Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary

We are delighted to announce that we will be offering the Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary.

Applications for the 2019 bursary scheme are now closed, but we will be opening the 2020 bursary scheme this winter. Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed.

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, by providing them with support to attend the forthcoming CIJ Summer Conference on the 4th-6th July 2019.

We knew Lyra personally at the CIJ. She attended #CIJSummer Conferences and trainings 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.

We especially welcome applications from sixth form students, people of colour, people from poorer backgrounds, people with disabilities, carers or anyone who cannot afford to pay for the #CIJSummer training. It is open to UK and republic of Ireland residents only. 

The bursary scheme is funded by the Lorana Sullivan Foundation. The exact number of bursaries will be determined by the individual needs of the applicants. Please read the application notes below.

Application DEADLINE Sun 2 June.


Please apply here.


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.

In the media: 

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.