We are delighted to announce a new opportunity for displaced film, games or television professionals: the RJP Film, Games & Television Bursary in collaboration with independent arts charity BAFTA. The Refugee Journalism Project is looking for UK-based practitioners with a refugee background who have a specific project or career development opportunity they wish to pursue in 2024.
The aim of the bursary is to support those in genuine financial need to help alleviate some of the barriers they experience so they can stand a greater chance of continuing their work in the UK. We will be awarding bursaries of up to £2,000 to individuals or groups whose work will be most impacted by our support, and who fulfil the eligibility criteria below.
The bursary recipient will be able to spend the money on:
- Technical equipment and software
- Counselling/trauma recovery sessions
- Continuing professional development (CPD) through courses/workshops
- Relocation for work expenses and travel costs for work related activities
- Professional mentoring
- Temporary accommodation to support work or training, or networking events
Bursary recipients will also be invited to two networking events where they will be able to meet and seek guidance from established media professionals.
In order to meet the eligibility criteria, you must:
- Have legal refugee or humanitarian protection status (this includes those in the UK under the Ukrainian refugee sponsorship scheme or Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme).
- Have a qualification in a media-related field, or at least two years’ worth of experience in a relevant industry (Film, Games or Television).
- Be based in the UK and over 21.
- Have a UK bank account
- Not be an existing recipient of a Prince William BAFTA Bursary
- Bursary recipients must not spend the money to fund unpaid work placements.
In order to be considered for the project please send:
- Your Curriculum Vitae (we will also accept a LinkedIn profile).
- A 400-word Statement of Intent that answers the following questions:
- Why are you applying for this bursary?
- What is the funding you require?
- What will you use the funding for?
- What difference will it make to your career in the UK?
- This can be submitted as a word document or a video or voice note.
- The details of one referee who has known the individual in a professional capacity.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of the information provided. BAFTA will have the opportunity to review the candidates before the final selection is made. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
Please email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th March 2024.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 29th March 2024.
This work is funded by BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) from funds raised from donors and supporters of the charity’s work. BAFTA is a registered charity no. 216726
The Refugee Journalism Project works towards social change by creating opportunities that support the authenticity and agency of a group whose experiences and perspectives are rarely represented in the mainstream media. Since 2016, we have supported displaced and exiled journalists and storytellers to reconnect with their careers. We focus on helping them to become better connected within the UK industry, updating their journalistic skills and finding publishing opportunities, freelance work and jobs. RJP is based at London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London.
BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).