The DRF David Miller Bursary

The next DRF David Miller Bursary will be delayed to 2022 because of lockdown restrictions. The Bursary will open for applications in late 2021 and the winner will be announced in the Spring 2022.

Every two years the Deborah Rogers Foundation awards a Bursary of £10,000 to a publishing professional who has been working in either a Literary Agency or the Rights Department of a publishing house in the United Kingdom for two years or more. Its aim is to help an ambitious and talented person by funding eight weeks of work placements with the winner’s choice of publishing companies and agencies in a number of countries, thereby broadening their experience at a formative stage in their career.  

The successful applicant will have identified specific areas of the publishing industry that they wish to focus on and will be able to articulate how the Bursary will help develop their career.

After the sudden death of David Miller in December 2016, it was decided to attach his name to the DRF Bursary in recognition of the significant role he played in its launch.

Once applications are open, submissions should be made via the website All submissions are carefully considered by a board of Assessors comprising agents and publishers. A selected shortlist of candidates is then interviewed by a board of Judges drawn from publishing and agencies, and previous winners.  The names of the 2021 assessors and judges will be available on the website. The Award will be presented at a ceremony in London.

The previous winners of the DRF David Miller Bursary

The 2019 DRF David Miller Bursary was won by Prema Raj, of AM Heath Literary Agency. Prema spent her 8 weeks working at Rosinante, Profile Books, Vintage, Grove and Einaudi. The runners-up were Camille Morard and Hana Murrell.

Prema said: “The Bursary has been an enormously valuable experience allowing me to expand my knowledge of translation rights and international contacts, and the publishing industry as a whole.”

Sam Bursary

The 2017 DRF David Miller Bursary was won by Sam Coates, then of Vintage PRH. Sam spent his 8 weeks working at Cappelen Damm, RCW, De Bezige Bej and Farrar Straus & Giroux. The runners-up were Celia Long and Emily Randle.

Sam said: “The bursary has provided a wealth of experience, knowledge and information which I intend to draw on over the coming years.”