CyberFirst Student Bursary

CyberFirst Student Bursary


CyberFirst is a Student Bursary scheme inspired and led by GCHQ which aims to help support and prepare students for a career in cyber security. GCHQ is partnering with other government departments and selected industry to offer students a comprehensive package of financial assistance and cyber skills to help kick start a career in cyber.


Successful applicants could be offered:

  • An annual bursary of £4,000 for each year of degree study in a STEM Subject.
  • Paid Summer Work activities with GCHQ or other parts of government or industry involved in national security, for each year of study. This will be a mix of training, learning and development and work experience – all designed to give students the best possible start in a career in Cyber.
  • Applicants will be placed for 3 years, in a National Security Cyber role after graduation.
  • Applicants receive membership of the CyberFirst Student Community, which aims to offer peer mentoring and advice from cyber security experts.


  • UK National
  • Three A levels at grade B or above, or equivalent qualifications in any subject.
  • Have an offer to study, or be in first year of studying a STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering or Maths) degree at a UK university.
  • As part of the selection process, applicants will be expected to prove clearly that they have a good understanding of computers, how they work and how to secure them.

How to apply

The CyberFirst Student Bursary scheme will open for applications in April 2017.

Applicants may register their interest now from the GCHQ website and will be contacted when the campaign opens.