The LIONS Scholarship

Supporting the next generation of creative talent

To celebrate the 70th edition of Cannes Lions, LIONS is launching a fully-paid scholarship for underrepresented talent within the creative industry with an emphasis on diversity of location, gender, colour, class, preference and perspective.

The LIONS Scholarship is designed to support the next generation of talent. With 5 places available on the Brand Marketers Academy and 5 on the Creative Academy, in total 10 under 30s from 10 countries will receive a fully funded trip to Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2023.

What is included?

  • 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
  • Per diem of €50 per day to cover mobile data, food, and incidental expenses.


Applicable to all applicants

  • Open to people born on or after 23 June 1992. Minimum aged 18 years old. Proof of age will be required.
  • The LIONS Academies are presented in English.
  • Applicants should have a minimum 18 months' work experience in a role.

The LIONS Academies

Five places available on each of the following academies.

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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.

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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.

Application Process

Applications will be made via the LIONS Competition platform and will include the following:

  1. Your answer to the question: Describe what creativity means to you? (250 words max)
  2. A 2-minute video telling us who you are and why you deserve a space in the Academy. Please record in English (2 minutes max).
  3. A character reference (500 words max). The reference can be written by your employer, your company's talent officer, a senior executive of your company or a previous LIONS Academy graduate.

The final day to submit your application is 20 March 2023.