Scholarship Details

The Witherby Publishing Scholarship is available to 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. The funding is available due to the generous support of the Witherby Publishing Group.


The student will be offered a two-week work placement with the Witherby Publishing Group, to be taken at a mutually convenient 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, the Witherby Publishing Group 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 in between. 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 for the Witherby Publishing Scholarship close midnight, Tuesday 31st May 2022. To apply, please complete the following Find-a-Fund Application From and submit to along with the relevant documentation listed in the application form. 

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