The University Bursary

Applying to study a degree in 2023? Or already at university, with at least two years of full-time study left to go in September 2023? Put your studies to good use on our university bursary programme.

The Key facts

  • You get £4,000 per university year, tax-free
  • It isn’t means-tested: you can apply no matter your financial situation
  • You'll do an eight week summer placement to build your knowledge and experience at our CyberFirst Academy or with government or industry
  • Your placements mean the opportunity to work with over 100 organisations like GCHQ, Lloyds, BT, Thales and Airbus
  • You don’t have to know coding: you’ll get foundation knowledge at our Academy
  • You receive £2,000 financial support for your summer placement, with a discretionary contribution to your living costs too
  • We look to place you in degree-level cyber security job role in government or industry on graduation
  • You can be studying or applying for any degree course at any UK university

What you'll need

  • You don’t need to be a coder, but you do need the drive to learn and the aptitude to protect our digital world
  • To be eligible to apply, you must be a British citizen. One of your parents must be a British citizen or must have nationality or citizenship from our approved list of countries
  • We look for exam grades or predictions of BBB at A Level (or equivalent to 120 UCAS points) in any subject

The work you'll do

What will you actually be doing? The truth is, it’ll vary depending on the organisation you join, but here are a few examples:

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Bursary student, Arron

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Bursary student, James

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Bursary student, Jane

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Former bursary student, Ben

Why choose cyberfirst?

It’s been so nice joining a community of experts who treat all us students as equals – and, of course, the £4,000 bursary has been beyond helpful.

Ethan, Bursary student

CyberFirst is an opportunity. It provides a chance to learn, challenge yourself, and it opens doors. Without this opportunity, I don’t know where I’d be today.

Talis, former Bursary student

The CyberFirst bursary gives you £4,000 a year, and £2,000 per placement. It’s been really helpful – I don’t have to take time away from my studies to work during term time.

James, Bursary student

The university bursary has now closed for applications.