Interested in a career in television?

Maybe you aspire to work in the television industry, or perhaps you are technologically minded and have not yet decided which industry will offer you the best career opportunities?

In either case, the Royal Television Society bursaries could provide you with the advantage you need to break in to one of the most competitive industries.

RTS Bursaries are awarded to students from less-affluent backgrounds who demonstrate talent, potential and determination. You must be studying TV Production and Journalism or related subjects, or degrees such as Physics, Maths and Computer Science. We encourage both current first year students and those about to start a degree or HND Level 5 or 6 course in September to apply.

What really sets our Bursary scheme apart from similar programmes is its emphasis upon networking. Being an RTS Bursary recipient opens a wealth of opportunities and contacts: from attending exclusive RTS events and being paired up with mentors our students have gone onto secure not only work experiences and year-long placements, but also full-time jobs. Approximately 80% of our graduating cohorts have secured employment within the television broadcast industries since the schemes creation.

 TV Production and Broadcast Journalism Bursary 

20 bursaries are available worth £1,000 per year of study, and they are open to students who are studying full-time accredited degree courses in either Television Production or Broadcast Journalism.

To be eligible for this award you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be either a current first year student or due to start your course in autumn at undergraduate or HND 5/6 level, in TV Production, Journalism, or media related course.
  • Bursaries are awarded to talented students from lower-income backgrounds who are either a current first year student or due to start their course in the autumn and are 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. What is important is an evident interest in pursuing a career in television, film or related media industries

In addition to the bursary, successful applicants will also be given the opportunity to gain real insight in to the industry and build a network of contacts, with free membership of the Royal Television Society whilst studying and RTS membership for a further year after graduation plus mentoring and placement opportunities.

 Technology Bursary

In the technology age, there is an increasing demand for computer scientists and engineers to work in the television industry, but many are unaware of the opportunities. This bursary has been designed to encourage the most talented Engineering, Maths and Computer Sciences students to consider a career in television.

There are five to ten bursaries available, each worth £1,000 per year of study, and recipients will also be provided with an RTS membership throughout their time at university, as well as for a further year after graduation. We will organise opportunities for students to learn about the potential career opportunities and meet people working in Media technology.

To be eligible for this bursary you must:

  • Be either a current first year student or due to start your course in autumn at undergraduate or HND 5/6 level, in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or related technological degrees.
  • Be a “Home” student starting a full-time degree in Autumn
  • You must have accepted an offer as your firm choice.
  • You must have a household income below £35,000
  • You must have applied to Student Finance before you submit your application.

Applications for both schemes will open on the 1st April 2021 and will close on the 30th September 2021.

In the meantime students can register their interest in the scheme and receive updates about the application process by following this link:

Full details on both of these exciting opportunities, along with application forms can be found on Royal Television Society’s website.

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