The Felix Dexter bursary is an opportunity designed to find writers with a fresh, unique point of view and the potential to help shape the future of comedy, whether in the BBC or elsewhere in the industry. It aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of black and minority ethnic voices in comedy production.
Unlike most bursaries that culminate in a one-off prize, this bursary gives trainee writers the chance to focus on comedy, writing full time over six months, while immersed in comedy production. They hone their skills while gaining experience on a range of BBC comedies across radio, TV and online, on panel shows, shorts, sitcoms or comedy entertainment shows – building the confidence needed to take the next step in their career.
The bursary is open to black, Asian and other ethnic minority writers or writing duos who are aged 18 or over.
To apply for the bursary, applicants will need to send:
- A sample comedy/sitcom script that is a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes in length
- Answers to the application questions as outlined in the full terms and conditions
- A writing CV with a short profile biography
19 March 2021.