The Journalism Diversity Fund could help with the costs of your NCTJ training

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How can the Journalism Diversity Fund help you?

The Journalism Diversity Fund awards bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training. Bursaries are awarded four times per year and can help cover the costs of NCTJ course fees and/or living expenses. Recipients will also be paired with a working journalist to mentor them throughout their studies.

Supported by those in the industry who want to make newsrooms better reflect the communities they serve, applications are open to individuals with the potential to succeed in one of the most exciting and rewarding careers around.

What does diversity mean?

Journalism is a typically white, middle class profession, which needs to change. If you feel you could bring something different to a newsroom - such as your social background, life experiences or ethnicity - then we want to hear from you.

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If you are passionate about journalism, could bring diversity to journalism and can't financially support yourself through journalism training, the Journalism Diversity Fund is for you.

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Our sponsors

We are an industry supported fund, and wouldn't be able to award bursaries without the generous donations of our sponsors. Want to become a sponsor? Email [email protected] to find out how you can help.

Specialist journalism bursaries

Each year, two specialist bursaries are awarded to successful Journalism Diversity Fund recipients in honour of two brilliant journalists. Specialist bursaries also on offer from sponsor the Aziz Foundation.

Claire Prosser bursary

The Claire Prosser bursary is awarded each year to an applicant who has been awarded funding from the Journalism Diversity Fund and has indicated a preference for a career as a broadcast or digital journalist.

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Thomas Read bursary

The Thomas Read bursary is awarded each year to an applicant who has been awarded funding from the Journalism Diversity Fund and has a long-term illness, health problem or disability.

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The Aziz Foundation bursary

Bursaries are available through our sponsor the Aziz Foundation for recipients who identify as British Muslim. Successful applicants will gain additional networking and insight opportunities.

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Work with the JDF

Interested in offering a specialist bursary for Journalism Diversity Fund recipients? Get in touch with us to enquire.

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