Grierson DocLab is a national training scheme that helps new entrants, aged 18-25, thrive in the world of factual and documentary programme-making. We welcome applications from individuals interested in a variety of roles from production management, being a researcher, doing development work, directing, and much more. 

The scheme takes place over the course of one year and is made up of a six-day residential training programme, an industry pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest, a Shoot/Edit weekend residential, attending The Grierson Awards in November, a bursary-supported two or four-week placement at a production company, mentoring, networking and one-day training opportunities too.

The residential programme will include:

  • An overview of different documentary genres, their grammar and conventions
  • A look at how you find and develop ideas
  • A look at how broadcast commissioning works
  • Exploring the variety of routes into the industry
  • Practical exercises to hone your pitching skills
  • Discussions about digital platforms, branded content, feature docs, and other ways to develop your career
  • Talks from guest industry speakers including Grierson DocLab alumni about how they have got on since being on the scheme

You don't need to have a degree and the industry needs individuals from a variety of backgrounds and interests.  It is not just for those who have studied film/TV/media studies.  The scheme is supported by The Rank Foundation and Netflix, the latter whom will be providing 2 x 3month paid placements with production companies they are working with.For details about criteria, schedule and how to apply go to: closing date for applications is Friday 20 March 2020, 5pmFor queries or questions not answered in the FAQs contact: