How does the application process work? 

The application process has two stages. The first is a written application form that will ask you about yourself, your experience, why you want to come to campaign bootcamp and couple of short questions to help us understand your potential as a campaigner. If we think you're a good match for Bootcamp we'll invite you to a Skype or phone interview.

The interview will be about 30 minutes long and will be with two Bootcamp staff members or graduates. We'll ask you more about yourself and what you want to do with the skills you'll learn at Bootcamp. If you submit an application form but are not invited to interview we will send you written feedback. If you are invited to interview but are not successful this time around, we will arrange a time to give you feedback over the phone. 

When does the application process close?

The deadline for applications is 9am (GMT) on Tuesday 7th of April.

Where will Bootcamp take place? 

The Bootcamp residency will take place at Debden House which is a peaceful old farm house set on the edge of a forest in Essex. It's about an hour from London on the central line. We are very keen to have applications from people living from all parts of the UK however and have travel bursaries available for anyone who need them. 


To apply for a scholarship, all you have to do is fill in the application form and when you get to the question 'Are you applying for a scholarship?' tick the 'yes' box. You'll be considered for all of the scholarships you are eligible for. 

If you are applying for the UpRising scholarship - please state in your application that you are an UpRising Alumni. 

If you are applying for the Care2 scholarship - please state in your application that you have started a petition on Care2. 

What do you look for in applicants? 

We're looking for people who get fired up about injustice, who want to empower and organise others to create change in the world, but don't yet have the skills, confidence or network to do that. There is no age limit and you don't need to be a university or higher education graduate to apply. You'll meet the basic criteria if you: 

  • Are an enthusiastic and highly motivated person, committed to creating positive social change.

  • Have some experience of using social media or technology to campaign.

  • Have done some campaigning (voluntary or paid) but are frustrated that you're too inexperienced to run big campaigns that win

We're looking for people who're at a stage in their life where they are looking to take a big leap forward in some way towards being drivers of positive change in the world; that could be a career change into campaigning from another job, a promotion in your current campaigning role, making the leap from volunteering into a professional role, or taking a campaign you're involved in to the next level. 

If you want more of an idea of the kinds of people we're looking for, check out the profiles of our alumni.

I want to get a job in campaigning. Will Bootcamp help me do that? 

Our mission is  to train a new generation of campaigners, and lots of Bootcamp graduates end up working in campaigning. However, we are not a recruitment agency and our mission is not to get people jobs in campaigning. 

I work for a small NGO, but I don't think they will be able to pay for my place on Bootcamp. Can I still apply? 

Yes! We'll work with you to make sure you can attend Bootcamp.

I don't think I qualify for any of the scholarship places, can I still apply? 

Don't worry, we still want you to apply! Currently we don't have specific funding for scholarship places for people who do not fall under the existing ones. However, we're working hard to find money to cover additional scholarships for people who simply some extra help. If we think you'd be great for Bootcamp, then we'll try and find a way to bring you onto Bootcamp.