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The Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) Lyra McKee Bursary Scheme 2024

Application Deadline: 1 April 2024 at 23:59

The #CIJLyraMcKee Bursary Scheme was established in memory of the young and courageous Northern Irish investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by dissident republicans in Derry in April 2019.

The aim of this five-month bursary scheme is to train and mentor people from underrepresented backgrounds, who aspire to become journalists or who are at the very early stages of their journalism career.

The Lyra McKee Journalism Training Bursary was inspired by Lyra’s determination to become an investigative journalist despite personal disability, the need to care for her disabled mother, as well as fighting the in-built bias against working-class entrants to journalism.

Launched in 2019, this will be our fifth intake (the 2020 bursary scheme was postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic).

Program Details

  • It is not just a paid-for training.
  • The #CIJLyra McKee Bursary Scheme is a five-month programme which incorporates training at #CIJSummer Conference 2024 and online, as well as a mentoring programme with regular meetings.
  • It builds towards a Pitch to the Editors session, where the trainees will pitch stories to the working UK editors.


  • CIJ especially welcome applications from people from poorer backgrounds, people of colour, people with disabilities, carers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Travellers and anyone who cannot afford to pay for the #CIJSummer training.
  • It is open to the UK and the Republic of Ireland residents only. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


  • The bursary covers training and mentoring, as well as, depending on the trainees’ needs, travel and accommodation in London to attend the #CIJSummer Conference 2024.


  • Application opens: 29 January 2024
  • Application deadline: 1 April 2024 at 23:59
  • Offers to successful applicants made by: 1 May 2024
  • Programme starts: Mid May 2024
  • #CIJSummer Conference 2024: 3-4 July 2024
  • ‘Pitch to the Editors’ Day: September 2024
  • Programme ends: September 2024

More Info: CIJ Lyra McKee Bursary Scheme



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