British Council’s Future News Worldwide Conference 2020 in London (Fully Funded)

DATE OF THE CONFERENCE – July 14 – 15, 2020

VENUE OF THE CONFERENCE – Sky Global Headquarters, London, UK


The aim is to support young people to develop a wide range of journalism skills and to establish the UK as a global leader in the nurturing of young journalists and media figures. It identifies, trains and connects the next generation of global journalists.


Applications are welcome from anywhere in the world. It is open for students or recent graduates who are passionate about journalism. Whether a writer, blogger, vlogger, photographer, radio journalist or work in any other kind of media applicants can apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2020 as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Are you the future of journalism? Apply now!


  • To apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2020 applicants must:
    • Be aged 18-25 on July 1, 2020
    • Be a registered student, enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (of any subject) at a university or higher education institution or have graduated from a degree course after 1 July 2018
    • Be a native speaker of English OR be able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (a formal qualification is not required, just the ability to speak at this level)
    • Not have participated in Future News Worldwide or Future News before
    • Be dedicated to a career in journalism, in any form
    • Be available to travel to and from the UK on any date between July 11-16, 2020
  • Please note that, if any applicant is shortlisted for a place at the conference then he/she will be required to provide evidence of eligibility (identity, age, student status and English language ability).
  • People of all regions are eligible


  • Before starting the application, have the following documents to hand:
    • Professional reference from applicant’s editor, manager, teacher or past employer;
    • English language qualification certificate (if applicants have one).
  • The online application form includes two questions designed to test an applicant’s journalistic skills and interests. Read these two questions on the official website and prepare answers before starting the online application.
  • It is not possible to save the work whilst completing the form, so it is recommended that applicants compose their answers to these questions offline, then copy and paste them into the form.
  • The organization recognizes that quality journalism comes in many formats, and they encourage applicants to use multimedia in their responses to these questions. If applicants wish to give their answer as a written article they should use the space provided. If they wish to respond in multimedia format (such as video or podcast) please upload the file to a hosting site (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud) and provide a link in the space.
  • All answers will be judged equally regardless of format.
  • The application process is different for students based in Thailand. Please check the official link for more details.




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