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Scott Trust Bursary

Supporting journalists from underrepresented backgrounds

Applications for 2022 are now closed
The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries 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

  • £6,000 living expenses

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

  • A mentor

  • Opportunity of a fixed term contract at the Guardian

  • 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.
    Meet our 2021 Scott Trust Bursary recipients
    In 2021, we were delighted to award the Bursary to three brilliant students
  • Safi Bugel, University of Sheffield

  • Mabel Banfield, City University

  • Sammy Gecsoyler, Goldsmiths College, 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, 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