We are now accepting applications for the upcoming 2024 Masterclass Programme. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm, Wednesday 3rd January 2024. We will be in touch with the outcome of your application mid-January.

The Patchwork Foundation’s flagship Masterclass Programme is for 18-30-year-olds with an interest in British politics and civil society. We’re looking for young people from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in political spaces who want to develop their personal and professional skillsets.

You will be part of a cohort of young people learning from the speakers and also from each other, cultivating mutual understanding and discovering new perspectives. With over 600 graduates of the programme, many have gone on to work directly with politics, charities, NGOs and across the private sector. You can see some of our alumni spotlights and read about our previous Masterclass sessions here

Masterclass sessions cover topics such as political campaigning, broadcast media and politics, civil service careers, leadership, and policy amongst others. Masterclasses have been led by former Prime Ministers, Secretaries of State, Journalists and Political Strategists, with the sessions held at UK institutions like 10 Downing Street and Parliament.

To find out more information, visit the Masterclass Programme.

If you have any questions, email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Apply here:

Application Form: Masterclass Programme 2024

Step 1 of 2 - Masterclass Applications: 2023

  • Provide an email address that you check regularly.
  • Provide your mobile number on which we can contact you directly.
  • Our programme is open to individuals born between 2006 to 1994.
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  • Outline your current situation, e.g. Computer Science student at Keele University, apprentice in the Civil Service, programme manager at NSPCC, recent graduate seeking employment.
  • This does not impact the application process.
  • If so, please outline which programmes. This is not a requirement for the Masterclass Programme.
  • If so, please outline which programmes (internships, party conference, etc.) This is not a requirement for the Masterclass Programme.
  • Include any social media handles you have (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs). A review of social media may be carried out to confirm there is nothing that would conflict with the values of the Foundation.
  • Provide the name, email, phone number and relationship for one individual who can serve as a character reference. This does not have to be an employer, but cannot be family or friends. Please ensure the individual is happy to be your reference, and note we will only be in contact if your application is succesful.
  • Why are you applying?

    Use this section to give us insight into your motivations and aspirations.
  • Include your motivations and the skills and knowledge you would like to gain. Maximum 250 words.
  • Outline who they are and what you'd hope to learn from them. There is no existing list of tutors to select from - we want to hear who you would like to learn from. Maximum 250 words.
  • Include what you would like to achieve or how you hope to apply the skills you've gained. Maximum 250 words.
  • If relevant, mention the name of any contact who mentioned the programme to you.