Deadline Mar 01 , 2019

Non-scripted TV diversity bursaries: apply for up to £1000 towards training costs

  • Owner: ScreenSkills
  • Location: UK
  • Age: 18+

ScreenSkills and its Television Skills Fund partners champion inclusivity in the UK screen industries. We are all committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the industry’s workforce and know that people with a disability, those from a lower socio-economic background, people from BAME* (black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds and women (depending on job role) are under-represented across non-scripted genres within the TV industry. Therefore, all applicants to the Television Skills Fund Diversity Bursary must be from one or more of these groups.

Applicants can be:

  • new entrants (those training to achieve their first job in non-scripted TV, or currently in their first job)
  • those already working in the industry looking to move up to a more senior role or move across/up in a different genre (NB: if you are looking to move from non-scripted to scripted genres you will not be eligible to apply, please go to the HETV information)
  • those with industry experience looking to re-enter the workforce after a prolonged career break due to carer responsibilities, disability or illness
  • those with transferable skills and experience from another industry looking to work in non-scripted TV

You cannot apply if you:

  • are in full time education
  • are employed on a permanent contract
  • do not have a permanent UK address
  • are applying on behalf of an organisation
  • have already received bursary funding from the Television Skills Fund in the last 12 months

How to apply


The first page of the online application is an eligibility test which you must comply with in order to proceed. Please carefully read the TV Diversity Bursary Guidelines (PDF) to check your eligibility before you apply.

Before filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • the name of your chosen training course(s)
  • the name and address of the training provider
  • the cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • the dates of your training
  • your CV ready to upload
  • copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (i.e. a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • link to the course outline or a copy you can upload
  • a completed Inclusivity Monitoring Form (pdf)


Additional Information

  • Applicants will need to have selected the course they’d like to attend
  • Applicants will need to have booked a place or hold a provisional place (subject to bursary award)
  • If you decide to start your training before you receive a decision, ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for funding your attendance. Therefore, wherever possible, please try to allow four weeks between making your application to ScreenSkills and your course starting.
  • The training course must start at least one day after your application is made - we cannot accept applications for training which has already begun
  • You can apply for up to £1,000 towards training costs and costs directly related to this training

Bursaries can be used for, but not limited to:

  • course fees
  • travel
  • accommodation
  • costs related to carer responsibilities

Applicants will need to provide evidence of expenditure for all claims made to the TVSF bursary fund

Bursaries will not support:

  • Training or qualifications that fall outside non-scripted TV genres
  • Full-time graduate, postgraduate, degree or diploma courses
  • Training that is already subsidised by other ScreenSkills funds
  • Training that is due to start earlier than one day after the date your application is received by ScreenSkills
  • Training not arranged through a recognised industry training provider or assessment centre
  • Attendance at networking, festivals or social events
  • The purchase of equipment

The ScreenSkills’ Television Skills Fund is the result of an agreement between UK broadcasters to invest in training for the freelance television workforce. The current contributors are BBC, Channel 4 and Five.

Since it was set up in 2006, the Television Skills Fund has invested £10.4 million in the industry through different funding programmes. It funds training organisations to deliver courses and development activities that will benefit the television industry across the UK and respond to the needs of the industry in addressing skills gaps and shortages.


Applications will be individually assessed by the ScreenSkills