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 November 13

Rolling Applications

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


Ian Bell AwardCloses November 30
£500 prize for under 30s living, working or studying in Scotland

IRN Awards for News RadioExpected to Re-Open on November 20
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.

Wales Media Awards – Closed November 5
A range of awards to recognise achievements in the media in Wales

BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award – Expected to Re-Open in November 2018
Given to a non-fiction filmmaker or digital journalist between 18-30 

Young Journalist Prize – Expected to Re-Open in November 2018
A competition for students aged 11-15 from the Guardian


UK Picture Editor’s Guild Annual AwardsCloses December 2
Free entry to the videographer and student categories.

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.


BBC Young Reporter CompetitionCloses January 6
For 11-18-year-olds who want to tell and report their stories on the BBC.

Amnesty Media AwardsCloses January 25
Free to enter the student reporter of the year category

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

Orwell Prize for Journalism – Expected to Re-Open in January
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium

Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Expected to Re-Open in January
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue

Robert Cornwell Award for Foreign Reporting – Expected to Re-Open in January
£5,000 for a reporting project in North America, Europe or the old Soviet Union

New Economy Spokesperson Training Scheme – Expected to Re-Open in January
Two day training scheme to become an on air expert


David Welch Sports Writer of the YearClosed February 4
Open to young sports writers in education and under 25.

Georgina Henry AwardClosed February 7
The award funds an innovative idea – £4,000 for either a student or senior journalist.

Global Short Docs ForumClosed February 9
Win a four day residential course in film making at the Frontline Club in London.

The Wincott AwardsClosed February 16
Under 28s can win £1,000 for work on business, economics and finance.


Mary Mulvihill AwardCloses March 31
Annual award in honour of the Irish science journalist. Open to students studying at a HE institution in Ireland.

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.

The Economist & The FT The Nico Colchester Fellowship – Expected to Re-Open April
£6,000 and a three month placement at The Economist abroad or the FT in London.


London Voices AwardClosed May 21
Win a selection of prizes for a student or citizen journalist working in London.


AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards – Expected to Re-Open in June
Free to enter, a suite of awards recognising the best in travel writing.

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

The Comment Awards – Closed June 30
Awards for the best in comment writing.


SRA Student Radio Awards – Closed 20th July
Student Radio Awards for those involved with an SRA affiliated station.

The Radio Academy 30 Under 30 – Closed July 15
An annual competition for the 30 best young talents in radio and audio.


Mind Media Awards – Closed August 10
Awarded to an individual or group who have covered mental health topics.

Asian Media AwardsClosed August 21
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, both Asian and mainstream.

The Frontline Club Annual AwardsClosed August 31
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photojournalism.


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

BCTJ AwardsClosed September 20
Open to students on a BCTJ accredited course.

Sarah Corp Fellowship – Closed September 30
A year-long programme in memory of the Channel 4 journalist. Spend six months at the Channel 4 foreign desk in London, and six months in their Washington DC Bureau.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalism Awards – Closed September 10
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photojournalism.

NCTJ Awards for Excellence – Closed September 14
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course.

Index On Censorship Fellowship – Closed September 17
Winners receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support.


ABSW UK Science Conference Scholarships – Closed October 3
Free tickets, travel and accommodation for students looking to work as science, tech, or engineering journalists.

Worldwide Congress of Women Journalists and Writers Bursary – Closed October 17
Accommodation and travel for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

Student Publication Association Regional Awards – Closed October 25
Regional awards for members of a student publication in the UK or Ireland.

RTS Student Awards – Closed October 26
Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

FIPP Rising Stars in Media – Closed October 31
For under 35s who have made a significant impact to a media business in the last 12 months.

BBC Radio 4’s Journey of a LifetimeExpected to Re-Open in October
A £5,000 grant for an aspiring journalist to make the journey of a lifetime and make a radio documentary on it.

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)
  • Travelex Best New Travel Writer
  • Sensora Music Journalism Bursary
  • Cassandra Jardin Memorial Prize (The Telegraph)