Fully Funded BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for African Journalists

Fully Funded BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for African Journalists

Applications are now open for the 2024 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Komla Dumor was a journalist of Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity. It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.

The BBC News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

Programme Details

  • The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2024  and running for three months. 

  • Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner will produce an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world.  They will be supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy.


    To apply for this prestigious award, you must be currently living and working as a journalist in Africa.

    You must also have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent journalism skills, including in digital
    and social media.

  • Broadcasting experience is preferable.

  • An excellent broadcasting personality, voice and strong presenting skills with the ability to perform at the microphone and in front of the camera with flair.

  • The ability to identify and pitch a strong original African story idea, aligned to the BBC editorial guidelines http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/

  • Wide and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the African continent, including politics, business, culture, history and sport.

  • Fluency in English as a first or equivalent language.


  • The BBC will pay for the winner’s flights to and from the UK and for their visa. 

  • BBC will also arrange and pay for the winner’s accommodation in London during their placement. 

  • The winner will receive a £7000 allowance during the three months in London (tax and deductions will be made as appropriate).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for African Journalists

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