Free Journalism & Student Journalism Awards – The Complete List

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

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.

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 August 13

Rolling Applications

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


Asian Media AwardsCloses August 20
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, both Asian and mainstream.

TED Fellow Programme 2020Closes August 27
Covering your costs of speaking at the TED conference in Vancouver.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalism Awards – Closes August 31
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photojournalism.

Mind Media Awards – Closed August 10 2018
Awarded to an individual or group who have covered mental health topics.

AAAS Science Journalism Awards – Closed August 1
Celebrating professional reporting worldwide in science, engineering, and mathematics.


The Frontline Club Annual AwardsCloses September 2
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photojournalism.

Nan Shepherd PrizeCloses September 10
A prize to recognise unpublished nature writers. The winner will receive a book deal with £10,000 advance and mentoring.

BCTJ AwardsCloses September 19
Open to students on a BCTJ accredited course.

NCTJ Awards for Excellence – Closes September 20
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course.

WeAreTechWomen TechWomen100Closes September 20
Awards recognising the top 100 women not in leadership roles working in the tech industry.

Write to End Violence Against Women BursaryCloses September 30
A £450 bursary awarded to a new writer on the theme of violence against women.

UK Blog Awards Expected to Re-Open in September 2019
Recognising the best bloggers of all genres across the country.

Sarah Corp Fellowship – Closed September 30 2018
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.

Index On Censorship Fellowship – Closed September 17 2018
Winners receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support.


Global Short Docs ForumExpected to Re-Open in October 2018
Win a four day residential course in film making at the Frontline Club in London.

ABSW UK Science Conference Scholarships – Closed October 3 2018
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 2018
Accommodation and travel for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

Student Publication Association Regional Awards – Closed October 25 2018
Regional awards for members of a student publication in the UK or Ireland.

RTS Student Awards – Closed October 26 2018
Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

FIPP Rising Stars in Media – Closed October 31 2018
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 2019
A £5,000 grant for an aspiring journalist to make the journey of a lifetime and make a radio documentary on it.


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

New Media Writing Prize – Closes November 30
Between £500 and £1,000 across various prizes for the best writing for digital

Wales Media Awards – Closed November 5 2018
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 Awards – Closed December 2 2018
Free entry to the videographer and student categories.

New Media Writing Student Prize – Closed December 14 2018
Win either £500 or a paid three month internship for the best writing for digital


Association of British Science Writers – Closed January 31 2019
Student Science Journalist of the Year Category offering £200 Prize

BBC Young Reporter Competition – Closed January 6 2019
For 11-18-year-olds who want to tell and report their stories on the BBC.

Orwell Prize for Journalism – Closed January 14 2019
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium

Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Closed January 14 2019
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue

IRN Awards for News RadioClosed January 15 (Student Award), January 8 (Most Awards) 2019
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.

Amnesty Media Awards – Closed January 25 2019
Free to enter the student reporter of the year category

PPA 30 Under 30 Student of the Year – Closed January 25 2019
Open to current journalism students or recent graduates

Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Closed January 28 2019
Up to £1,000 for a woman under 25, awarded for a feature article.

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 Year – Expected to Re-Open in January
Open to young sports writers in education and under 25.


Washington Post Stern Fellowship – Closed February 28
A three month fellowship for experience journalists at the Washington Post

The Hugo Young Award – Closed February 3
A scheme by the Guardian to encourage fresh new writing in political journalism from postgraduate students. £500 in cash and a chance to shadow a lobby reporter.

Scottish Press Awards – Closed February 7
A number of awards for those based in Scotland working in both print and digital media.

NaSTA Student TV Awards – Closed February 13
Annual TV awards for young people part of a NaSTA affiliated station. 

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


IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards – Closed March 29
Up to £5,000 prize for an individual or organisations freelancing or supporting the sector.

Mencap Student Journalism Awards – Closed March 29
For young journalists raising issues surrounding learning disabilities.

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

SPA Awards for Student Journalism – Closed March 7
Annual student journalism awards for young people part of an SPA affiliated publication.

We Are The CityClosed March 22
Nominate women below director level in any profession to recognise their potential.

The Football Blogging AwardsClosed March 24
To reward the best football bloggers across various categories.

Scottish Student Journalism Awards – Closed in March 2018
Annual awards for student journalists in Scotland.

John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme – Closed March 31 2018
Mentoring scheme for young journalists working in TV and film


The Paul Foot Award Closed April 2
£5,000 award to a journalist, group of journalists or publication for an investigation

Breaking Into News (ITV) – Closed April 5
A chance to get your report on ITV news.

Kent Press & Broadcast Awards – Closed April 5
15 categories for individuals and websites in Kent.

The Economist & The FT The Nico Colchester Fellowship – Closed April 5
£6,000 and a three-month placement at The Economist abroad or the FT in London.

Data Journalism Awards – Closed April 7
A series of awards including for investigations, website and best student or young person

MHP 30 to Watch Under 30 – Young Journalists – Closed April 11
To recognise young people, working full-time in the media from a diverse range of backgrounds.

AA Gill Award for Unpublished Food Writers – Closed April 17
In honour of the legendary AA Gill, winners will receive £5,000 and their work will be published.

Anthony Howard Political Prize – Closed April 26 
Win a £25,000 prize and placements at the New Statesman, The Observer and The Times.

Print Futures Awards & Scholars – Closed April 29
Apprentices, workers or students under 30 who want monetary help to train in printing or publishing.


World Journalism Education Congress Student Call – Closed May 15
Journalism students can submit ideas on the future of journalism school, with winners presented in Paris.

London Voices AwardClosed May 21 2018
Win a selection of prizes for a student or citizen journalist working in London.


CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year AwardClosed June 30
A range of categories celebrating the best photos which inspire people to care for the environment.

AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards – Expected to Re-Open in June 2019
Free to enter, a suite of awards recognising the best in travel writing.

The Comment Awards – Closed June 30 2018
Awards for the best in comment writing.



SRA Student Radio Awards – Closed July 26
Student Radio Awards for those involved with an SRA affiliated station.

The British Journalism Review, 30th birthday competition – Closed July 31
A writing competition to celebrate the publication’s 30th birthday. Winners get £500

GG2 Leadership Awards, Young Journalist of the Year – Closed July 31
Rewarding excellence in black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. Under 30s only.

ICFJ News Corp Fellowship – Closed July 7
Receive a three-month residency with the Wall Street Journal, all expenses paid.

National Geographic Travel Writing Competition – Closed July 8
Get published in one of the world’s most famous magazines and win a trip across southern Africa.

Free Press Awards – Closes July 15
Global awards for journalists who go to great lengths to make sure stories are told.

And Now What? Film Fund – Closed July 22
Awards up to £500 to 18-25-year-olds to produce your short ideas, along with support worth £1,300.

The Radio Academy 30 Under 30 – Closed July 15 2018
An annual competition for the 30 best young talents in radio and audio.

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