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Bursaries for journalism students

The following bursaries may be available to those seeking to study journalism (depending on their individual criteria). Please note, the NUJ is not directly responsible for any of the bursaries.

George Viner Memorial Trust Fund:

Set up as an independent charity by the NUJ to broaden the ethnic diversity of journalists working in the media industry. The fund helps support British Black and Asian students through the training they need to gain employment in radio, print and photojournalism.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC):

The AHRC supports world-class research that furthers the understanding of human culture and creativity. Every year they offer about 700 research awards and 1,500 postgraduate awards totalling more than £60 million.

BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme:

Year-long, paid training scheme at one of the newsrooms across the BBC. They are looking for good writers, without a professional broadcasting background, who can help reflect their widely differing audiences.

Guardian Media Group, The Scott Trust bursaries:

Created to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian, the trust aims to promote freedom of the press in the UK and abroad by offering bursaries to assist post-graduate students from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds who are facing financial difficulty in attaining qualifications for a career in media.

The Journalism Diversity Fund:

Set up with the help of the Newspaper Licensing Agency in association with publishing companies, including the Guardian Media Group, News International, now News UK, and Pearson to support training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds and those who can't afford to pay for NCTJ-accredited courses. The fund is managed on behalf of the industry by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Postgraduate Solutions:

Students starting on any UK postgraduate programme can apply for one of the two £500 yearly bursary awards.

Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary Scheme:

The Stationers’ Foundation scheme comprises 10 awards, each worth £6,000, given yearly to postgraduate students. Applicants should normally be under 25, hold an offer for a place on a postgraduate course approved by the foundation, and be a UK resident.

The Guardian: media diversity schemes:

The Guardian's list of training and placement schemes for individuals from ethnic minority communities of all ages and backgrounds who want to build experience in the media.