UK Government Announces CyberFirst Bursary Scheme

GCHQ will partner with other government departments and private industry to offer students a comprehensive package of financial assistance and cyber skills.

The CyberFirst bursary scheme is part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme.Successful candidates could be offered an annual bursary of £4,000 for each year of degree of study in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). 

The bursary will also be offered to applicants working in social science, paid summer work with GCHQ or other parts of government or industry in national security to give students the best possible start.

There is also the possibility of three years of work in a cyber security role after graduation and membership of the CyberFirst student community – which aims to offer peer mentoring and advice from cyber security experts.

The applications will be open to UK citizens that have three A-levels in at least two Stem subjects.

The scheme has been welcomed as providing another way of helping to fill the cyber security skills gap, and in addition to student bursaries CyberFirst offers a broad range of activities designed to highlight opportunities in the cyber sector and identify and support talented young people throughout their education.

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