Editorial Graduate Scheme

The Financial Times 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 other news organisations around the world.

We are updating the programme for 2018. We will open for applications in January 2018 for a programme commencing in September 2018.

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.

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


Applicants in their final year of studies, recent graduates or post-graduates in any discipline may apply. Or, anyone who can demonstrate the requisite skills to fulfil the criteria for the scheme. This scheme is not for professional journalists or anyone who has started training courses with other media organisations.

We encourage international applications. 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.

If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, or have any other questions, please contact graduate.journalist@ft.com.

If you have a query relating to the scheme please email graduate.journalist@ft.com.

Equal Opportunities

The Financial Times welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We employ people solely on the basis of their abilities.

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