Making your way in the journalism industry can be tricky, and it’s always good to have a helping hand. Mentoring schemes can be the foot-in-the-door you’ve been searching for, from one-on-one training to feedback on projects, workshops, and bursaries. That’s why we’ve put together this completely free list. Never want to miss an update? Sign up for our free newsletter to get the latest dropped straight into your inbox.
We update this list at least once a week but do get in touch if something isn’t right. We’ll show awards that are open in green and ones we know are opening on time in orange. Awards left in black are based on last year’s dates.
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Last updated: March 18
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 in 2021.
Ambassador Programme, JustLikeUs – Always Open
JustLikeUs provides positive LGBT+ representation to schools. They train volunteers to speak in schools by providing and receiving career mentoring, media training, and networking opportunities for UK-based LGBT+ people aged 18 – 25.
Young Women’s Trust – Always Open
A free coaching scheme for women aged 18-30. Professional support assisting with interview preparation and career guidance.
John Schofield Trust Sixth Form Mentoring – Always Open
Online mentoring for 16-18-year-olds interested in working in broadcast journalism.
Food Writers Intensive – Closes February 28
Funding and mentorship available for 10 enthusiastic, passionate writers to ‘push the boundaries of food writing’ on Substack. Successful applicants will receive $10,000 USD and a chance to enrol on a three month programme to boost their own projects.
Penguin WriteNow – Expected to re-open in March 2022
A mentoring scheme for unpublished authors who are unrepresented in the space.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.
ALTRUVIOLET’s Creative Internship – Expected to re-open in March 2022
Mentoring for Black creatives to work on TRAPLORD, a multimedia exploration of masculinity and mental health.
Big Picture – Emerging Photographer Grant – Expected to re-open in March 2022
A call for photographers aged 18-25 to explore conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. There are two $2,500 grants available.
Modern Slavery Unveiled Grant Programme – Expected to re-open in March 2022
This is a funding pool for cross-border journalist teams to investigate and expose human trafficking and forced labour of Asian people in Europe. Teams can also apply for a mentor to provide assistance.
The Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme in Scotland – Expected to re-open in March 2022
A six-month training scheme in TV production paid at Scotland Living Wage (£9.30). You’ll receive involved mentoring from seniors in the field, and its sister programme in London.
A Writing Chance – Expected to re-open in March 2022
Mentoring and a bursary of £1,500 for folks who are underrepresented in the media. Ending with a byline or a podcast.
SJN Solutions Journalism Mentorship Programme – Expected to re-open in March 2022
Working with a mentor, you’ll meet monthly to produce at least two solutions stories by October 2021.
BBC Studios Scriptworks Writers’ Academy – Closes April 3
BBC Studios Writers’ Academy is a unique opportunity for writers to learn from some of the biggest names in the industry and to work with some of the UK’s leading television drama production companies.
Lyra McKee Bursary Scheme 2022 – Closes April 10
A six-month mentoring and bursary scheme for people from under privileged backgrounds to learn investigative journalism.
‘Starting out in Publishing’ Penguin Random House and Creative Access Mentorship – Closed April 25
Aimed at early-career talent from communities underrepresented in publishing, there are 150 mentors available for a virtual programme that will prepare you for a career in the sector.
I Like Networking’s Mentoring Program – Closed April
A mentoring scheme for women and non-binary people, starting from September.
Edinburgh TV Festival The Network – Closes May 10
A digital mentorship for people wishing to enter the TV industry. Includes access to sessions, masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals, as well as a free Festival pass, accommodation in Edinburgh, a year of mentoring and support to find TV jobs.
Stars4Media Training Programme – Closed May 1
Guidance and coaching for ‘media professionals’ with 2 to 10 years of experience. You can claim up to €6,000 in expenses.
Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers Programme – Closed July 31
Open to emerging writers over 18 years of age and living in the UK with no more than three years experience of being published. Ten awards are available, with nine month 1-2-1 mentoring, masterclasses, peer support and bursaries up to £1,500.
Canon Student Development Programme – Closed June 9
An exclusive opportunity where 250 students will be chosen to have their portfolio reviewed by professional photographers.
Climate Tracker – Closed June 16
An opportunity for six journalists worldwide to develop feature stories related to food systems and climate change. Selected candidates will receive training, mentorship and financial support. They will also be asked to cover the Fork to Farm Dialogue event.
TED Fellow – Closed June 30
Applications open for innovators on the rise in their respective fields, from photography to journalism. Successful applicants will deliver their ownTED Talk, with mentorship, PR guidance and media training. You will also be invited to attend a TED conference.
Hearst UK Mentoring Programme – Closed July 25
Encouraging journalists from underrepresented communities to apply for mentorship, gaining insight into the world of media and publishing.
Roundhouse Creative Self Made Accelerator – Closed July 9
A 12-week programme for creatives who run their own business and want to scale it. Mentorship included a chance to apply for various funding revenues.
Youth4Regions – Closed July 12
Training on journalism and EU regional policy for aspiring journalists aged 18-30 years old. There’s an opportunity to participate in European Commission press trips and work with journalists during the EU Regions’ Week.
Newsroom Innovation Mentorship Programme – Closed July 25
A pilot programme ran by Journalism.co.uk helping smaller news publishers with new tools and strategies.
Young Critics 2021 -Closed July 26
A mentorship programme for aspiring film critics and journalists aged 18 – 25, offering experience, skills and networking to young people with a passion for cinema.
