The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries


Our postgraduate bursary programme provides support for young people on a variety of MA and MSc courses leading to a career in the Content and Communications industries.

These range from digital media to print and packaging and from book and magazine publishing and journalism to conservation and information management.

Stationers Bursaries awarded in 2016

Bursaries awarded in 2016 picture above and for bursaries awarded in 2017 please click here for individual photos.

Postgraduate Bursary Scheme 2021

The Foundation offers up to 12 Bursaries each year to postgraduate students on specific courses that support entry to and progression in the Communication and Content industries. Successful students will each receive a bursary of up to £6,000 and will be offered the opportunity to receive support during their studies from an appropriate member of the Stationers’ Company, taking into account the specific interests of the student.

On successful completion of their Masters programme the award winners will be presented with the Freedom of the Stationers’ Company and it is expected that they will participate in the life of the Company. Dispensation for payment of the annual membership fee will be given for the following three years.

Criteria and participating institutions

Applicants must normally be under 25 on 1st September 2021, resident in the UK, and classified as paying UK tuition fees. If you are between 25 and 30 and wish to apply, please discuss your application with the relevant Course Director and Administrator.  Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for one of the identified courses below.

British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF)
MSc Management to be awarded by the University of South Wales

City, University of London
MA Magazine Journalism

City, University of London
MA Publishing

MA Digital Media

Kent University Centre for Journalism
MA Multimedia Journalism

Kingston University, London
MA Publishing

London College of Communication - University of the Arts London
MA Publishing

Oxford Brookes University
MA Publishing Media & MA Digital Publishing

University College London
MA Library and Information Studies

University College London
MA Publishing

University of Salford
MA Journalism

West Dean College
Conservation Studies specialising in Books & Library Materials

Westminster University
MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

Application process

The application form should be submitted to the relevant Course Administrator by Friday, 21st May 2021. Applications must be supported by two references, one academic and one personal from someone of standing who can support the financial statements made in the application. The course team will draw up a shortlist of up to three students from each university whose names will be submitted to the Foundation. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview at Stationers’ Hall in London in the weeks commencing 21st June and 28th June 2021. It is essential that applicants are available for these interviews. Each relevant course director will be part of the interview panel.

Please note that due to the current circumstances it is likely that the interviews will be held virtually.

Download Application Form

Please complete the Application Form (which is a Word document) and then insert your 2 references and any financial backup documentation directly into your Application Form and then just submit ONE document.  Due to remote working at this time, multiple files per applicant cannot be processed.

Download the Application Guidelines

Applicants from London College of Communications are requested to use the application form available from the College.

Applicants from Goldsmiths - University of London should send their applications direct to the Programme Director, Sarah Kember, on and the Course Administrator, Ben Craggs, on

Applicants from Kingston University should send their applications direct to the Senior Lecturer, Publishing, Emma Tait,

Applicants from the University of Salford should send their applications direct to the Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Ian Wood,

Interested applicants for City University should write to Dr Patrick Brindle, Programme Director, Publishing Studies,

The bursaries for Westminster University, Goldsmiths & BPIF are funded with support from The Printing Charity.

Criteria for awards

Short-listing will take place based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
  • The quality of the application

Award decisions will be based on performance in interviews at Stationers' Hall.  Candidates will have the opportunity to make a presentation (a maximum of 10 minutes) in support of their application and show examples of their work.  The interview panel will be made up of at least two Foundation Trustees and the Course Director from the candidate's postgraduate course.


Timetable for awards

Application forms should be submitted to the relevant Course Administrator by Friday, 21st May 2021.

Each university will send its shortlisted applications (maximum 3) by Tuesday, 1st June 2021 to:-

Mrs Pamela Butler, The Stationers’ Foundation, Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London, EC4M 7DD
Tel: 020 7246 0990

Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates in late July.  Bursary funds will be transferred to each university in early September and then passed on to each award winner after the course fees have been deducted (if appropriate).  The selection panel's judgement is final and no correspondence whatsoever will be entered into concerning the decision that is based on performance at the interview at Stationers’ Hall.

There will also be an Awards Ceremony at Stationers’ Hall in October/November at which all the award winners and representatives from each university will be present. It is essential that award winners are able to attend this event.  Award winners will also be asked to submit termly reports to their Company supporters.

Contact details for participating institutions

Each university will send its shortlisted applications to:

Mrs Pamela Butler, The Stationers' Foundation, Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London, EC4M 7DD

Tel: 020 7246 0990


Any further enquiries about the scheme should be directed to Pamela Butler at the above address or email

The relevant Trustee of the Stationers' Foundation is Nicholas Brealey who can be emailed on

2014 Bursary recipients - for details click here.

2015 Bursary recipients - for details click here

2016 Bursary recipients - for details click here

2017 Bursary recipients - for details click here

2018 Bursary recipients - for details click here

2019 Bursary recipients - for details click here

2020 Bursary recipients - for details click here