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Breaking in to a career in television is a dream for many, but unfortunately this highly competitive field can be difficult to break in to if you don’t have the right contacts or experience, which is where the student bursaries offered by the Royal Television Society could really help boost your chances.

Since 2014, the RTS has been offering bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a passion for a career in television. The bursaries have been designed to offer financial assistance, but perhaps more importantly support, mentoring and networking opportunities with established members of the society, which will allows scholars to build their contacts before they even graduate.

How the bursaries have helped previous scholars

Florence Watson:
The bursary gave me the freedom to focus on my studies and take opportunities that were previously inaccessible to me. All this strengthened the prospects of me finding work following graduation.

I graduated last summer and began applying for as many jobs as possible. Out of 2,000 applicants, I was lucky enough to gain one of 16 places on the Channel 4 Production Training Scheme. This places you with an affiliated production company for 12 months. I am now based full-time at Lime Pictures in Liverpool. During the past six months I have worked as both a researcher and an assistant script editor on Hollyoaks.

Suzanne Pearson:
Support from the RTS helped a lot. It arranged for me to speak to a talent manager, encouraged me to apply to The Network, a talent scheme run by the Edinburgh Television Festival, and invited me to the RTS Cambridge Convention. It was through these connections that I found out about and secured a job at Raw TV.

About the bursaries

There are 3 different bursary schemes offered by the Royal Television Society, to students from low income households.

The RTS Television Production and Journalism Bursary – open to students studying TV, film, digital or broadcast journalism courses

  • £1,000 per year during your course to support living and study expenses
  • Fabulous networking opportunities within the media industry
  • Masterclasses from industry experts
  • Mentoring from experienced people working in the industry
  • Membership of the RTS
  • Affiliate membership of The Hospital Club

The RTS Technology Bursary – open to students studying Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or General Engineering who have an interest in a career in television

  • £1,000 per year during your course to support living and study expenses
  • Unique access to industry visits, internships and industrial placements
  • RTS masterclasses and events
  • Membership of the RTS
  • Affiliate membership of The Hospital Club

The Steve Hewlett Scholarship

Awarded in memory of Steve Hewlett, one of Britain’s most respected broadcast journalists, who died in February 2017. The Scholarship recognises Steve’s ongoing commitment to improving access for all to careers in the media and improving social mobility.

The Steve Hewlett Scholarship, worth £2,000 per year, plus the networking, events and membership benefits of the RTS Bursaries, is awarded annually to a student who has applied for the RTS Television Production and Journalism Bursary and who has a particular interest in documentary and current affairs.

How do I apply?

For further information and how to apply visit https://www.rts.org.uk/education-training/rts-bursaries

Application closing date

Applications for all 3 bursaries close on June 30th 2018

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