RTS Bursaries

Find out more about the RTS bursaries

The RTS offers two bursary schemes each year to undergraduates from lower income backgrounds intending to pursue a career in television. 

As well as offering a helping hand to those wanting to study television production, we are keen to encourage undergraduates studying computing or engineering who might consider a career in the technical side of the television industry.

Bursary students receive mentoring and placement opportunities in the industry, in addition to other benefits.

Steve Hewlett Scholarships will also be awarded to two successful applicants who have a demonstrated interest in current affairs journalism. For more information about the Scholarships and the memorial fund that supports these bursaries click here 

The Royal Television Society is committed to supporting UK undergraduates who wish to study computing, engineering, television production or broadcast journalism. 

In 2015 the RTS pledged £75,000 towards its two bursary schemes, both of which provide £1,000 per year to support the living expenses of students enrolled on an eligible programme. 


About the schemes

The RTS Technology Undergraduate Bursary scheme offers five awards aimed at encouraging some of the most talented computer and engineering undergraduates to consider a career in television. The scheme is available to talented students from lower income households applying to study engineering and computer sciences degrees - skills much in demand in the television industry.

The RTS Television Production and Broadcast Journalism Undergraduate Bursary scheme offers twenty awards to undergraduates from lower income backgrounds intending to pursue a career in television. There are also two Steve Hewlett Scholarships worth a further £1000 per year to two successful applicants hoping to forge a career in current affairs documentary or journalism.

All bursary recipients also get affiliate membership to The Hospital Club in London while studying and one year's free membership of the RTS post-graduation. In their final year of study, the RTS will aim to set up mentoring or placement opportunities with one of our many industry members. 


The RTS bursary is for people who have not previously gained a degree or other higher-education qualification and have accepted an offer as their "firm choice" to study full-time on one of the accepted undergraduate courses.

Applicants must have a household income of no more than £25,000 for the Television Production bursary, and £35,000 for the Technology Bursary and must be "home" full-time undergraduate students; applicants from other EU countries or from abroad are not eligible. 


We want to invest in talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who hope to pursue a career in television. Please click on the relevant bursary link to find out more.

If you have any questions regarding the undergraduate bursary scheme, please contact us by email to: bursaries@rts.org.uk




What our bursary students think

"I think being a bursary recipient is such an honour; it is amazing to know that there are people out there who believe in you as a talent or a future broadcaster despite your financial background, ethnicity, gender, nationality. All of the things that have made me personally feel as though this isn’t the industry for me. My advice to future recipients is that they should make use of the all events, even though the first year is such a confusing time, and also take advantage of invites to festivals. Use this title to get yourself the internship you want, the runner work you want. The more employers know that you have been invested in, the more they are interested in working with you, and getting to know you. This opportunity reflects your hard work, your passion and talent. Make the most of it."

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