Press Association bursary scheme

The 2016 scheme now open for applications until April 5, 2016.

Press AssociationThe Press Association is running a bursary scheme to enable more people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists.

This scheme aims to encourage a greater intake from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds and is supported by the Journalism Diversity Fund.

We will aim to select two successful candidates each year.


What will it include?

:: A place on PA’s NCTJ-accredited training course in London

:: A bursary to cover living expenses whilst studying for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

:: A two-year training scheme either in the Press Association newsroom or with the sports desk on a full trainee salary


:: Excellent training to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to operate successfully in the newsroom

:: The gold-standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

:: If successful, a chance to secure a permanent role at PA

:: On-the-job experience and an industry-standard qualification at the UK’s leading news agency


:: Must be from a minority ethnic group or be able to prove financial disadvantage which would make it difficult for you to enter the profession otherwise

:: Must be able to work in the UK legally

:: You will have had substantial paid or unpaid work experience in journalism and built up your portfolio of writing

:: Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to securing a career in journalism

Key dates:

:: Applications open February 15, 2016

:: Applications close April 5, 2016

:: First interviews mid April 2016

:: Second interviews end May 2016

:: Offers by early June 2016

:: One day induction before course starts

:: Course begins on August 22

:: Finishes December 16

:: Training contracts to begin January 3, 2017

:: Contracts to end December 31, 2018

:: Final exams autumn 2018

It will be a two-stage process: stage one is the first interview and diploma course tests followed by a second interview.

The 2016 scheme is now open for applications until April, 2016. To apply, complete the application form available from the Press Association website here