The Jed Mercurio Future Talent Scholarship

BIMM University has partnered with acclaimed writer, producer, and director Jed Mercurio for the Future Talent Scholarship for students applying to Screen and Film School Birmingham.

Jed is widely known as the creator of the hit series “Line of Duty,” which has become one of the most-watched drama series of the 21st century in the UK. He has worked as a writer and producer for BBC, ITV, and Sky, crafting a range of compelling and critically acclaimed television dramas.

Jed’s work has consistently pushed the boundaries of television storytelling, earning him numerous awards and nominations, including from BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. As a pioneer of innovative narrative techniques and a champion for quality British television, we couldn’t be more excited to launch this scholarship at Screen and Film School Birmingham in his name.

Jed’s journey from medical doctor and Royal Air Force officer to becoming one of the UK’s most respected television writers and producers serves as an inspiration for aspiring filmmakers. His commitment to authenticity, derived from his diverse background, and his dedication to storytelling excellence make him an ideal partner for nurturing the next generation of film and television talent.

Applicable to students starting their course in September 2024, the Jed Mercurio Future Talent Scholarship will provide full tuition fees for an undergraduate candidate from an underrepresented background and/or low household income. The scholarship aims to support individuals who demonstrate talent, strong creative vision, and a passion for crafting engaging and thought-provoking narratives for television and film.

The scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student starting their BA (Hons) Filmmaking at Screen and Film School Birmingham in September 2024.

We understand the financial challenges of pursuing a creative degree, which is why we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you achieve your goals.

Jed Mercurio with Line of Duty cast on set

“I’m honoured to partner with Screen and Film School Birmingham’s Future Talent Scholarship. Providing opportunities for students from underprivileged or under-represented backgrounds is essential if we are to make the arts and media as inclusive as possible.”
Jed Mercurio

Who can apply for the scholarship?

You can apply for the Jed Mercurio Future Talent Scholarship if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You are applying for the BA (Hons) Filmmaking degree at Screen and Film School Birmingham that starts in September 2024.
  • You are a UK national with a home fee status
  • You are from a low household income* and/or an under-represented group in higher education. This includes:
    • Students from a global majority background Students who have experience in care or are estranged
    • Mature students
    • Students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community or are from a gender-diverse background
    • Disabled students *

Student Finance England (SFE) offers a full maintenance grant to students with a household income of £25,000 or less.


How to apply

You will first need to apply for an eligible undergraduate degree course at Screen and Film School Birmingham starting in September 2024. Once you have applied, you will be sent a scholarship application form.

Applications for the Jed Mercurio Future Talent Scholarship close on 28th June 2024. Scholarships will only be awarded to those who go on to accept an offer from Screen and Film School Birmingham and complete the enrolment process.

Applications for the Jed Mercurio Future Talent Scholarship 2024 have now closed.

Jed Mercurio on a production set

What happens next

A panel will assess your application, and we will contact you as soon as possible regarding the outcome.

As this is a competitive process and there are a limited number of scholarships available, we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the usual processes to secure student funding. Where appropriate, successful applicants will be able to amend/cancel their request for support from Student Finance England once their scholarship has been awarded.

Applying for the Jed Mercurio Future Talent Scholarship will not exclude you from accessing university hardship funds or the Fair Access Fund.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

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