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Scott Trust Bursary

Supporting journalists from underrepresented backgrounds

Applications for September 2023 will open early next year
We offer a number of bursaries each year for a postgraduate qualification in journalism. Applications will open again in early 2023 for September 2023 MA courses.

The primary aim of these bursary awards is to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in journalism, and who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the media. In particular those from a lower socio-economic background, BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with a disability.

Those who are awarded a bursary get:
  • Fees for MA in journalism from a select university

  • At least £6,400 living expenses

  • 6 weeks' work experience at the Guardian, with subsistence and travel paid

  • A mentor

  • Opportunity for a fixed term contract at the Guardian

  • Eligible MA courses
    The following courses are eligible for the Scott Trust Bursary. This is subject to change, but will be confirmed when applications open in early 2023.
  • MA in Journalism, The University of Sheffield

  • MA in Journalism, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • MA Digital Journalism, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • MA Interactive Journalism, City University, London

  • MA in Newspaper Journalism, City University, London

  • Meet our 2022 Scott Trust Bursary recipients
    We are delighted to award this year's bursaries to three brilliant students:
  • Aneesa Ahmed, University of Sheffield

  • Morgan Ofori, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Nyima Jobe, City University

  • In conversation with Sammy, 2021 Scott Trust Bursary recipient
    Current bursary student Sammy gives advice on the Scott Trust Bursary application process, why he applied and how he's been getting on at Goldsmiths.
    The Scott Trust Bursary Alumni
    The Scott Trust Bursary has been supporting students to complete journalism qualifications all the way back to 1987. Many of them have gone on to brilliant careers in the industry, working for news outlets such as the BBC, Financial Times, News Corp and the Huffington Post. Eminent Guardian journalists include Randeep Ramesh, Tania Branigan, Esther Addley, Homa Khalili and Lanre Bakare. If you are a Scott Trust Bursary alumni we would love to hear from you.
    Registered charity: 1153865