Accepts entries starting September 1, 2015
Entry Deadline September 28, 2015
Decision Date
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Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Richard Beeston Bursay was designed to address Richard’s passionate belief that good journalists are not forged in the classroom or the newsroom, but in the field. He loved to mentor aspiring young foreign correspondents and to give them the opportunity to develop their reporting and writing skills by working on a fast-breaking news story. He cared deeply about the Middle East, and the fact that the Iraqi and Israeli ambassadors sat side by side at his memorial service is testament to the even-handed nature of his reporting.

Notable Winners


Natasha Fairweather
Suzy Jagger
Anthony Loyd
Ben Macintyre
Roland Watson

Monetary/Material Award Details

£6,000 is for an aspiring foreign correspondent to spend six weeks abroad, researching and reporting on a foreign news story for The Times.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should have at least two years journalistic experience, be under the age of 30 and have a professional command of English.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Applications should include:
• A detailed outline of the proposed destination of travel and the broad nature of the story on which you are intending to report and write
• Or an explanation of why you would benefit from this fellowship, which seeks to encourage dialogue between journalists in Britain and the Middle East
• A brief CV
• A journalistic referee
• Five samples of published press journalism, excluding blogs.
• Applications should be made by email attachment for the attention of Natasha Fairweather at [email protected]
• The judges reserve the right to request further information at a later stage of the application.

Entry Format

The winners will need to undertake the travel or fellowship between November 2014 and September 2015. Each award will be made in two payments. The Times foreign desk will host the incoming fellow and mentor the travelling foreign correspondent.

Applications should be made by email attachment for the attention of Natasha Fairweather at [email protected]

Contact Information

Natasha Fairweather [email protected]

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