Television Production and Broadcast Journalism Bursaries

Applications for our 2018 bursaries are now closed. They will reopen for the 2019 intake

The bursary provides twenty students with £1000 each year for three years to support living expenses. Successful applicants also receive membership of the RTS and affiliate Hospital Club membership whilst studying, and RTS membership for a further year after graduation, as well as an offer of mentoring or placement in the final year of study.

If you are interested in current affairs journalism or documentary production, your application will be considered for one of two Steve Hewlett awards. Each award is worth an additional £1000 per year and is supported by Steve’s colleagues, broadcasting organisations, family and friends through the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund. The award aims to commemorate Steve’s extensive and ground-breaking work in this field.

Criteria for all Television Production/Journalism bursaries

Applications for the Television Production and Broadcast Journalism Bursary are considered against the following criteria:

Enthusiasm for television - We are interested in applicants' career aspirations and their passion for television. Is there anything else that demonstrates commitment to a TV career?

Ability to study - Can applicants demonstrate their ability to study? For example, good exam grades, success in school or external competitions etc. We also want to know if applicants have had to overcome any personal barriers to achievement such as being the first member of their family to go to university.

Motivation - We want to support individuals who will make the most of the opportunities presented by this bursary and are keen to be active members of the RTS.

Geographic spread - We want to ensure bursary recipients attend universities across the UK so we will avoid making a high number of awards to one institution.

Additional evidence - We ask applicants to submit an example of their work.

For more information, guidance notes and for a list of eligible courses, click here.

The Royal Television Society Bursary Schemes and Steve Hewlett Scholarships are currently closed for new applications. We will reopen in Spring 2019. If you would like to register your interest in applying, or would like to receive information about our eligibility criteria for 2019, please send an email to Bunty Briggs at and we will contact you when the 2019 programmes open.

Bursary Terms and Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications for our 2018 bursaries are now closed. They will reopen for the 2019 intake