Grierson DocLab

About the Grierson DocLab training and mentoring scheme

Grierson DocLab is a training scheme that helps new entrants thrive in the world of factual and documentary programme-making. The scheme takes place over the course of one year and is made up of: a six-day residential training programme; a trip to Sheffield Doc/Fest; a shooting and editing weekend residential; attending The Grierson Awards in November; a paid two or four-week placement at a production company (plus two extra Netflix-supported placements for trainees to apply for that will last three months); mentoring; networking; and one-day training opportunities too.

The scheme seeks UK-based young people aged 18-25 who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between.

The Trust looks to support young people who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes and is especially interested in supporting young people from BAME backgrounds; those who face socio-economically disadvantages; those who live in the UK regions or far from opportunities in the sector; those who consider themselves to have a disability and more.

The scheme has been running since 2012, with the exception of 2014, and The Trust keeps in contact with Grierson DocLab Alumni as they progress their career.


After a few delays and lots of planning due to COVID-19, the 15 trainees for Grierson DocLab 2020 have now been selected.

The original programme and schedule for this year's scheme has changed a lot due to social distancing and travel restrictions, which means the residential training for DocLab has moved online.


The Grierson Trust is enormously grateful for the support it receives, particularly from new sponsors Netflix, The Rank Foundation and many of the UK's leading independent factual production companies. Blast! Films, Dragonfly TV, Lightbox, Minnow Films, Plimsoll Productions, Renegade Pictures, The Garden, Wise Owl Films/All3Media, RAW, 72 Films, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Rogan Productions and BBC Studios have all committed their assistance for 2020 with additional support from The Rumi Foundation.

Grierson DocLab in partnership with The Rank Foundation and Netflix
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