The Guardian – Scott Trust Bursaries


The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for an MA in journalism. Details of courses which qualify can be viewed here.

The primary aim of these bursary awards is to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in media.


A bursary pays for tuition fees and provides a subsistence allowance of £6,000.

The scheme includes several weeks’ work experience at the Guardian.

The opportunity also provides the possibility of a one year fixed term contract at the Guardian, following successful completion of the scheme.

The selection criteria (inclusive of university entrance criteria) are as follows:

  • A graduate with a 2.1 minimum (or equivalent) and permanent right of residence in the United Kingdom.
  • You will have had substantial paid or unpaid work experience in journalism and built up an impressive portfolio – either news or features-focused, from blogging, writing for student newspapers, video, podcasts, or placements at local newspapers, radio or TV.
  • You’ll be able to demonstrate your commitment to and aptitude for a career in journalism.
  • You will need to demonstrate you are unable to pursue a masters’ qualification without financial support.

Please note that this scheme is open to graduates of any undergraduate subject (as long as you have graduated by the time the academic courses start in autumn 2018).

Deadline for receipt of application is Sunday 15th April 2018.