About the Bursary Scheme

The BCS bursary scheme aims to break down barriers for underrepresented groups by providing resources for professional growth through BCS membership.

Our Goals

We believe a diverse and inclusive IT profession is essential for a safe and positive future. Our goal is to distribute over 5,000 bursaries annually by 2026, fostering a more representative and inclusive tech industry.

Eligibility for the BCS Membership Bursary

The BCS membership bursary is available to UK non-profit organisations and networks supporting underrepresented groups or individuals from socially and economically diverse backgrounds. As a bursary partner, BCS will collaborate with you to implement an engagement and application process for your community.

Member Benefits

Bursary recipients will receive either a student or professional membership based on their profile. Members will also join relevant community groups related to their IT interests and support networks.

Find out more about our communities

What are the next steps?

BCS looks to approach organisations and be proactive about how we can support their communities, but are keen to hear from organisations who believe that a bursary can assist with their aims and objectives.

Who else do we work with?

In 2020 BCS investigated the current gender and ethnicity makeup of the industry, where it was determined that black women are the most underrepresented minority in the profession at just 0.7%.

Together BCS and Coding Black Females wants to commit to, building a highly competent and ethical profession and promotes talent from all backgrounds. Given our shared goal of developing the careers of black women, BCS and CBF have been working together since 2020 to provide hundreds of black women with BCS membership, and the opportunity to harness the BCS network, mentoring, CPD and much more.