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BLACA Bursary Award

  • Course: Intellectual Property LLM
  • Number: up to 2
  • Value: Up to £6,000 towards tuition fees
  • Available for Unconditional offer holders
  • Home and overseas students
  • Deadline: Friday 26 March 2021 (00.00 hours GMT)


BLACA logo with the C stylised as the copyright symbolThe British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association, BLACA, is the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) founded in Paris in 1878 under the Presidency of Victor Hugo. It provides a British forum for the examination of matters affecting authors’ rights and neighbouring rights. The Stationers' Company is the ‘City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries’. Through its Foundation, it supports selected postgraduate courses that are related to a range of trades, from paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspapers, broadcasting and online media. The BLACA / Stationers' Company Professor Sterling postgraduate bursary award scheme is designed in line with the institutional aims and objectives of the two awarding organisations. It aims to benefit candidates in the relevant cohort who can show commitment to developing professional and transferrable skills in the content industries.

Eligibility and Nature of Award

The award consists of one or more bursaries from a fund of up to £6,000, to be paid as a contribution towards tuition fees of the successful applicant[s] enrolled during the academic year 2021-2022 Intellectual Property Law LLM, at Queen Mary University of London

The following criteria will be taken into consideration: academic merit, financial need and the quality of the application. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide

  • written evidence of an unconditional offer from Queen Mary for a place on the LLM Intellectual Property Law for the AY2021/2022
  • documentary evidence to substantiate their financial needs
  • further information as to other sources that will support their ability to take part in the programme.

Payment will occur upon confirmation from the University that the student is taking the requisite minimum number of credits in the specified modules.

Students must take a minimum of 90 credits on the LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme in the modules stated below:

  • International and Comparative Copyright Law (30 credits)
  • Global Intellectual Property (30 credits)
  • Interactive Entertainment Law (30 credits)
  • Music Industry Contracts (15 credits)
  • Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries (30 credits)
  • Commercialisation of IP (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (on an agreed copyright topic) (30 credits)

What are scholarship winners required to do?

If you are awarded a scholarship you may be asked to assist the Law Marketing Team with marketing activities such as the postgraduate law open evenings and student profiles and videos.

Please note school scholarships are also subject to university-wide Terms and Conditions as well as any course/School/Faculty conditions or criteria outline.

How to apply

Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae and a short Statement of Motivation (maximum 1000 words) by Friday 26 March 2021 (00.00 hours GMT). Applications should be sent:

By email to:

Mr. Simon Clark
BLACA Secretary
BLACA / Stationers' Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme

By post to:

Mr Simon Clark
BLACA Secretary
BLACA/Stationers’ Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme
Bristows LLP
100 Victoria Embankment
London EC4Y 0DH
United Kingdom


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview which may be conducted remotely or in person in London in the last week of April 2021.

The interview panel will include a member of the Stationers’ Company, two members of the BLACA Executive Committee and two senior academics from Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London respectively.


All enquiries concerning the bursary scheme or subject guidelines should be directed to Professor Uma Suthersanen, BLACA Committee Member/Queen Mary (email: