The only complete list of free young and student journalism awards in the UK.
We update this list at least once a month, but if something isn’t right, do get in touch. We’ll show awards which are open in green, and ones we know are definitely opening on time in orange. Awards left in black are based on last year’s dates.
We love tip-offs too, so do let us know of any good opportunities!
Last updated May 28
Journalism Diversity Fund
For those from a minority background to help them break into the media.
The Radio Academy 30 Under 30 – Closes ASAP
An annual competition for the 30 best young talents in radio and audio.
BCTJ Awards – Expected to Re-Open in May
Open to students on a BCTJ accredited course.
London Voices Award – Closed May 21
Win a selection of prizes for a student or citizen journalist working in London.
RTS Undergraduate Bursary Scheme & Steve Hewlett Scholarship – Closes June 30
Up to £2,000 for a promising young student to help them train
The Comment Awards – Closes June 30
Awards for the best in comment writing.
Mind Media Awards – Expected to Re-Open in June.
Awarded to an individual or group who have covered mental health topics.
SRA Student Radio Awards – Expected to Re-Open in June 2017
Student Radio Awards for those involved with an SRA affiliated station.
Nothing we know of (yet). We’ll let you know if this changes.
Asian Media Awards – Closed August 24
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, both Asian and mainstream.
NCTJ Awards for Excellence – Closes September 14
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course.
The Frontline Club Annual Awards – Closed September 15
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photo journalism
Sensora Music Journalism Bursary – Closed September 22
A £300 bursary and free ticket to Sheffield Sensora festival, to report on three events.
Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Closed September 30
Award for women feature writers under 25, with a prize of £1,000
RTS Student Awards – Closed October 20
Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award – Closed October 20
Given to a non-fiction filmmaker or digital journalist between 18-30
FOI Awards (SPA) – Expected to Re-Open in October 2018
The best FOI based story from a student journalist from an SPA affiliated paper.
Young Journalist Prize – Expected to Re-Open in October 2018
A competition for students aged 11-15 from the Guardian
UK Blog Awards – Closed November 20
Recognising the best bloggers of all genres across the country.
BBC Radio 4’s Journey of a Lifetime – Closed November 6
A £5,000 grant for an aspiring journalist to make the journey of a lifetime and make a radio documentary on it.
SPA Regional Awards – Closed November 1
Recognising the best student journalism at a regional level across the UK.
The Hugo Young Award – Expected to Re-Open in December 2019
A scheme by the Guardian to encourage fresh new writing in political journalism from postgraduate students.
IRN Awards for News Radio – Closed January 30
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.
Association of British Science Writers – Closed January 31
Student Science Journalist of the Year Category offering £200 Prize
Orwell Prize for Journalism – Closed January 11
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium
Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Closed January 11
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue
Robert Cornwell Award for Foreign Reporting – Closed January 15
£5,000 for a reporting project in North America, Europe or the old Soviet Union
Amnesty Media Awards – Closed January 19
Free to enter the student reporter of the year category
New Economy Spokesperson Training Scheme – Closed January 5
Two day training scheme to become an on air expert
David Welch Sports Writer of the Year – Closed February 4
Open to young sports writers in education and under 25.
Georgina Henry Award – Closed February 7
The award funds an innovative idea – £4,000 for either a student or senior journalist.
Global Short Docs Forum – Closed February 9
Win a four day residential course in film making at the Frontline Club in London.
The Wincott Awards – Closed February 16
Under 28s can win £1,000 for work on business, economics and finance.
NaSTA Student TV Awards – Closed March
Annual TV awards for young people part of a NaSTA affiliated station.
Hugh Cudlipp Memorial Prize – Closed March 1
£1,000 prize for student journalists.
Breaking Into News (ITV) – Closed March 6
A chance to get your report on ITV news.
Scottish Student Journalism Awards – Closed in March
Annual awards for student journalists in Scotland.
Mencap Student Journalism Awards – Closed March 22
For young journalists raising issues surrounding learning disabilities.
Washington Post Stern Fellowship – Closed March 9
A three month fellowship for experience journalists at the Washington Post
Write to End Violence Against Women Bursary – Closed March 12
A £450 bursary awarded to a new writer on the theme of violence against women.
SPA Awards for Student Journalism – Closed March 15
Annual student journalism awards for young people part of an SPA affiliated publication.
Data Journalism Awards – Closed March 29
A series of awards including for investigations, website and best student or young person
The Paul Foot Award – Closed March 30
A £5,000 award to a journalist, group of journalists or publication for an investigation
John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme – Closed March 31
Mentoring scheme for young journalists working in TV and film
IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards – Closed April 6
Up to £5,000 prize for an individual or organisations freelancing or supporting the sector.
Anthony Howard Political Prize – Closed April 28
Win a £25,000 prize and placements at the New Statesman, The Observer and The Times.
Print Futures Awards & Scholars – Closed April 28
Apprentices, workers or students under 30 who want monetary help to train in printing or publishing.
MHP 30 to Watch Under 30 – Young Journalists – Closed April 28
To recognise young people, working full-time in the media from a diverse range of backgrounds.
There are a number of other schemes we are aware have run in the past but we are unable to provide details of when or if they will re-open at present. We will provide new information as soon as it becomes available.
These schemes are:
- Column Idol (The Sun)
- Guardian Student Media Awards
- Magazine Academy Awards
- Words by Women Awards
- Wyn Harness Prize (The Independent)
- Travelex Best New Travel Writer