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The LIONS Scholarship

Supporting the next generation of creative talent

Following the inaugural LIONS Scholarship initiative in 2023, we’re once again offering 10 fully paid scholarships to underrepresented talent within the creative industry.

The LIONS Scholarship is designed to support the next generation of talent, placing an emphasis on diversity of location, gender, race, class, preference and perspective.. With five places available in the Brand Marketers Academy and five in the Creative Academy, a total of 10 under-30s from 10 countries will receive a fully funded trip to Cannes Lions 2024.

Please note, applications for the LIONS Scholarship 2024 are now closed.

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What's included?

  • A delegate pass for the full week
  • Full reimbursement of economy travel to and from Cannes, France
  • Accommodation for the week
  • Transfers to and from Nice airport
  • €50 per day to cover mobile data, food, and incidental expenses.


Applicable to all applicants

  • Open to people born on or after 21 June 1993. Minimum age 18 years old. Proof of age will be required.
  • The LIONS Academies are presented in English.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of two years' work experience in a role.

Please note that the LIONS Academies are presented in English. Only apply if you’re confident you’ll be able to participate in all discussions and collaborate with other Academies participants.

The LIONS Academies

Five places available on each of the following academies.

Creative Academy

We encourage all creatives to apply including, but not limited to, Art Directors, Copywriters, Graphic/UX Designers, Directors, Journalists, PR, Creative Technologists, Engineers, Freelancers, etc.

More about the Academy

Brand Marketers Academy

We encourage brand/client-side marketers to apply including, but not limited to Brand and Marketing Managers, Digital Marketers, Marketing Directors, Social Media Managers, Campaign Directors, Global Digital Marketing Managers, Campaign Co-ordinators and Communications Consultants.

More about the Academy

Application process

You can submit your application through the LIONS Competition platform. Your application should include the following:

  • an answer (250 words max.) to the following prompt: Describe what creativity means to you
  • a video (2 minutes max.), recorded in English, telling us who you are and why you deserve a space in the Academy
  • a character reference (250 words max) by your employer, your company's talent officer, a senior executive of your company or a previous LIONS Academy graduate.

Applications for the LIONS Scholarship 2024 are now closed.

Meet the Jury

Meet the global Jury of experts representing every continent, and every creative discipline.

Ashley Rudder, Co-Founder, HAUS OF SÔS, USA
Brent Choi, CEO, Angry Butterfly, Canada
Chaka Sobhani, President and Chief Creative Officer International, DDB Worldwide, UK
Diana Sukopp, Independent, Germany
Gabriela Lungu, Executive Creative Director, Publicis Worldwide, UK
Gaëtan du Peloux, Chief Creative Officer, Marcel, France
Helen H. Pak, SVP, Creative, Marketing, Design & Content, Walt Disney Company, USA
Jo-Ann Robertson, CEO, Global Markets, Ketchum, UK
Josy Paul, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO, India
Joyce Kigathi, Head of Strategy, Creative and Content, Havas Africa, Kenya
Kwame Taylor-Hayford, Co-Founder, Kin, USA
Loyiso Twala, Chief Creative Officer, McCann Worldgroup, South Africa
Oriel Davis Lyons, Chief Creative Officer, Mother, USA
Paula Lindenberg, Managing Director Brazil, Diageo, Brazil
Pully Chau, Independent, China
Rana Hamarneh, Group Executive Director, Adpro OMD, Jordan
Saulo Rocha, Chief Creative Officer, David, Spain
Sleyman Khodor, Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R, Brazil
Swati Bhattacharya, Creative Chairperson, FCB, India
Tea Uglow, Founder, Dark Swan Institute, Australia
Yasuharu Sasaki, Global Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative, Japan