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Scott Trust Bursary

Supporting journalists from underrepresented backgrounds

Applications for 2024 are now closed.
We offer a number of bursaries each year for a postgraduate qualification in journalism. Applications for courses starting in September 2024 is now closed. We will open again in early 2025.

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, Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and people with a disability.

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

  • at least ¬£6,741 living expenses

  • Paid work placements at the Guardian during your MA

  • a mentor

  • opportunity for a 9 month fixed term contract at the Guardian starting after graduation.

  • Eligible MA courses

    People from any background underrepresented in media can apply for:

    Three out of the six places will be awarded to Black aspiring journalists as part of the Scott Trust Legacies of Enslavement programme. The other three places are open to anyone from a background underrepresented in the media.

    Find out about your eligibility in our frequently asked questions page.

    Our top tips for a stand-out application
    Watch our short video to find out more
  • Tell us about you. What makes you tick?

  • Answer all of the questions on the application, and don't forget your articles!

  • Don't be afraid to submit unpublished work

  • Show us a range of articles

  • Meet our 2023 Scott Trust Bursary recipients
    We are delighted to award this year's bursaries to six brilliant students:
  • Raphael Boyd, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Mimi Ibrahim, Leeds Trinity University

  • Rachel Keenan, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Olivia Lee, Birmingham City University

  • Kate McCusker, The University of Sheffield

  • Matthew Pearce, City, University of London

  • 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, New York Times and the Huffington Post. Eminent Guardian journalists include Gary Younge, Mustafa Khalili, Pippa Crerar, Homa Khaleeli, Tania Branigan, Poppy Noor and Lanre Bakare. If you are a Scott Trust Bursary alumni we would love to hear from you.
    Registered charity: 1153865