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 January 9.

Rolling Applications

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


Orwell Prize for Journalism – Closes January 13
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium

Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Closes January 13
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue

IRN Awards for News Radio January 14 (Most Awards), Closes January 21 (Student Award) 
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.

Stylist Remarkable Women Awards Closes January 19
Celebrating the achievements of women in the UK

Girls Impact The World Film FestivalCloses January 20
$5,000 prizes for students under 25 who submit a film on global women’s issues.

The CIVIS Media PrizeCloses January 21
Up to $15,000 awards for work focused on migration, integration, diversity, and democratic culture.

Amnesty Media AwardsCloses January 23
Free to enter the student reporter of the year category, with bursaries for other categories.

The Royal Statistical Society, Statistical Excellence in Journalism AwardsCloses January 24
To reward excellence in using statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society.

The Hillman PrizesCloses January 30
Prizes of $5,000 for investigative journalism, which much have been widely accessible to a US audience.

TRACE International Prize for Investigative Reporting Closes January 31
Up to $10,000 for stories reporting on bribery and financial crime.

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

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

Sarah Corp Fellowship – Expected To Re-Open In January
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.

Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Expected To Reopen in January
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.

EU #Youth4Regions Press Trips – Closed January 6
Travel and expenses covered for several EU press trips across 2020 for young students or journalists.


The Sigma Awards for Data JournalismCloses February 3
To reward exceptional data journalism across several categories, winning an all-expenses-covered trip to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

The Hugo Young AwardCloses February 7
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.

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom PrizeCloses February 15
Up to $25,000 for journalists or organisations making a significant contribution to press freedom, especially in high risk areas.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award – Closes February 19
Win $12,500 plus research privileges and office space in New York.

Piazza Grande Religion Journalism AwardsCloses February 28
A €2,500 prize for the best reporting in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. 

Washington Post Stern Fellowship – Expected To Re-Open In February
A three month fellowship for experience journalists at the Washington Post

NaSTA Student TV Awards – Expected to Re-Open in February
Annual TV awards for young people part of a NaSTA affiliated station. 

The Wincott Awards – Expected to Re-Open in February
Under 28s can win £1,000 for work on business, economics and finance.


WeAreTheCity Rising StarsCloses March 8
Recognising the top 100 women across all industries, with professional development rewards.

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.

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 Award – Closed 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.

Index On Censorship Fellowship – Closed July 31
Winners receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support.


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

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

Mind Media Awards – Closed August 20
Awarded to an individual or group who have covered mental health topics.

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

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


PPA 30 Under 30 Student of the Year – Expected To Reopen in September
Open to current journalism students or recent graduates

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

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

Eurasian Creative Guild Awards – Closed September 14
Up to $3,000 for stories which talk about the successes and problems of regional co-operation.

United Nations Correspondents Association Award – Closed September 15
Three categories to award the best of print, broadcast and climate change stories. Prizes amount to $60,000.

BCTJ Awards – Closed September 19
Open to students on a BCTJ accredited course.

NCTJ Awards for Excellence – Closed September 20
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course, as well as community reporters.

WeAreTechWomen TechWomen100 – Closed September 20
Awards recognising the top 100 women not in leadership roles working in the tech industry.

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


FIPP Rising Stars in Media – Closed October 4
For under 35s who have made a significant impact to a media business in the last 12 months.

The British Journalism Awards Marie Colvin AwardClosed October 4
Awarded to a “future Marie Colvin in the making” who raises the reputation of journalism.

Human Rights Watch Alan. R and Barbara. D FellowshipClosed October 11
A year-long fellowship in New York or Washington covering human rights investigations. $60,000 dollars for the year. 

RTS Student Awards – Closed October 25
Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Hostwriter Prize – Closed October 31
Up to $5,000 for collaborative journalism stories.

International Labour Organisation Global Media Competition – Closed October 31
$3,000 prize for professional journalists and $1,000 for students on the topic of labour migration.

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


The Allard Prize Photography Competition – Closes November 1
Win CAND1,000 for photography which focuses on anti-corruption and human rights.

Wales Media Awards – Closed November 4
A range of awards to recognise achievements in the media in Wales

Student Publication Association Regional Awards – Closed November 7
Regional awards for members of a student publication in the UK or Ireland.

BBC Radio 4’s Journey of a Lifetime – Closed November 10
A £5,000 grant for an aspiring journalist to make the journey of a lifetime and make a radio documentary on it.

The Philip Meyer Award – Closed November 17
Up to $500 for stories which use precision journalism, computer assisted reporting and social science research.

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

UK Picture Editor’s Guild Annual Awards – Closes November 30
Free entry to the videographer and student categories.

New Media Writing Prize, Journalism Award – Closed November 22
£750 awarded for the best writing for digital.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – Closed November 25
Win up to £1,000 for images which explore the theme of ‘Reclaiming the Future’. Under 30s only.


Thompson Foundation Journalism Now Scholar – Closed December 13
Win an all expenses paid five-week summer course in journalism in London.

New Media Writing Prize, Unicorn Student Award – Closed December 17
£750 awarded for a student producing original work for digital.

New Media Writing Prize, The Skylab Innovation Award – Closed December 17
£500 awarded to the best digital writing on the generator app.

European Press Prize – Closed December 17
Four prizes for excellent in journalism for Council of Europe Member States. €10,000 prize.

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:

  • UK Blog Awards (Now Closed)
  • 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