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.
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.