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We invite applications from individuals, working in the UK screen industry as freelancers, to apply for bursary support to help them progress within scripted high-end TV.

Bursaries are available for eligible individuals to attend courses in priority skills areas and those listed on Skills Passport, the new short course resource for freelancers. 

What can we support?

Up to £1,000 is available for eligible individuals to cover course fees, travel and childcare costs (where applicable). 

The following in-demand departments are currently being supported:  

  • Accounts
  • ADs & locations
  • Art & construction 
  • Assistant Directors
  • Camera
  • Costume
  • Hair & make-Up
  • Lighting & electrical
  • Locations
  • Post and VFX
  • Production
  • Props
  • Rigging & grip
  • SFX
  • Sound

Who can apply?

Individuals can apply for a high-end TV drama bursary if:

  • You can demonstrate proven professional working experience in the UK screen industries 
  • You have been accepted onto an eligible training course
  • You can demonstrate that the training will benefit your career progression within the high-end TV drama industry 

How to apply?

Download the bursary guidelines for HETV.

Read the guidelines carefully to find out more about eligibility, what you can apply for and how to submit your application. It is vital that you read the guidelines before starting your application. Your application will not be successful if you do not demonstrate that you meet all the criteria.

In particular in your application for these bursaries, you must indicate how you expect this training will benefit your future career in high-end TV drama. This bursary fund does not support sectors outside of high-end TV drama.  

This is a rolling bursary scheme and you can submit an application at any time. However, please note there is a high demand for this funding and the programme will close when all funds for the year ending 31 March 2019 have been allocated, which may be before this date.

We are unable to take phone queries regarding high-end TV drama bursaries. Please address any written queries to


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