Sixteen applicants have been invited for interview and will be questioned by a panel of editors on Friday 23 August.
The interviewees will be asked various questions about their passion for journalism, financial need and diversity.
Successful interviewees will be awarded a bursary to cover the cost of their journalism training. A contribution towards travel or living expenses may also be awarded depending on financial need.
Applications for cohort four are now open. The closing date for applications is 06 November 2013.
The full shortlist is as follows: