Emerging Producers Bursary Program

The Emerging Producers Bursary Program offers up-and-coming producers and content creators working in science, history, and non-fiction media a range of support including accreditation and networking opportunities for Congress '20, presented by the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP).


The goal of the program is to welcome and support diverse emerging talent 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.


The Emerging Producers Bursary Program will award up to 25 Bursaries to attend the 2020 online event. Additionally, Bursary Recipients will be offered legacy discounts on accreditation for the 2021 and 2022 WCSFP, further allowing new members to return annually to Congress.


How It Works

Qualified applicants will be selected to receive one of the following tiers of support for Congress '20 taking place online from December 8 to 10.

Full Bursary (Tier 1)

  • Full registration for Congress '20
  • Mentorship from a Congress veteran
  • Guaranteed one-on-one meetings with decision makers
  • Welcome session with leading producers to help facilitate the most effective WCSFP experience
  • Tailored assistance and advice to successfully navigate WCSFP
  • Discounted accreditation to attend Congress 2021 and 2022

Priority for the Full Scholarship will be given to producers from emerging markets and to digital media producers/content creators.


Partial Bursary (Tier 2)

  • Full registration for Congress '20
  • Welcome session with leading producers to help facilitate the most effective WCSFP experience
  • Tailored assistance and advice to successfully navigate WCSFP
  • Discounted accreditation to attend Congress 2021 and 2022


Eligibility and Guidelines

  • Applicants must be first time WCSFP attendees
  • 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, two priorities have been identified:
    • Applicants from outside the WCSFP's traditional attendance base (i.e. outside of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, UK, USA)
      AND/OR
    • Applicants who have not previously attended a major international market event
  • 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, wildlife or factual genres in one of the following roles: executive producer, producer, associate producer, assistant producer, or digital, gaming or social media content creator
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate that their careers are at a stage to benefit from attendance at a large international event


Requirements

Applicants will be required to provide the following information in their application:

  • A short bio
  • A current CV
  • A work sample (video or audio)
  • A letter of support from a broadcaster or senior producer OR 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.
  • An application statement which provides more information on the applicant such as:
    • The applicant’s involvement in science, history or non-fiction media
    • The applicant’s most recent or current projects
    • The applicant’s goals for attending Congress '20


Application

Applications for Congress '20 are open, with a final deadline of September 4.


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