Young and Student Journalism Awards – The Complete List

The only complete list of free young and student journalism awards in the UK.

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Last updated 1 August

Continual Applications

Journalism Diversity Fund
For those from a minority background to help them break into the media.


Nothing we know of (yet). We’ll let you know if this changes.


Asian Media Awards – Closes August 24
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, both Asian and mainstream.

RTS Student Awards – Expected to Re-Open in August 2017.
Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


BCTJ Awards – Closes September 14
Open to students on a BCTJ accredited course.

Write to End Violence Against Women Awards – Closes September 30
Celebrates the best writing in Scotland working on issues surrounding violence against women.

The Frontline Club Annual Awards – Close September 15
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photo journalism

Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Closes September 30
Award for women feature writers under 25, with a prize of £1,000


FOI Awards (SPA) – Expected to Re-Open in October 2017
The best FOI based story from a student journalist from an SPA affiliated paper.

UK Blog Awards – Expected to Re-Open in October 2017
Recognising the best bloggers of all genres across the country.


Nothing we know of (yet). We’ll let you know if this changes.


Nothing we know of (yet). We’ll let you know if this changes.


IRN Awards for News Radio – Closed January 31
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.

Association of British Science Writers – Expected to Re-Open in January
Student Science Journalist of the Year Category offering £200 Prixe


Georgina Henry Award – Closed February 1
The award funds an innovative idea – £4,000 for either a student or senior journalist.

Hugh Cudlipp Memorial Prize – Closed February 1
£1,000 prize for student journalists.

Travelex Best New Travel Writer – Closed February 5
For students and writers of all ages – win up to £1,500.

David Welch Sports Writer of the Year – Closed February 6
Open to young sports writers in education and under 25.

The Wincott Awards – Closed February 15
Under 28s can win £1,000 for work on business, economics and finance.


SPA Awards for Student Journalism – Closed March 20
Annual student journalism awards for young people part of an SPA affiliated publication.

John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme – Closed March 31
Mentoring scheme for young journalists working in TV and film

NaSTA Student TV Awards – Closed March
Annual TV awards for young people part of a NaSTA affiliated station. 

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.


Anthony Howard Political Prize – Closed April 23
Win a £25,000 prize and placements at the New Stateman, The Observer and The Times

Print Futures Awards & Scholars – Closed April 30
Apprentices, workers or students under 30 who want monetary help to train in printing or publishing


NCTJ Awards for Excellence – Open in May
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course.

London Voices Award – Closed May 22
Win up to £2,000 for a student journalist working in London.


Mind Media Awards – Closes June 30
Awarded to an individual or group who have covered mental health topics.

RTS Undergraduate Bursary Scheme & Steve Hewlett Scholarship – Closes June 30
Up to £2,000 for a promising young student to help them train

SRA Student Radio Awards – Expected to Re-Open in June 2017
Student Radio Awards for those involved with an SRA affiliated station.

Other Schemes

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)