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Scott Trust Bursary

Supporting journalists from underrepresented backgrounds

About the Bursary
The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in journalism.

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.
The Bursary provides:
  • Fees for MA in journalism

  • £6,000 living expenses

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

  • A mentor

  • Opportunity of a 6 month fixed term contract at the Guardian

  • Meet this year's Scott Trust Bursary recipients
    This year we are 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.
    2021 Applications now closed
    Applications will reopen in early 2022 for entry to the following courses:
  • 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

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