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Deadlines revealed for diversity fund applications

Would-be journalists from diverse backgrounds are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding to cover the costs of NCTJ course fees and living expenses.

Bursaries from the NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund are awarded four times a year in line with accredited course start dates.

The first deadline for this year’s applications has now been confirmed as 5pm on Wednesday, 1 May 2024, with further deadlines on 19 June, 31 July and 6 November.

As well as the financial support, successful applicants are also paired with a working journalist to mentor them during their studies.

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Nikki Akinola, senior diversity and inclusion co-ordinator at the NCTJ, said: “We are committed to opening doors in journalism, removing barriers to entry for aspiring journalists who want to break into the industry and can bring diversity to the newsroom.

“If you are in financial need, don’t suffer in silence – I encourage you to apply for a bursary this year to start your journalism journey.”

Louise Hastings, managing editor at Sky News, added: “The JDF is all about making a difference, supporting new journalists into the industry and helping newsrooms better reflect the UK today.”

The JDF has awarded more than 550 bursaries since it was launched in 2005 and is open to people studying for the Diploma in Journalism either as a standalone qualification or as part of a Master’s degree course.

Applicants can apply to the fund more than once, which means people who are initially unsuccessful are welcome to reapply.

More information about the JDF can be found here.