Along with Angus Wilson, the novelist and critic Malcolm Bradbury was responsible for establishing the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1970. The course was the first of its kind in the UK. Malcolm's first student was Ian McEwan, and he continued to teach on the programme until his retirement in 1995. Following his death in 2000 a memorial fund was established in his name, which supports two annual bursaries equivalent to Home/EU fees for the Prose Fiction MA.
The recipients are chosen by a panel of tutors on the MA, based on the material submitted in your application portfolio. Among the previous recipients of the bursaries are Christie Watson in 2007, whose first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, was the winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, and Tom Benn in 2009, who joined the MA after completing his BA at UEA and whose first novel, The Doll Princess, was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Portico Prize.