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Scott Trust Bursary

Supporting journalists from underrepresented backgrounds

Applications for this September are now closed.
We offer a number of bursaries each year for a postgraduate qualification in journalism. We expect to open applications for September 2024 courses early next year.

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 those 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

  • 6 weeks' work experience at the Guardian

  • 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:

    People of African and/or Caribbean descent, including mixed backgrounds can apply for the courses above, and in addition:

    Further information
    Find out more about the application process, your eligibility and more on our frequently asked questions page.
    We now offer 6 places every year
    We’re delighted to announce the expansion of our Scott Trust Bursary scheme to include three additional places specifically for Black aspiring journalists in the UK. This will bring the number of available places up to a total of six. In the coming months we will also be bringing a version of the scheme to the Guardian’s offices in the US and Australia for two potential journalists in each region.
    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, New York Times 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