NEWS: RTS opens newly expanded bursary scheme

20 March 2019

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has expanded the eligibility of applicants for its 2019 bursary scheme.

The RTS offers two mentor-led bursary schemes for eligible applicants whose total income is £25,000 or below for the Television Production and Journalism bursary, and £30,000 or less for the Technology bursary. For the first time, this year applications will also be accepted from students looking to study a ScreenSkills accredited higher national diploma. The Technology bursary accepts applications for computer science, engineering and electronic engineering courses and for the first time, this year physics and mathematics students may also apply.

Along with financial support, the students receive RTS membership and are paired with an industry mentor who provides support throughout their studies. The Technology bursary gives students the chance to visit nine television and broadcasting companies including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Youview, Virgin Media, Arqiva, STV and The IET, as part of a “Summer Tour” of the industry.

Since the bursary scheme was launched in 2014, the RTS has had 125 bursary students and graduates. Over the past four years, the total money pledged to the schemes has doubled, with this year’s total working out to roughly £149,000 (US$194,565).

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