British Council Future News Worldwide 2018 (Fully Funded) | Diplomacy Opportunities

British Council Future News Worldwide
British Council Future News Worldwide
British Council Future News Worldwide

Future News Worldwide is a unique partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organizations. 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.


The programme centres around a 2-day conference which takes place annually at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. With English as the working language, the conference offers aspiring young journalists from across the globe the opportunity to develop practical and editorial skills and hear directly from some of the world’s most high-profile industry leaders.The 2018 conference will be held on 5 and 6 July 2018.

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

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If you’re a student who’s passionate about journalism, whether you’re a writer, blogger, vlogger, photographer, radio journalist or work in any other kind of media you can apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2018 as long as you meet the eligibility requirements below.

To apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2018 you must be:

  • Aged 18-25 on 1 July 2018
  • A registered student, enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (of any subject) at a university or higher education institution
  • 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 a previous iteration of Future News Worldwide or Future NEWS
  • Dedicated to a career in journalism, in any form
  • Available to travel to and from the UK on any date between 2 – 8 July 2018

PLEASE NOTE: if you are shortlisted for a place at the conference you will be required to provide evidence of eligibility (identity, age, student status and English language ability).

Application questions

You can apply to attend the conference by completing the 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. You can read these two questions below and prepare your answers before starting the online application.

We recognise that quality journalism comes in many forms, and we encourage you to use multimedia in your responses to these questions. If you wish to give your answer as a written article you should use the space provided. If you wish to respond in multimedia format (such as video or podcast) please upload your file to a hosting site (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud) and provide a link in this space.

All answers will be judged equally regardless of format.

Please note it is not possible to save your work whilst completing the form, so we recommend composing your answers to these questions offline then copy and pasting into the form.

Application form

All answers must be submitted via the online application form. If you experience any technical difficulties please contact

Important! Please ensure you read and understand the Terms and Conditions and Competition Rules (below) before starting your application.


Applications close: 23:59 (GMT) 28 February 2018.

Note: Students based in Thailand should not apply using this form. Please contact for information on how to apply and visit  for information on how to apply.

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