The Royal Television Society wants the television industry to reflect the exciting, diverse and talented voices of the Britain of today, and that starts by changing the industry from the inside out.

The RTS Bursary Scheme was launched in 2013 by their Royal Patron, the Prince of Wales. Since then it has evolved and expanded considerably, and have now supported over 240 Bursary Scholars to date. Approximately 80% of graduating cohorts secured employment within the television broadcast industries.

The RTS runs three pioneering schemes – the TV Production and Journalism Bursary, the Digital Innovation Bursary and the Steve Hewlett Scholarship. Bursaries are awarded to talented students from lower-income backgrounds studying an undergraduate degree or HND Level 5 or 6. They will consider candidates studying all subjects: including but not limited to TV Production and Journalism; Humanities and Social Sciences; VFX; Post-Production and STEM related courses. What is important is an evident interest in pursuing a career in television, film or related media industries.

The Bursary provides free RTS membership; industry mentoring; access to the latest events and lectures; and numerous networking opportunities. It also support Scholars financially, awarding £1000 per academic year of study.

What sets our Bursary 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.

For more information about the bursary, how to apply and eligibility criteria, please visit:

Submissions will remain open until the 15th July 2022.


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