GlobalGirl Media UK Mentoring Programme – Closed
An 18-month-long mentoring scheme for women aged 18-25 looking to work in media or communication.
Write-A-Thon, Solutions Journalism Without Borders – Closed August 19
A fully funded scholarship with Solutions Journalism Without Borders to learn the basics about solutions reporting. Includes access to independent workshops and an opportunity to pitch a completed story to the Solution Journalism Network.
UNICEF Youth Mediathon – Closes August
You can apply for a free spot iif you’re aged 16-24. The event includes mentoring, workshops and publishing your work.
Write What’s Next Mentorship – Closed September 8
Free mentoring from a professional writer for emerging talent aged 18-25. Online mentoring and creative writing masterclasses with high profile writers for young Liverpool creatives.
ITV and Creative Access Mentoring Scheme – Closed September 9
Open to individuals from under-represented communities, this 12-month programme helps you break into the TV industry.
Talking Travel Writing Mentoring Scheme – Closed September 10
Mentoring scheme for new or aspiring travel writers to help them find a path in the industry.
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.
John Schofield Trust Early Career Journalist Mentoring Scheme – Closed September 30
Designed for news journalists in the first five years of their career, you’ll be matched with a senior journalist for 12 months.
Arts Emergency Mentorship – Expected To Re-Open September 2022
Free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help 16-25-year-olds pursue a career in the arts and humanities.
Women Photograph Mentorship Program – Closed October 15
A year-long, part-time program for women and non-binary photographers with less than five years of work experience.
You Make It East London Mentor Programme – Closed October 31
A programme worth £5000 that gives access to online workshops, guest talks, weekly mentoring, fortnightly therapy and social activities to empower you to see beyond the limits of lockdown and build your confidence, networks and vision.
Headlines Network – Closed October 31
Free workshops for UK journalists of all career stages, to learn about improving mental health in the media and to support their wellbeing.
The Refugee Journalism Project – Closed November 29
An initiative to help refugees rebuild their professional journalistic careers in the UK.
Tiny Foundation Fellowships for Investigative Journalism – Closed November 30
An opportunity for both skilled and up-and-coming journalists pursuing technology, abuse of power, cyber policy and bringing organisations and Big Tech governments to account. Grants from $5,000 and $20,000 CAD.
Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator – Closed November 30
This year-long program will be online due to COVID. It aims to develop leadership and management skills of women.
Climate Journalism Mentorship for Young Media Professionals – Closed December 1
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.
Women in Journalism Scotland Mentorship Scheme – Closed December 4
Partnered with WIJ, Women in Journalism Scotland has launched a scheme to link eight mentors with young journalists.
WFTV Mentoring Scheme – Closed December 14
For women in creative, craft, business or technical roles with seven years of experience. Get intensive mentoring, seminars and training.
The Aspiring Professionals Programme – Closed December 16
A range of mentorship schemes. There is a specific strand for media and comms for people living in London.
NEON Regional Spokesperson Network – Closed December 8
Provides PR training, coaching and booking support to successful applicants. Four half days training covering messaging, communication and storytelling.
Regional Spokesperson Training – Closed December 8
A 4 day training programme offering coaching and PR booking support for spokespeople from various disciplines, including social, environmental and economic issues.
Vault Festival Emerging Critics Scheme – Closed December 10
Mentoring on your writing, free show tickets, and group sessions from January to March.
The Telegraph Media Literacy Programme – Closed December 10
A programme aimed at sixth form students to learn more about the ins and outs of the journalism world. Sessions will be held online in March 2022.
Women in Journalism 2022 Mentoring Scheme – Closed December 12
Two options are available; a junior scheme for women who entered the media industry between two and five years ago and a senior scheme for women who have worked as journalists for over five years. You have to be a WIJ member to apply.
Women in Journalism Scotland Mentorship Scheme – Closed December 13
Partnered with WIJ, Women in Journalism Scotland has launched a scheme to link eight mentors with young journalists.
The Student Publication Association Mentoring Scheme – Closed January 1
For student journalists and recent graduations looking to break into the industry.
Journo Resources Fellowship – Closed January 1
A paid programme of mentoring and training for those just starting out in their career.
Next Chapter Writing Development Programme – Closed January 4
A four week taught course, plus mentoring for writers in Merseyside, pairing participants with writers from various magazines.
Sustainability Solutions Journalism Fellowship – Closed January 7
A scheme selecting Fellows to create powerful sustainability stories based in their country or region while receiving bespoke training and coaching. Includes a personal stipend of $165 US per month. Applicants must be 18 – 35 years old and have at least 1 year of professional journalism experience.
Media Trust Creativity Works Training Programme – Closed February 19
A ten-week programme including one-on-one mentoring for those ages 18-24 from London who is not in education, training, or employment.
Radio Television Digital News Association Fellowships and Scholarships – Closed February 3
A total of $35,500 USD awards aims to help students and young professionals who plan to pursue digital and broadcast journalism careers. Successful applicants will also be invited to attend the RTDNA conference.
Grierson DocLab 2022 – Closed February 11
A training scheme supporting new entrants into factual TV and documentary filmmaking. Two specialist schemes are on offer; the Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing; and Grierson DocLab In Focus: Production Management.
Local News Mentorship Programme – Closed February 14
A paid mentorship scheme run by our friends at Journalism.co.uk, United Robots AB and Utopia Analytics. Successful applicants will be paired with experienced professional journalists, both local and regional, to develop storytelling skills on a local level.