Sky has announced details of a new Sky Academy TV Scholarship to be made available on the Masters (MA) in Broadcast Production programme offered by The National Film School at IADT from September. The scholarship is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives which aim to use the power of television, creativity and sport to give up to one million young people in the UK and Ireland opportunities to build their skills and experience. The scholarship will be offered by Sky, supported by The Royal Television Society (RTS), to individuals who may not otherwise have the financial means to support themselves through further study. It is part of Sky’s commitment to support and encourage emerging talent at grassroots level.

Managing Director of Sky Ireland, JD Buckley said “Part of our commitment to developing home grown content is about investing in the next generation of production talent. Fundamental to this is ensuring everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to get a start in the industry”. As part of the scholarship the student will have their course fees covered and the opportunity for a paid work placement within the industry. He/she will also receive one years’ free membership to the Royal Television Society (RTS) and networking opportunities within RTS including invitations to industry events.

Donald Taylor Black, Creative Director of The National Film School at IADT, said: “Every year this scholarship will give a student, who wouldn't normally have the chance, to study with us, as well as the opportunity to get work experience with a major international broadcaster.”