Applications are open for the core Grierson DocLab scheme for 2022

Applications are open for the core Grierson DocLab scheme for 2022
Find out more and apply by 11 February 2022..

Celebrating its 10th anniversary year, The Grierson Trust's 2022 Grierson DocLab training scheme is now open for applications.

This year 12 participants aged between 18 – 25 will be welcomed onto the scheme which supports young people in becoming ‘job ready’ for roles in factual TV and documentary filmmaking. Established in 2012, 110 young people have been selected for Grierson DocLab and gone on to work across the TV industry with continued support from The Grierson Trust.

Jane Callaghan, Managing Director of The Grierson Trust said: "Grierson DocLab sets the standard for industry training, seeking out aspiring young factual new entrants who wouldn't normally manage to get their foot through the door. With training lead by industry professionals and practical bursary-supported work placements with the UK’s leading independent production companies, our trainees get the best possible introduction to the world of factual programme making, going on to jobs across the industry from nature documentaries to reality TV, short-form content to feature docs and everything in between."

The Grierson Trust is looking for applicants who have ideas about how they can contribute to the industry, and who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes. This opportunity is for new entrants and supports a variety of entry level roles behind the camera. From learning about documentary genres and the UK TV industry landscape through to pitching a factual TV concept, this is a chance to turn a documentary and factual TV passion into a tangible career.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 11 February 2022. Find further details and the online application form.

Grierson DocLab's track record

The Trust has an established track record of supporting under-represented groups in the factual TV industry, with previous schemes supporting:

  1. Gender: 64% female; 33% male and 3% non-binary
  2. Cultural diversity: 60% of trainees describe themselves as coming from diverse backgrounds
  3. Disability: 16% of trainees describe themselves as being disabled
  4. Outside of London: 64% of trainees are from outside of London.

On the cusp of its 10th anniversary, DocLab has enabled 110 young people to pursue their love of the factual genre. The scheme continues to go from strength to strength with alumni working and becoming established in the industry as producers, development APs, researchers, directors, casting researchers and more.

Grierson DocLab Alumni

In 2021, four Grierson DocLab Alumni were on Grierson Award shortlists including Poppy Goodheart (2013) who produced Best Science winner Locked In: Breaking the Silence as well as making her directorial debut on Channel 4’s First Cut scheme with The Boy Who Can’t Stop Dancing. Elsewhere, Ben McGeorge-Henderson (2015) was one of the producers of the BBC One documentary, Why Is Covid Killing People of Colour?; Michael Jenkins (2012) was selected for The TV Collective’s Breakthrough Leaders; and Dhelia Snoussi (2019) was selected for the ICA New Creatives scheme. Further afield, Indya Saunders (2015) worked on Brinkworth’s Accused: Guilty or Innocent for A&E Networks and Eden Gilby (2015) spent four challenging winter months working on Rare TV’s series Ice Airport Alaska.

Grierson Awards 2021 photos

Philippa Perry presenting to Poppy Goodheart, Colette Hodges. Jane Zurakowski, Scott Blanch, Iris Maor, Xavier Alford and Sacha Mirzoeff for their film, Locked In: Breaking the Silence, winner of The Open University Best Science Documentary award for 2021.



The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 11 February 2022. Find further details and the online application form.


Other Grierson DocLab schemes and our supporters

More information about the next Netflix-supported Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing and Production Management schemes will be published in the summer of 2022.

The core Grierson DocLab scheme is generously supported partners, Blueberry Creatives, Clear Cut Pictures, Talented People, The Talent Manager and The Kit Room, as well as a host of independent production companies, including Minnow Films and Dragonfly TV, who are already on board for 2022.

Logos of 2022 DocLab supporters: Dragonfly TV, Minnow Films, Blueberry Creatives, Clear Cut Pictures, Talented People, The Talent Manager and The Kit Room

To find out more about becoming a supporter, please get in touch.

Published: 14 December 2021

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