Emerging Producers Bursary Program

The Emerging Producers Bursary Program offers up-and-coming producers working in science, history, and non-fiction media a range of financial support for accreditation, travel and accommodation for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP).

Recipients will have access to the event's industry intelligence and professional development opportunities, including guaranteed meetings and networking opportunities with the top producers and commissioning editors in the industry.

The goal of the program is to welcome and represent diverse talent at all career stages, and encourage a new generation of Congress members. Producers and content creators working in all science and non-fiction media are encouraged to apply including those working in digital media, social media and gaming.


How It Works

Qualified applicants will be selected to receive one of the following tiers of support for the 2018 Congress in Brisbane, Australia, from November 27 to 30:

Tier 1 - Full Scholarship

  • Full registration for the 2018 Congress in Brisbane, Australia;
  • Travel and accommodation;
  • Formal introduction at the Congress’ opening plenary;
  • Guaranteed one-on-one meetings with decision makers;
  • Meetings with leading producers to help facilitate the most effective WCSFP experience;
  • Tailored assistance and advice to successfully navigate WCSFP.

Tier 2 - Partial Scholarship (no travel support)

  • Full registration for the 2018 Congress in Brisbane, Australia;
  • Formal introduction at the Congress’ opening plenary;
  • Guaranteed one-on-one meetings with decision makers;
  • Meetings with leading producers to help facilitate the most effective WCSFP experience;
  • Tailored assistance and advice to successfully navigate WCSFP.

All applicants will receive a 15% discount on early-bird registration.


2018 Eligibility and Guidelines

  • Any producer or content creator under the age of 35 may apply for the bursary. Exceptions will be made for producers and content creators who have undergone a career change. Please self-identify in your application.
  • For Tier 1 bursaries, priority will be given to applicants from outside the WCSFP’s traditional attendance base (i.e. outside of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA).
  • The Emerging Producer Bursary Program welcomes underrepresented voices and encourages applications from across all cultural and geographic backgrounds.
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience working in the science, history or factual genres in one of the following roles: executive producer, producer, associate producer, assistant producer, or digital, gaming or social media content creator.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A one-page application statement detailing the applicant’s involvement in science, history or non-fiction media, including a description of his/her most recent project and his/her goals for attending Congress. The letter must include an indication of which tier of support is requested.
  • CV and short bio that outlines the applicant’s experience as a producer.
  • A scanned copy of a government issued piece of identification that provides date of birth.
  • A letter of support from a broadcaster or senior producer. In lieu of a letter of support digital media content creators may submit a letter detailing their audience reach, including information on how they interact with their audiences and numbers indicating their audience and social media reach.
  • Links to the applicants previous work. Please indicate your role on the supporting footage.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applications are now open, with a final deadline of September 7. Please send your application and documents to Stephanie McArthur as PDF attachments.

Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by October 15, 2018.