Deadline: February 28, 2017 | Apply here
Dates: July 6-7, 2017
Eligibility: The programme is open to undergraduate students aged 18-25 of any discipline and to those who have graduated within the last year. Applicants can come from any region of the world and must speak English at IELTS 6.5.
Location: Edinburgh, The United Kingdom

Future News Worldwide 2017

Future News Worldwide is a unique partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations. It aims to assist 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.

Underlying this, the programme will help build strong and lasting connections to the next generation of media leaders across the globe.


The programme centres around a 2-day annual conference which will take place at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, on 6th and 7th July 2017. With English as the working language, the conference offers aspiring young journalists from across the world the opportunity to develop practical and editorial skills and hear directly from some of the world’s most high-profile industry leaders.

Post-conference, a year-round global alumni network will support attendees to engage with one another, implement their learning and continue their professional development.

The conference is fully funded, with the British Council covering the following costs for successful delegates:

  • Conference costs
  • Travel to and from Edinburgh (including visas if applicable)
  • Meals and accommodation

How to apply

All applicants must complete an online form designed to test their passion, enthusiasm and journalistic skills. The form has been designed to allow applicants to respond in whichever media format suits them best; written, video, audio or still image.

Applications will be assessed by representatives from the Future News Worldwide partnership and successful delegates will be awarded a place at the conference.

All applicants must complete an online application form. The form is composed of contact details and eligibility questions, followed by two questions designed to test your journalistic skills and interests.

Question 1: Provide a personal statement on your motivation for applying for a place at Future News Worldwide 2017.

You should refer to the following in your answer:

  • Why you want to attend Future News Worldwide 2017
  • How you think you will benefit from Future News Worldwide 2017
  • How you will use this experience once you return home
  • Why you are passionate about journalism
  • Your personal/professional activities, interests, skills and experience

Limit: 500 words (written articles) OR 2 minutes (multi-media responses)

Question 2: Provide a reportage on a subject of your choice about your home country or country of residence.

The topic may be political, environmental, technological or social. Please specify in your response which of these topics you are addressing.

Limit: 800 words (written articles) OR 3 minutes (multi-media responses)

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