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CIJ Lyra McKee Investigative Training Bursary Scheme

Apply by 04/04/21

IN MEMORY of Lyra McKee - the young investigative journalist shot dead in 2019 while covering rioting in Derry, Northern Ireland - there is now the CIJ Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme.

Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee

The scheme funds aspiring or entry-level journalists for six months to attend the Centre for Investigative Journalism's (CIJ's) online summer school this year. It follows this up by regular meetings with guest speakers who are summer school and CIJ alumni, in a programme lasting eight months. HuffPost UK's Emma Youle and OpenDemocracy's Jenna Corderoy have just joined the scheme as mentors.

The scheme is "inspired by Lyra's determination to become an investigative journalist". She pursued this while overcoming disability and alongside her commitments as a carer to her mother - and overcame bias against working-class entrants to the profession.

So the scheme particularly welcomes "applicants from poorer backgrounds, people of colour, people with disabilities, carers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, travellers" and anybody who can't afford to go on the CIJ Summer School.

The deadline for applications is 4 April 2021 and it's open to all UK and Republic of Ireland residents aged 18 and over. Details of how to apply are here. This year's CIJ summer school is on 5-8 July, held online.