Financial Times Graduate Trainee Programme 2016

Financial Times Graduate Trainee Programme 2016

Deadline: January 17, 2016

The Financial Times Editorial department is opening its doors to four outstanding new trainees in 2016. The FT graduate trainee programme is designed to recruit and train entry-level journalists – developing talented individuals who have the aptitude to forge a career in a fast-paced global editorial team. Alumni of this scheme are well represented in the senior staff of the FT and news organisations around the world.

Training Schemes

This year, they are running two trainee schemes. You may only apply for one of the following options:

  1. * News reporter – applicants who have strong research and writing skills and a demonstrable interest in journalism.
  2. *Data journalist – applicants who have skills in a relevant field such as information design, statistics, cartography or web development and a demonstrable interest in applying these to journalism – i.e. telling a story through data.

NOTE: The Graduate Trainee Programme is not an internship or fellowship: it is a full-time entry-level contract as a Financial Times journalist.


Graduate trainees join the FT on a one-year contract, extended for up to a further year at the discretion of the company. Successful trainees are encouraged to apply for staff positions that become available towards the end of this time.


  • Applicants in their final year of studies, recent graduates or post-graduates in any discipline may apply.
  • Anyone who can demonstrate the requisite skills to fulfil the criteria for the scheme may also apply.
  • This scheme is not for professional journalists or anyone who has started training courses with other media organisations.
  • All applicants must show that they can meet the challenge of working for one of the world’s top news organisations. That means a strong commitment to serious journalism, a competitive instinct, good academic qualifications and wide interests, particularly in global politics, economics and business.
  • Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage.
  • International applications are encouraged. Visas may be a consideration for applicants who are not EU citizens or do not hold UK work authorisation. As such, please provide any relevant information that might support your application in this respect.

The Financial Times welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, or have any other questions, please contact

How to Apply

  • Please complete the online application form.
  • Applications must be submitted before 23:59 GMT on 17 January 2016.
  • If you have a query relating to the scheme please email


For more information, visit FT Graduate Trainee Programme.