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!
Last updated January 21
Journalism Diversity Fund
For those from a minority background to help them break into the media.
Amnesty Media Awards – Closes January 25
Free to enter the student reporter of the year category
PPA 30 Under 30 Student of the Year – Closes January 25
Open to current journalism students or recent graduates
Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Closes January 28
Up to £1,000 for a woman under 25, awarded for a feature article.
Association of British Science Writers – Closes January 31
Student Science Journalist of the Year Category offering £200 Prize
BBC Young Reporter Competition – Closed January 6
For 11-18-year-olds who want to tell and report their stories on the BBC.
Orwell Prize for Journalism – Closed January 14
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium
Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Closed January 14
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue
IRN Awards for News Radio – Closed January 15 (Student Award), January 8 (Most Awards)
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.
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.
The Hugo Young Award – Closes 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 – Closes February 7
A number of awards for those based in Scotland working in both print and digital media.
The Wincott Awards – Closes February 15
Under 28s can win £1,000 for work on business, economics and finance.
Georgina Henry Award – Closes February 20
The award funds an innovative idea – £4,000 for either a student or senior journalist.
IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards – Closes March 29
Up to £5,000 prize for an individual or organisations freelancing or supporting the sector.
Mencap Student Journalism Awards – Close March 29
For young journalists raising issues surrounding learning disabilities.
Mary Mulvihill Award – Closes 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.
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.
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
Mencap Journalism Awards – Closes March 29th
Awards to encourage discussion and raise awareness of issues surrounding learning disability.
Data Journalism Awards – Closes April 7
A series of awards including for investigations, website and best student or young person
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 Award – Closed 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 Scholarship – Closed 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 Awards – Closed August 21
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, both Asian and mainstream.
The Frontline Club Annual Awards – Closed 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 Awards – Closed 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.
Global Short Docs Forum – Expected to Re-Open in October
Win a four day residential course in film making at the Frontline Club in London.
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 Lifetime – Expected 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.
Ian Bell Award – Closes 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
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
Free entry to the videographer and student categories.
New Media Writing Student Prize – Closed December 14
Win either £500 or a paid three month internship for the best writing for digital
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