CyberFirst Student Bursary and Development Scheme for September 2021 Intake - Registration of Interest Ref. 2107

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Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. We recognise how vital it is to reflect the diverse communities we seek to protect. Having diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and ways of thinking helps ensure that we always challenge each other and make sure that we are getting it right. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including from underrepresented groups.

CyberFirst is a Student Bursary scheme inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which aims to help, support and prepare undergraduates for a career in cyber security.  NCSC will partner with over 130 other government departments and selected industry members to offer students a comprehensive package of financial assistance and cyber skills training whilst studying for an undergraduate degree.  During the years you study at University, you’ll receive a Bursary of £4,000 per year, tax free.  Each summer, you’ll complete training at a CyberFirst Academy or an 8-week work placement with NCSC, a government body, or one of our industry partners.  Wherever you’re placed for the summer you’ll receive a summer payment equivalent to £2000.  In addition, you’ll receive a contribution to your accommodation costs.

Upon successful completion of your chosen degree studies, we’ll assist you to find a paid cyber security role within UK national security, government or industry with the expectation that you would stay for a minimum of three years.  However, if at the end of your degree course, you would prefer to continue with academic study, we may be able to facilitate post graduate research in cyber security with the possibility of funding.

We’re looking for motivated and committed individuals, from all backgrounds, with an aspiration for a career in cyber security.  As part of the selection process, you’ll  be expected to demonstrate that you have the aptitude to develop an understanding of computers, how they work and how to secure them.  

You’ll need to have (or expect to have) 3 ‘A’ levels in any subject at Grade B or above (or equivalent) and have an offer (or be applying) to study an Undergraduate Degree or Integrated Masters in any subject at a UK University from September 2021


Already be studying an Undergraduate Degree or Integrated Masters in any subject at a UK University, with a minimum of 2 years of full-time study remaining at the University from September 2021 and have (or expect to have) attained a minimum 2:1 equivalent at the end of academic year 2020/21.

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CyberFirst Student Bursary and Development Scheme will open for applications in September 2020.  However, you may register your interest NOW and you will be contacted when the campaign opens

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.