If the applicant is shortlisted for a place at the online conference, we will ask for evidence of eligibility by submitting Supporting Documents (identity, age, student or graduate status and English language ability) and a reference letter. Please see the below guidance on the Supporting Documents. The applicant will have one week to provide the supporting documents to secure your place.
Age confirmation: A copy of the applicant’s identification, e.g. passport, driving licence
Student/graduate status: University enrolment form, showing that applicant is a current student, or a letter on headed paper stating the same
If the applicant is a graduate, a copy of your graduation certificate showing that they completed a course after 1 July 2019.
Reference letter: We will require a professional reference which attests to the applicants skills and abilities as a journalist. This should be completed by someone who knows the applicant and is familiar with the applicant’s work. This could be:
- A editor or line manager
- Teacher or lecturer
- Past employer
It should NOT be a friend or family member.
Where possible, references should be on company headed paper.
There is no limit to the length of the reference letter, but we recommend that one A4 page is typically sufficient. References MUST be in English.
English language ability
If the applicant stated that they have an English language qualification e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, they will have to provide a copy of the qualification certificate, showing their score and date of test.
If they do not have a qualification certificate someone from the British Council will contact the applicant to assess their English level.