Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary

It is with great sadness that we have to annouce the postponement of the #CIJLyraMcKee Bursary scheme 2020.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we have been forced to cancel the #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2020. As the #CIJLyraMcKee bursary recipients were to attend and train at this conference 2020, the bursary has also had to be postponed until 2021.

Everyone who applied will be contacted directly.

About the bursary: 

We are delighted to announce that we will be offering the Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary for everyone who wants to attend #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2020 on 25-27 June in London, but cannot do it for financial reasons.

Applications for the 2020 bursary scheme are now OPEN. You can apply here. 
Application deadline: Sun 19 April 2020.
LyraMcKee Bursary flyer.

The aim of this bursary scheme is to train people from underprivileged backgrounds, who aspire to become journalists or who are journalists at the very early stages of their career.

We knew Lyra personally at the CIJ. She attended #CIJSummer Conferences and training in London and Dublin.

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.

It was launched last year with 11 people attending #CIJSummer Conference 2019.

The bursary scheme is funded by the Lorana Sullivan Foundation and the Lyra McKee Foundation.

We especially welcome applications from people of colour, people from poorer backgrounds, 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 UK and republic of Ireland residents only. Applicants must be 18 years old.

CIJ Lyra Mckee Bursary Scheme Facts and Figures 2019

While we have a funder for this year's bursary scheme, if you want to make a donation and support it, all the money raised will go towards bursaries and will enable us to offer more places to candidates. Please donate here.


Lyra McKee bursary recipients with Lyra's sister Nichola Croner and CIJ Director James Harkin. At #CIJSummer Conference 2019.


"I had previously I'd thought that being an investigative journalism was a far off dream career that I didn't really understand or know how to pursue. [...] I felt encouraged by the feeling of belonging to a collective of people who all had the shared belief and desire to hold power to account." Bursary recipient 2019.

The experience blew my mind!” Bursary recipient 2019.



#CIJLyraMcKee in the media:

BBC Radio Humberside (Hull). David Burns Show. (from 2hrs 24mins in). 25 February 2020.

BBC Radio Humberside (Hull). No-Filter with Kofi Smiles. (From 1hr 2mins in). 17 February 2020.

CIJ Director James Harkin speaks to NVTV, local TV for Belfast, The Round-Up Programme. 11 February 2020.

Bursary for Young Journalists will Keep Lyra McKee's Memory Alive, Says Sister. By David Young for Belfast Telegraph. 6 February 2020. (Paywall).

Centre for Investigative Journalism sets up training bursary in honour of Lyra McKee by Press Gazette. 20 May 2019.

New training bursary to support young investigative journalists launched in memory of Lyra McKee by 21 May 2019.

Here is how to make the media fit for modern Britain. By Roy Greenslade for the Guardian. 7 July 2019.