CyberFirst Bursary

CyberFirst is a student scheme inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which aims to support and prepare undergraduates for a career in cyber security. NCSC partners with other government departments and selected industry to offer students £4,000 per year and paid cyber skills training to help you kick start a career in cyber security.

You will 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 2024.


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 from September 2024 and have (or expect to have) attained a minimum 2:1 equivalent at the end of academic year 2023/24.

Why Apply?

  • Get support for up to 4 years and receive up to £24,000
  • Study and subject at any UK University
  • Do an 8-week placement every summer
  • Work with big names in tech
  • Develop new skills and confidence
  • Explore different career opportunities
  • Kickstart your future in a fast-growing industry
  • Join a diverse community of tech and non-tech experts
  • Build your network
  • Help protect our way of life

Is it right for you?

  • You're naturally curious and keen to learn
  • You're good at solving problems and seeing patterns
  • You don't have to be into coding or computer science
  • The bursary is open to everyone - no matter your financial situation

Eligibility Checklist

  • You're applying for university to start in Sept 2024. Or you'll have at least 2 full years of study remaining (excluding industry year) from Sept 2024.
  • You've achieved or are predicted to achieve BBB at A Level (or equivalent to 120 UCAS points) in any subject
  • You're a British Citizen

How to register your interest