Am I eligible for a bursary?
You are eligible to apply for a Scott Trust Bursary if:
You will be a graduate and have permanent right of residence in the United Kingdom.
You will be able to demonstrate that without financial support you would be unable to pursue a Master’s qualification.
You will qualify for home fees.
You will not already have a Masters degree or other post graduate qualification.
This year we have three new places available specifically for Black applicants, this means people of African and/or Caribbean descent, including mixed backgrounds, who also meet the above criteria.
The other three places will remain open to applicants 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. The additional three places for Black students will not affect your ability to apply for the scheme if you come from one or more of these backgrounds.
Which university courses are eligible for the Scott Trust Bursary?
People from any background underrepresented in media can apply for:
City, University of London, MA Newspaper Journalism, entry 2:1
Goldsmiths College, University of London, MA Journalism, entry 2:1
University of Sheffield, MA Journalism, entry 2:1
People of African and/or Caribbean descent, including mixed backgrounds, can apply for the courses above, and in addition:
Birmingham City University, MA Data journalism, entry 2:1
Leeds Trinity University, MA Journalism, entry 2:2
Manchester Metropolitan University, MA Multimedia Journalism, entry 2:2
I have not had any of my work published, can I apply?
Yes! We just want to see examples of your writing, so it does not matter if they have been published, self-published or not published at all. We recommend submitting pdfs or word documents instead of hyperlinks, however these will be accepted as well.
Can I apply if I already have a Master’s degree?
We will only offer a Bursary to students who do not already have a postgraduate qualification, regardless of the subject of the qualification. However, we are aware that Scottish universities award an MA qualification for their 4 year long Bachelors courses. We will accept applications from these students.
Can I apply if I haven't graduated yet?
Yes, as long as you will have graduated before the Master’s course starts then you can apply for a Bursary.
Do I have to have a degree to apply?
Yes. As this is a Master’s degree, you will need to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification to be eligible for the Bursary. If you are in your last year of your undergraduate degree and have not yet graduated you can still apply.
I don’t have an undergraduate degree in journalism, can I still apply?
Yes, we accept applications from people with any degree subject. You do not need any prior qualifications in journalism.
I applied in a previous year, can I apply again?
Yes, we do not limit how many times you can apply for a Bursary. However we will expect to see something new in your application and details of what you have been up to since last applying.
I don’t have the right to work in the UK, can I still apply?
We can only accept applications from individuals who have the right to work in the UK at the time of application. We do not sponsor individuals for a work visa.
I am an international student, can I still apply?
You can apply for the Bursary regardless of your nationality or country of residence as long as you qualify for home fees at your university of choice. You must have secured the right to qualify for home fees by the time you apply for the Bursary. You can find out more about this here.
Why is the Scott Trust Bursary scheme only open to individuals from Black, Asian, minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, disabled, or lower socio-economic backgrounds?
The purpose of the Scott Trust Bursary scheme is to support the groups listed above because they are under-represented in journalism and face barriers to entering into the industry.
Journalism is a fundamental underpinning of a fair and open democratic society where people can participate, influence and act. It gives people access to information through multiple lenses, allowing them to understand the world around them and hold power to account. To do this effectively, the media industry must be representative of the society it serves and the barriers to entering and progressing within the industry must continue to be broken.
What is the Legacies of Enslavement Project?
In March 2023, the Scott Trust published a comprehensive report on the Guardian’s historical connections with transatlantic slavery, sharing an apology and its restorative justice response. The research identified links between John Edward Taylor and the associates who funded the Manchester Guardian’s creation, and slavery.
As part of the Scott Trust's restorative justice response, The Guardian Foundation were funded to offer three additional places on the Scott Trust Bursary scheme (a total of six places). These three places are available specifically for Black applicants.
I am not sure whether I have the experience to successfully apply. What should I do?
We would encourage you to apply. You do not need to have published any work or done a certain amount of work experience, but you should be able to demonstrate an awareness of and engagement with the news and current affairs and be able to show what you would bring to the journalism industry. We are looking for talent, commitment and fresh ideas, so even if you’re not sure you’ve got what it takes, we want you to hear from you. We try to provide as much guidance as we can to potential applicants. Follow us on twitter for the latest information and guidance on the scheme.