Awards and Fellowships Assistant

Details: Part time, 2 days per week (0.4 FTE). Fixed term, 6 months from April 2021

Salary: £22,000 pro rata


Index on Censorship is looking for an enthusiastic Awards and Fellowships Assistant to join the team. 

The Awards and Fellowships Assistant will help deliver Index’s Awards Fellowship Programme and assist the Senior Events and Partnerships Manager with the production of the annual Freedom of Expression awards ceremony. 

The successful candidate will gain hands-on experience in events management, programme management, fundraising and advocacy work for a small charity, in the field of human rights. 

This is a remote position, however the role will involve occasional work outside normal office hours, including at weekends (time off in lieu offered). The successful candidate must be available to work in London w/c 6 September 2021 and on Sunday 12 September for the Freedom of Expression Awards gala.


Index on Censorship is a non-profit that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. We publish work by censored writers and artists in our award-winning magazine, promote debate through our events programme, and monitor threats to free speech through our advocacy and campaigning work. We believe that everyone should be free to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution, and aim to raise awareness about threats to free expression and the value of free speech. 

Since 2001, the Freedom of Expression Awards have celebrated individuals or groups who have had a significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world. Awards are offered in three categories: arts, campaigning and journalism. Anyone who has had a demonstrable impact in tackling censorship is eligible and nominations are open to all. Winners join Index’s Awards Fellowship programme and are honoured at a gala celebration in London, preceded by a week of events and opportunities curated by Index.


  • Act as the main point of contact for the awards shortlist and winners 
  • Actively identify opportunities to promote the work of the fellows, and campaign on their behalf 
  • Support the Senior Events and Partnerships Manager in developing a programme of events and workshops for the new fellows, tailored to their fields 
  • Work with the Communications Manager to promote the judges, shortlist and fellows
  • Support the Senior Events and Partnerships Manager in the delivery of the Freedom of Expression Awards gala 
  • Logistical organisation for the week of the awards, including booking travel and organising visas 
  • Conduct video research into the shortlist for awards films 
  • Assist with fundraising 



  • Strong communication skills 
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in a small team 
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines 
  • Ability to work virtually and across secure communications channels, including handling confidential information 
  • Keen interest in, and understanding of, free expression 
  • Commitment to Index on Censorship’s purpose and values 


  • Experience of working with vulnerable people 
  • Experience of events 
  • Experience in the field of human rights 


Please email your CV and a short covering letter, setting out your interest in and suitability for the role, to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 5 April 2021

Interviews will take place via Zoom w/c 12 April. Start date late April / early May. 

We’re happy to discuss the role – please drop us an email if you have any questions. We will acknowledge all applications, and will let all applicants know whether or not they have been invited for an interview. 

We are working to improve the diversity of the Index team, and welcome applications from groups which are under-represented in the charity sector.