The BBC is committed to backing brilliant
new talent across all areas of TV and Film.
As part of our partnership with NFTS, the BBC offers up to 20 bursaries a year, across our 10 sponsored courses, to support exciting new talent from diverse backgrounds, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access the School’s world class teaching.
We aim to offer at least one fully funded bursary on each of our sponsored courses – although we will flex our support according to the range of applications and financial need. On MA courses we will commit to supporting new students across the two years of the course. All BBC scholars will have a commissioning or production mentor. All our courses have a lead sponsor – but other BBC departments may also contribute to the courses, mentoring or work placements.
We strongly encourage applications from candidates with backgrounds that are under-represented in the BBC or the wider production sector: Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, disabled and those from lower income backgrounds – where the candidates parents were working in a routine or manual occupation when they were 14. The current definitions the BBC uses can be found on the BBC website. We also encourage applications from candidates meeting the above criteria
, who currently live in the Nations and Regions, and plan to work there in the future.
Applicants wanting to be a BBC scholar should apply to the NFTS in the normal way – and state if they have a particular interest in being a BBC scholar. Information on other scholarships is available here. The BBC commissioning or production teams will then select applicants based on creative merit and any under-representational need.
Meet the most recent cohort of BBC scholars in this news article.
BBC Sponsored courses
Assistant Directing and Floor Managing Diploma
Production Management for Film and TV Diploma
Script Development Diploma
Writing and Producing Comedy Diploma
Directing Fiction MA
Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA
Directing Documentary MA
Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA