RTS Bursaries

RTS Bursaries

The submission window for the RTS Bursary Scheme is now closed and will re-open in early 2024.

If you would like to register your interest for the 2024 RTS Bursary Scheme, please click here.

The RTS wants television to reflect the exciting, diverse and talented voices of Britain today, and that starts by changing the industry from the inside out. The scheme was launched in 2013 by our Royal Patron, the Prince of Wales. Since then it has evolved and expanded considerably, and we are proud to say we have supported nearly 325 Bursary Scholars to date, with approximately 82% of our graduating cohorts securing employment within television and related industries. 

The RTS runs three pioneering schemes – the TV Production and Journalism Bursary, the Digital Innovation Bursary and the Steve Hewlett Scholarship. In addition to the core schemes, the RTS introduced the Beryl Vertue Scholarship in 2022, to support an applicant with an interest in producing. More information on this scholarship can be found here.

All Bursaries are awarded to talented students from lower-income backgrounds studying an undergraduate degree or HND Level 5 or 6. We will consider candidates studying all subjects: including but not limited to TV Production and Journalism; Humanities and Social Sciences; and STEM related courses, provided they demonstrate an evident interest in pursuing a career in television, film or related media industries.

The Bursary provides financial support; free RTS membership; industry mentoring; access to the latest events and lectures; and numerous networking opportunities for each academic year of study. 

What sets our Bursaries apart from other similar programmes is the emphasis upon utilising our phenomenal network of RTS members, patrons and supporters. With their help we can show these talented students that TV is attainable and support them in becoming the next generation of change making TV professionals. 

To find out more about each bursary or the application process please see the links below. Or if you are interested in becoming an RTS Mentor please follow the link to find out more, and get in touch with us on our 'Contact' page below. 

Thank you to our funders All3 Media, the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund, Apple TV+, Hartswood Films and STV.