Scholarship Spotlight: Scholarship for Policing and Criminal Justice Campaigners

Bootcampers voted to create a new scholarship for campaigners working on issues of policing and criminal justice.

For the first time, Campaign Bootcamp invited Bootcamp graduates and members of our community to vote on a scholarship for our residential training. We were pleased to announce that the winner of the first Bootcampers’ Choice Scholarship is… The Scholarship for Policing and Criminal Justice Campaigners.

Last year, we created a Facebook poll and reached out to our community to ask you to vote. Just under 100 votes were cast in the space of a week, with the winning scholarship receiving 34 votes.

‘It’s not easy to campaign on this particular issue and the risks are high’, says Bootcamp graduate Siana, who produced 1,500 and Counting, a film investigating deaths in police custody in the UK. ‘Any resources that can support campaigners tirelessly working on policing issues are welcome’.

Irresponsible, violent and racist policing has always been a deep-rooted issue in the UK, Siana explains. ‘However, the common narrative and distraction tactic is to look towards other countries such as the USA as “worse than us”. The UK has a prison industrial complex, woefully under-reported and actually worse than the USA with regards to the proportionality of Black populations in the country vs numbers behind bars’.

Coming in second place on our poll was a scholarship for care leaver campaigners, with 20 votes. We love this idea too and will keep it in mind for future Bootcamps! Scholarships dedicated to abortion rights, anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia campaigning were also popular.

As our community of graduates continues to grow, we are looking forward to drawing on the experience, knowledge and analysis of the Bootcamp community to guide this work. Many thanks to all those who voted and shared ideas and feedback.

How can I apply?

Applications for our next Bootcamp are now open. Click the button below to apply!

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Who is eligible for this scholarship?

This scholarship can support any campaigners tackling injustice in policing and the criminal justice system, including police brutality, deaths in police custody, excessive or unjust sentencing laws, police spying, unjust treatment of prisoners, stop and search laws, campaigners fighting for prison reform or abolition, and more.

What does the scholarship include?

If you’re successful in getting a scholarship, you’ll get access to the full year-long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of thoughtful and confidence-building training for a group of 35 enthusiastic activists.

The topics we cover include planning a campaign, working with the media, choosing your tactics, video-making for campaigners, and much more! After the residential is over you’ll get a year of follow up support, including mentoring and extra events.

The scholarship covers training, food and accommodation. We also offer assistance paying for travel to and from the venue for folks who need it.

Don’t think you’re eligible for this scholarship? 

No problem! We have lots of other scholarships available. Click the button below to find out more.

See our other scholarships


To sum up…

  • Deadline to apply: 9am BST on Tuesday 13th August 2019
  • Bootcamp 17 will run from afternoon on Sunday 13th October to the evening of Friday 18th October 2019
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email [email protected] with any questions you may have
Apply now!



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