Witherby Publishing Scholarship

Scholarship Details

Witherby Publishing Scholarship is open to applications from individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake a postgraduate degree. The successful applicant will be offered £3,000 towards the payment of fees for the MSc Publishing postgraduate degree, to be paid at the beginning of the academic year (October 2020). The funding is available due to the generous support of Witherby Publishing Group.


The student will be offered a two-week work placement with Witherbys, to be taken at a mutually convenient time. At the time of writing, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the particulars of how or where this might be conducted have yet to be confirmed. However, the placement will follow Scottish Government guidelines in place at the time.

Witherby Publishing Group

Witherbys is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful publishing houses, with a portfolio of over 400 specialist titles that are exported to over 110 countries. Established in a London coffee house in 1740, Witherbys has long been involved in the maritime industry, initially drawing up and publishing marine insurance clauses for use by merchants, ship owners and their sponsors. In 2008, when the company was bought from the 7th generation of the Witherby family, the name was changed to the Witherby Publishing Group and the company was brought, in its entirety, to Scotland. Twelve years later, having grown the company tenfold, Witherbys is now one of the largest providers of regulatory and guidance materials to the marine industry.

MSc Publishing

Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University is the only publishing course in the UK to have been awarded accreditation by the Publishing industry. We are the only Publishing course to have been doubly accredited, recognising our interconnection with the global Publishing industry. Celebrating over 50 Years of Excellence in Publishing Education, the programme has set world standards for the discipline, and its research and pioneering initiatives have helped to inform policy makers, other Publishing courses, and the industry at large. We have strong partnerships with industry and our programme of study is highly vocational, with a high employment rate and a global reputation for our research outputs, our industry-expert staff, our intensive, practical training, and our industry links. We teach Publishing in its most diverse sense, from academic publishing to zines, from magazines to manga, and everything inbetween. We welcome applicants from across the world and from all backgrounds, and we are proud to have established this Scholarship – the first of its kind. It is a demonstration of our ground-breaking, ceiling-smashing, innovative and inclusive approach to the vibrant industry that is Publishing.

Application Process?

Applications close midnight, Sunday 9th August 2020. Alongside the completed the completed scholarship application form (click here to download), you must provide the following supporting documents:
  • Bank statements for ALL accounts held showing transactions for 31 days to date of application for you and your partner. Internet printouts are acceptable.
  • A signed supporting statement from your supervisor/lecture/other academic referee.

Please email your completed Scholarship Application Form and supporting documents to development@napier.ac.uk

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Waite, Development Executive, at b.waite@napier.ac.uk.