Application Deadline: 14 February 2023 at 23:59 GMT

The BBC is receiving applications for the 8th edition of its Komla Dumor Award. The award was established since 2015 to honour the 41 year old Ghanaian journalist, Komla Dumor who died suddenly in 18 February, 2014 in his home in London. Komla at the time of his death was an exceptional broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News.  His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award recognises an outstanding journalist 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. The Award seeks to uncover and promote a rising African journalist who will spend three months at the BBC Headquarters in London to gain skills and experience.   


You must be currently living and working as a journalist in Africa with the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent journalism skills, including in digital and social media.
  • Broadcasting experience is preferable.
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong presenting skills with the ability to perform at the microphone with flair.
  • The ability to identify and pitch a strong original African story idea, aligned to the BBC editorial guidelines
  • 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.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide a CV (maximum two pages) / complete a careers hub profile.
  • You must hold or be able to obtain a valid passport
  • You must not be a current or former member of BBC staff.
  • If successful, your employer must be willing to release you for three months from September 2023 for you to travel on your own to take up your placement in London.
  • The visa requires that you hold a degree or are studying towards a degree equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
  • References, proof of employment, birth certificate, passport, an appropriate UK visa and proof of level of English will be required from shortlisted candidates.

Costs covered:

  • Accommodation in London.
  • Travel to and from your home. 


  • You will have a three months once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2023. 
  • You will work with teams across BBC News
  • You will produce an African story for the BBC and have your story and voice shared across the continent and the world. 
  • You will be supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy.
  • You will receive a stipend.

 To learn more about the program visit the BBC website

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