Young and Student Journalism Awards – The Complete List

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!

Don’t forget, you can also find up to date guides of journalism graduate schemes and freelance rates if you need them.

Last updated December 6

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.


Orwell Prize for JournalismCloses January 11
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium

Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social EvilsCloses January 11
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue

Amnesty Media AwardsCloses January 19
Free to enter the student reporter of the year category

IRN Awards for News RadioCloses January 30
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.

Association of British Science WritersCloses January 31 (Opens December 31)
Student Science Journalist of the Year Category offering £200 Prize

Georgina Henry Award – Expected to Re-Open in January
The award funds an innovative idea – £4,000 for either a student or senior journalist.

Hugh Cudlipp Memorial Prize – Expected to Re-Open in January
£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 – Closed June 30
Awarded to an individual or group who have covered mental health topics.

RTS Undergraduate Bursary Scheme & Steve Hewlett Scholarship – Closed 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.


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.


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

The Frontline Club Annual AwardsClosed 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.

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

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.


UK Blog Awards – Closed November 20
Recognising the best bloggers of all genres across the country.

BBC Radio 4’s Journey of a LifetimeClosed 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.

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)