Richard Beeston Bursary

Applications are invited for RICHARD BEESTON
Offered in association with The Times Newspaper

This award of £6,000 is for an aspiring British or UK-based foreign correspondent to spend six weeks abroad, researching and reporting on a foreign news story, in association with The Times newspaper. A further award of £6,000 is available to a young journalist based in Israel, Lebanon or the Palestinian territories to undertake a six week fellowship on The Times foreign desk in London. Applicants should have at least two years journalistic experience, be under the age of thirty on the application closing date and have a professional command of English.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

For outward bound applicants: a detailed outline of the proposed destination of travel and the broad nature of the story which you are intending to report on;
For incoming applicants: an explanation of why you would benefit from this fellowship which seeks to encourage dialogue between Britain and the Middle East.

For all applicants:

A brief CV.

Five samples of published press journalism, excluding blogs.

A journalistic referee.

A scan of your passport.

The Judges reserve the right to request further information at a later stage of the application process.

Applications should be submitted by
9.00am on Monday 19th September 2016
by email attachment for the attention of Natasha Fairweather at


  • Dick & Hazel Beeston
  • Fiona Beeston & Jean-Jacques Guilbaud
  • Jennifer & Julian Browne
  • Kate & Robin Browne
  • Simon Bryan
  • Sarah & Patrick Campbell-Jones
  • Catherine Eccles
  • Marianne & Fred Emery
  • Rosie & Peter Joy
  • Cathra & Adam Kelliher
  • Amy Kellogg
  • Stephen Lambert & Jenni Russell
  • Gerard & Katrin Legrain
  • Kate & Charles Llewellyn
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Elisabeth Murdoch
  • News UK
  • Amy & Alex Richards
  • Linda Shaughnessy


  • Natasha Fairweather
  • Suzy Jagger
  • Anthony Loyd
  • Ben Macintyre
  • Roland Watson

Advisory Committee

  • Nomi Bar-Yaacov
  • James Harding
  • David Horovitz
  • Roula Khalaf
  • Sam Kiley
  • Jon Snow
richard beeston journalist bursary

Richard Beeston, the distinguished and much-loved foreign editor of The Times, died of cancer in 2013 soon after his 50th birthday. After a short stint as an apprentice reporter on Johannesburg's Financial Mail and the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Richard moved to Beirut at the height of the civil war in 1984, aged just 21, to work for The Daily Star. Thus began a life-long fascination with Lebanon, and the Middle East in general. Forced back to London by the spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists, Richard joined The Times in 1986 and was to work for the paper for the rest of his life. As the fireman on the foreign desk, Richard carried his passport - bristling with visas for warzones - with him at all times. He was one of the first reporters into Halabja, in Kurdistan, in 1988 after Saddam's gas attack and he covered wars, invasions, revolutions, natural and man-made disasters - and the odd good news story - in the 27 years which followed. He was posted to Jerusalem as The Times's Middle East


Correspondent in 1991, and became the Moscow Bureau Chief in 1994 during the Chechen War. His return to London shortly preceded 9/11 and a decade of reporting from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was to follow. Richard was made Foreign Editor of The Times in 2008, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He travelled to Afghanistan, Israel and Italy in the months running up to his death.

The bursaries being set up in his name are designed to address Richard's passionate belief that good journalists are not forged in 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.

The RB bursaries now also honour the name and memory of Richard “Dick” Beeston senior, a life-long foreign correspondent and Richard’s father, who died on February 19th 2015.

Past Winners Of The Richard Beeston Bursaries

Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle was the 2015 recipient of the outward-bound Richard Beeston Bursary. She is a London-based freelance journalist who writes on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. After graduating from Oxford with a first class honours degree in 2008, she spent nearly four years as a staff writer at the New Statesman, then was based in Pakistan (2012-13) before returning to London where she specialises in long-form reports, and works part-time as an assistant editor at the New Humanist magazine.

In the spring of 2016 Samira travelled to Pakistan and Bangladesh on the RBB to explore the rise of ISIS in South Asia, with a particular focus on the role of women.

"I was thrilled to be selected as the outgoing recipient of the Richard Beeston Bursary in 2015, a prize set up to honour a well-respected and greatly loved journalist. While on the bursary I travelled to all four of Pakistan's main provinces, including a remote outpost in Balochistan. My main project ended up taking the form of two long news pieces, looking respectively at support for ISIS amongst Pakistan's intelligentsia, and at cells of women providing logistical support. In addition to this, I reported on breaking news events and other major stories. I met ISIS sympathisers and counter-terrorism officials in Lahore and Karachi, but also interviewed Christian families affected by the Lahore Easter bomb attack, explored China's economic ambitions in Pakistan, and went on patrol with police in a former militant stronghold. It was an exciting trip, with the high risk work undertaken under the close guidance of The Times' foreign desk. I'd thoroughly recommend this bursary to other young journalists seeking an opportunity to explore a foreign story in depth."

Elhanan Miller

Elhanan Miller

The recipient of the 2015 incoming Richard Beeston Bursary was Jerusalem-born Elhanan Miller.

Fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic and French, Elhanan began his career as a linguist and translator, before becoming a journalist and working as the Arab Affairs correspondent at The Times of Israel. Elhanan's opinion pieces have also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post and he regularly appears as a commentator on Israeli politics for Al-Jazeera, BBC, CTV News Canada and Sky News Arabia. He has participated in interreligious dialogue groups with Palestinians in Jerusalem and interned with Knesset Member Colette Avital (Labour) as a Legacy Heritage fellow. In 2012 he completed research on the political aspects of the Palestinian refugee issue as an Atkin Fellow at Kings College, London.

During his time on The Times foreign desk in early 2016, Elhanan was able to put his language skills to work by travelling to Calais to interview young people in the Jungle Refugee camp.

"The Richard Beeston Bursary has given me a unique opportunity to experience the teeming and professional newsroom of The Times. It allowed me to experience top-notch editing up close for the first time, as well as report on topics I would have never covered back home in Jerusalem, such as the refugee crisis in Europe and the plight of the Yazidi minority at the hands of ISIS in northern Iraq. I am deeply grateful to the Richard Beeston Bursary for advancing my skills as a journalist."

Ayman Oghanna

Ayman Oghanna

The 2014 recipient of the outward-bound Richard Beeston Bursary was London-born Ayman Oghanna. Half-British, half-Iraqi, Ayman is a multi-media journalist who specialises in the Middle East. After earning an M.A. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the University of St Andrews, he studied journalism at Columbia University in New York. Since beginning work as a journalist in 2009 Ayman’s stories, photographs and videos have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Newsweek, National Geographic, VICE and Al Jazeera America. While on the RB Bursary in the spring of 2015, he reported from Baghdad and Ramadi.

Abeer Ayyoub

Abeer Ayyoub

The 2014 winner of the incoming Richard Beeston Bursary was 28 year old Abeer Ayyoub from Gaza City. Having received a BA in English literature from The Islamic University of Gaza in 2010, she began her career as a human rights consultant at Human Rights Watch the following year. Since 2012 she has been working as a journalist, based in Gaza, for Haaretz newspaper, Al-Monitor and freelancing for other international media outlets including The Guardian and The Mirror. She has been working part-time as a researcher for GISHA, the Legal Centre for (Palestinian) Freedom of Movement an Israeli NGO, and studying Hebrew as well as working towards a master's degree in International Relations.

Abeer had nine pieces published in The Times during her internship in the spring of 2015 and she has continued to write for the paper now that she is back in Gaza.