Students eager to pursue a career in television production and broadcast journalism are being encouraged to apply for the Royal Television Society (RTS) Undergraduate Bursary Programme for 2018.

The RTS will invest £75,000 in scholarships to 20 students from lower socio-economic backgrounds from across the UK with the goal of helping to widen the participation and skills for entry roles into the media industry.

An additional five technology-focussed bursaries are open to students interested in a career in television who are studying computing and engineering.

Student submissions who are already studying broadcast journalism courses will automatically be considered for the Steve Hewlett Scholarship.

The scholarship was launched in 2017 in memory of the celebrated British broadcaster’s ongoing commitment to improving access for all into careers in the media industry as well as improving social mobility.

Theresa Wise

Theresa Wise

RTS Chief Executive Theresa Wise said: “As an educational charity, the Royal Television Society is committed to helping young people from diverse and low income backgrounds, particularly those who display a real passion to work in TV, to realise their potential and get a foothold on the careers ladder.”

The programme is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career across all facets of the television industry, from researching and producing roles to camera operators, sound recordists and script-writers as well as news reporters and directors.

RTS Chair of the Education Committee and Pro Vice Chancellor at University of Sunderland Graeme Thompson said: “The scheme gives students a real advantage in the jobs market. It offers them unparalleled access to industry leaders and employers, which means they gain a great contacts book and invaluable insights into the industry by the time they graduate.”

Successful bursary recipients will receive £1000 per year of their studies, as well as complimentary membership of the RTS including one year post-graduation and membership of The Hospital Club.

Students will have access to mentoring from RTS members as well as partners from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

The Programme had its first cohort of students who graduated in 2017, with all graduates successfully landing jobs and launching their career in the TV industry.

For details on the accredited courses eligible for the scheme, the bursary guidelines and to submit an application visit the RTS bursary education training.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.