CyberFirst is a student bursary and development scheme for Under Graduates. It gives you an opportunity to receive a generous annual bursary, paid summer internships and the potential for 3 years’ employment in National Security.

CyberFirst is a Government-backed scheme pivotal part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme. It covers a broad range of activities; a comprehensive bursary scheme, a girls-only competition and development courses at UK universities and colleges. Each activity is designed to give talented young people the support, skills, experience and exposure they need to become the cyber workforce of the future. 

Cyber security roles are constantly evolving, consistently challenging and crammed with potential. The people to fill these roles could be anybody – and they could come from anywhere. To help find them, support them and train them, we’ve created CyberFirst. National Cyber Security Centre


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There has never been a greater need for young talented people to help protect UK society, our families and our way of life. As a key part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme, CyberFirst will deliver a broad range of activities designed to identify and support talented young people through their education and highlight exciting career opportunities in cyber security.

CyberFirst Schemes

CyberFirst is 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 a comprehensive package of financial assistance and cyber skills training to help you kick-start a career in cyber security.

It covers three stages of your career:

  1. University: during the years you study at university, you will receive an annual bursary of £4,000 per year, tax-free.
  2. Each summer: you'll be paid £250 per week to work during your Uni holidays with HMGCC, or another government or industry partner, this also could be a bespoke training course.
  3. After graduation: you'll join HMGCC (or another government or industry partner) for a three-year graduate-level cyber security role.

All we require is for you to be a UK national, have (or be expecting to have) an offer to study, or be in your first year of studying a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) degree at a UK university and have 3 A-levels at Grade B or above (or equivalent qualifications) in any subject.

All applications for CyberFirst are managed by NCSC. For full details on the scheme and to apply for a CyberFirst Bursary, go to the NCSC website. There you will also find details on the other CyberFirst initiatives:

  • CyberFirst Apprenticeship - A three year Degree Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security
  • CyberFirst AdventurersA free one-day course for those who have not yet made their GCSE choices (12-14)
  • CyberFirst DefendersA free four-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 14 to 15 year-olds
  • CyberFirst FuturesA free five-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 15 to 16 year-olds
  • CyberFirst AdvancedA free five-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 16 to 17 year-olds
  • CyberFirst Girls Competition - For teams of four girls to work through online cyber challenges, designed to test their ingenuity