The Application Process

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 members of our Bootcamp selection team. 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 also give you written feedback.

What do you look for applicant?

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. You'll meet the basic criteria if you:

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

  • Have done some campaigning (voluntary or paid) but want to learn more.
  • Have some experience of using social media or technology to campaign.

For more on what we're looking for, you can read Tamara-Jade's blog on writing a good application and check out the profiles of our alumni

What does a 'campaigner' look like?

We believe that campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it, so we love to train up ambitious campaigners who advocate for their own communities.

We believe that you can never be too old to campaign and encourage activists of all ages to apply (though you have to be over 18!).

We make an effort to centre those from marginalised backgrounds across the board at Bootcamp - we want to train up those less likely to get a helping hand elsewhere.

We're interested in your ambition and experience in activism, whether that's in a community setting or a more formal NGO one - Bootcamp isn't about what qualifications you have, it's about having the drive to make a change! If that sounds like you, Campaign Bootcamp awaits!

I don't live in the UK, Can I come on Bootcamp?

If you live outside the UK and work for a big organisation (such as Oxfam or Greenpeace) which will pay for your place, then you can apply for Bootcamp. 

However, if you live outside the UK and want to attend Bootcamp on a scholarship, then we only have some exceptions available. Get in touch with us here to find out about these. 

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for applications to Bootcamps 9 and 10 is 0900 GMT on 7th March 2017. 


Scholarships & Funding
How do I pay for Bootcamp?

Most people who come on Bootcamp come on a scholarship. This means that the whole cost of the week (the training, accommodation, meals and sometimes travel) is covered by external funding. If you can pay some money towards Bootcamp, that’s great, but it’s not necessary, and the amount you might be able to contribute doesn’t have any impact on whether or not you get a place.

It’s easy to apply for a scholarship - you simply tick the box on the application form. We work hard to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible to campaigners from all walks of life, and our scholarships aim to reflect the value we place on this diversity. You’ll be considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible. A list of the scholarships available can be found by the scrolling down on this page.

People who work for NGOs pay for some or all of their place on Bootcamp. The breakdown is:

Annual budget of NGO         Cost of Bootcamp per person

£400,000 or more                   £3,500 

£200,000 - £400,000             £1,500

Under £200,000                     £500 or less


I don't think I'm eligible for a scholarship, can I still apply?

If you don't think you are eligible for any of the scholarships and you don't work for an NGO then you can apply under our General Scholarship. This is extra funding we've secured to cover additional scholarships for people. If we think you'd be great for Bootcamp, then we'll try and find a way to secure your place. Just tick 'None of these apply, but I'd still like a scholarship, please!' on the application form.

I work for an NGO but I don't think they will be able to pay for my place on Bootcamp, can I still apply?

Get in touch! We'll help you convince your workplace to fund your place. 

I campaign outside of work, but work for a large NGO. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately, not right now. We’re working on more funding streams, but at the moment if you work for a large NGO in any capacity, then they would have to pay for your Bootcamp place.


Coming on Bootcamp

Where will Bootcamp take place?

Bootcamp 9 will take place at Bore Place which is a peaceful old smallholding surrounded by green fields in Kent. It's about an hour's train journey from central London.

Is Bootcamp is only for Londoners?

No, not at all! Bootcampers come from all over the UK and beyond. We offer travel bursaries for any Bootcampers who need them. 

Where do I stay on Bootcamp?

Everyone coming on Bootcamp stays at Bore Place in shared rooms (though we can usually find space for a single room if you need one). We have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Bore Place every day and use their indoor and outdoor space for our training.

I have special dietary requirements, will there be something for me to eat on Bootcamp?

Yes, we cater to all dietary requirements however we do ask that these are allergies/ intolerances or life choices (vegan, halal etc) rather than simple food preferences.

Is Bootcamp accessible?

Yes! We strive to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible. The Bootcamp 9 venue Bore Place is accessible for wheelchair users, and we will try and meet any other requirements you may have. If you have any concerns or questions about accessibility just get in touch.


Anything else?

I want 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.


If you’ve got a question that hasn’t been answered here, then get in touch and we’ll do our best to give you an answer!