RTS Bursary scheme opens for applications

RTS Bursary scheme opens for applications

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The 2017 RTS Bursary Students (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The Royal Television Society has opened its bursary scheme for applications.

The RTS is offering 20 bursaries to students studying Television Production and Broadcast Journalism courses, and an additional five technology bursaries, aimed at encouraging students to consider a career in television.

Applicants for Broadcast Journalism courses will automatically be considered for the Steve Hewlett Scholarship which was launched in 2017 in memory of the broadcaster.

The RTS bursaries are aimed at students in less affluent circumstances with the goal of helping to widen participation and skills in media and its related industries.

Bursary recipients will receive £1000 per year of their studies, as well as affiliate membership of the Hospital Club and full membership of the RTS. They will also receive mentoring opportunities from RTS partners including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

The scheme launched in 2013 and has now supported over 100 students through their studies. The first cohort graduated in 2017 and 100% of them are currently working the in the television industry.

Kyle Shiels, an alumni of the scheme who recently completed his BA Journalism course at University of Leeds said ““The Bursary is easily one of the best choices I’ve ever made. From the dinners and masterclasses to mentoring and event access, it gave me access to a world into which I never would have had a look-in otherwise.”

To apply for the scheme, visit the RTS Bursary pages. The deadline for entries is 30 June 2018

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