How To Apply For Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2022

Last Updated on July 11, 2022

Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award

Thomson Foundation is celebrating 60 years of promoting excellence in journalism and to mark the occasion, they are offering six rising stars the chance to connect with six of the best journalists in the industry as part of their prestigious Young Journalist Award 2022.

This year’s award will be extra special for another reason, too. It will be the first time in two years that three finalists will be able to attend the glittering ceremony in London in person. The pandemic of the past two years has meant finalists could only attend virtually.

For their 60th anniversary, there’s an added bonus which they are calling ‘Connect 6’. To mark six decades of the foundation, the three finalists as well as the next three highest in their shortlist will have the opportunity to be mentored for six months by six established journalists from their alumni.


  • The three Young Journalist Award finalists will automatically qualify for a mentorship programme. The additional three will be selected from the shortlist of 12 to join them as part of the Foundation’s ongoing investment into ethical, independent and trusted journalism.
  • If you are one of the selected six, you’ll be provided with a unique package of support and paired with an established journalist matched to your region from an extensive alumni network. You’ll learn from them how their exclusives and investigations have changed the world, and how yours can too.
  • In addition, all 12 journalists in the shortlist will be given space on the Foundation’s website and social media channels and receive a certificate from Thomson Foundation commending them on the high standard of their work.


  • Open to journalists aged 30 or under from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000.
  • Entries can be in any language but should be accompanied by a verbatim English-language translation.
  • Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant’s current editor, on headed company notepaper verifying that it is the published work of the entrant. Where an entrant is freelance, or self-employed, verification can be provided by an editor from one of the publications/websites/broadcasters where the work appeared, or by a journalism academic familiar with the work of the entrant.
  • Entrants should provide an explanation of any collaboration undertaken with colleagues or external organisations on the stories that they have submitted.
  • Checks will be made for plagiarism and any entrant found to have submitted work which is not their own will be automatically disqualified.


Those who meet the criteria are welcome to submit a portfolio of three published pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions, which is 12 August, 2022. They can be in any medium — print, audio, video or multimedia.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Young Journalist Award.

Deadline: August 12, 2022

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