlining the reason for applying for the Award and the project/activity that will be carried out if successful;
  • a sample piece of original writing (strict maximum one page);
  • a short curriculum vitae (strict maximum two pages).

Applications should be submitted to by Monday 6th April 2020 and will be reviewed by a specially convened Selection Committee.

(Full applications will be acknowledged on receipt at address above and only acknowledged applications are eligible.)

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview in mid May.



  • Applicants must at time of application be enrolled in a course or module in UCD College of Arts & Humanities; the Award is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the College.

·         Travel should take place no later than 31 December 2020.

·         The successful applicant must provide a detailed written report subsequent to travel, outlining the main achievements and learning during her/his travel and examples of her/his creative writing influenced by the travel project/activity. S/he must provide full receipts for all travel expenses.


  • It is expected that the successful applicant will subsequently be available to speak with student groups about her/his experience of the Maeve Binchy Travel Award.

Queries should be directed to Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of the Selection Committee, at Please direct all correspondence to this address only.