Making your way in the journalism industry can be tricky, and it’s always good to have a helping hand. From one-on-one training to feedback on projects, workshops and bursaries… mentoring schemes can be the foot-in-the-door you’ve been searching for. That’s why we’ve put together this completely free list. Never want to miss an update? Sign up to our free newsletter to get the latest dropped straight in your inbox.
We update this list at least once a week, 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.
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Last updated October 16
Digital Women Leaders – Always Open
Bookable one-on-one sessions with leading women for women working in digital journalism. Open worldwide, but with a large majority of American editors.
ABSW Mentoring Scheme – Always Open
For early-career science writers. Get feedback on your pitches and story ideas. Only open to ABSW members.
Freelance Journalism Assembly – Always Open
Designed to connect and empower freelance journalists in Europe, through online training and mentorship, networking opportunities and a major face-to-face event to be held in 2021.
Arts Emergency Mentorship – Closes October 18
Free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help 16-25-year-olds pursue a career in the arts and humanities.
Substack Bridge Mentoring Programme – Closes October 19
A two month mentoring scheme with a senior Substack writer to help you hone your newsletter.
John Schofield Trust Early Career Journalist mentoring Scheme – Closes October 21
Designed for news journalists in the first five years of their career, you’ll be matched with a senior journalist for 12 months.
‘Starting out in Publishing’ Penguin Random House and Creative Access Mentorship – Closes October 22
Aimed at early career talent from communities currently under-represented in publishing, there are 150 mentors available for a virtual programme which will prepare you for a career in the sector.
Women in Journalism 2020 Mentoring Scheme – Closes November 29
This is a junior scheme for women who are recent entrants into the media industry. You have to be a WIJ member to apply.
Women Photograph Mentorship Program – Closed October 1
A year-long, part-time program for women and non-binary photographers with less than five years of work experience.
IMF Youth Fellowship Contest – Closed September 24
This virtual program, organised by the International Monetary Fund, will provide content creators aged between 20 and 32 with media and video storytelling training. The training with be given by Politico staff, ending in a published work.
The Second Source Mentoring Scheme – Expected To Re-Open September 2021
For women in the first five years of their career, especially from minority backgrounds.
European Journalism Centre Freelancer Mentoring Scheme – Closed September 19
Monthly chats with a mentor as part of a scheme to support early career freelancers.
Climate Journalism Mentorship for Young Media Professionals – Closed September 4
Environmental journalists ages 18 to 35 can apply for this program organised by climate tracker. You will receive $150 a month to write one story, for a duration of three months.
UNICEF Youth Mediathon – Closed September 15
You can apply for a free spot if you’re aged 16-24. The event includes mentoring, workshops and publishing your work.
WFTV Mentoring Scheme – Expected To Re-Open September 2020
For women in creative, craft, business or technical roles with seven years of experience. Get intensive mentoring, seminars and training.
The Student Publication Association Mentoring Scheme – Closed August 30
For student journalists and recent graduations looking to break into the industry.
Youth4Regions –Closed July 13
Training on journalism and EU regional policy for aspiring journalists aged 18-30 years old. There’s an opportunity to take part in European Commission press trips and work with journalists during the EU Regions’ Week.
Penguin WriteNow – Closed May 31
A mentoring scheme for unpublished authors who are unrepresented in the space. You can access workshops, feedback, one-to-ones with editors and an opportunity to join their year-long programme and get a book published.
Big Picture – Emerging Photographer Grant –Closed May 31
A call for photographers aged 18-25 to explore conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. There are two $2,500 grants available.
Stars4Media Training Programme – Closed May 27
Guidance and coaching for ‘media professionals’ with 2 to 10 years of experience. You can claim up to €6,000 in expenses.
The Press Pad Mentoring Scheme – Closed April 30
To enable aspiring journalists over 18 from outside of London, afford to accept an internship in the capital.
World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship – Closed March 11
A 14-day trip to the Caribbean including mentoring and workshops with NY Times contributor Tim Neville, to improve your travel writing.
Media Trust Creativity Works Training Programme – Closed March 16
A ten-week programme including one-on-one mentoring for those ages 18-24 from London who are not in education, training, or employment.
The Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme in Scotland – Closed March 20
A six-month training scheme in TV production paid at Scotland Living Wage (£9.30). You’ll receive involves mentoring from seniors in the field, and its sister programme in London is set to open.
Grierson DocLab Training Scheme – Closed March 20
A year long training scheme for 18-25 year olds who are new to factual and documentary programme making. You’ll get residential training, access to Sheffield Doc/Fest, a bursary-funded placement, mentoring and group training.
John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme – Closed March 31
A year-long mentoring scheme for young broadcast journalists and students.
BEATS Mentoring Program Closed February 17
A 9-month training programme for emerging and experienced British East Asian writers and directors.
The Refugee Journalism Project – Closed February 22
An initiative to help refugees rebuild their professional journalistic careers in the UK.
Vault Festival Emerging Critics Scheme – Closed December 10
Mentoring from January to March on your writing, free show tickets, and group sessions.
Women in Journalism Mentoring Scheme – Closed November 29
For women trying to break into journalism. 12-month scheme.