Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions on how the 50 Best Bars Roku Scholarship works? Or not sure on how to make your application shine? Check out some of the most frequently asked questions below – or if you can’t find the answer you were looking for, drop a message at

What is the 50 Best Bars Roku Scholarship?

The 50 Best Bars Roku Scholarship is a first-of-its-kind programme to support the next generation of #FuturePositive bartending talent, focused on actively developing a sustainable and inclusive vision of hospitality for guests, the industry and the planet as a whole.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is available for one deserving winner – complete with unique training experiences at some of the world's finest cocktail establishments. 

What does the winner get?

After being crowned champion in-person at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2024 ceremony in Madrid, the newly appointed scholar will embark on a set of life changing opportunities around the globe.

Between January and April 2025, the winner will attend a two week stage (internship) at Maybe Sammy in Sydney, Australia; followed by another two week stage in Tokyo, Japan, at Virtù and High Five.

All flights, accommodation and £500 weekly allowance per stage will be included. 

What does #FuturePositive mean?

Put simply, it’s imagining a better tomorrow for hospitality. It’s about thinking of a path to a better future – making bold moves that can have a positive impact for our industry, our guests, our communities, our planet and ourselves.

What do I need to do to apply?

Fill in the application form and upload a video; introducing yourself briefly and explain what small adjustments to everyday practice or large-scale overhaul you think would help drive change in our industry – whether it’s for the planet, your community, your guests or your colleagues. Make sure you reflect on the #FuturePositive theme and upload to the application page by 21st June. Easy!

How experienced do I need to be?

Applications are only open to those 21+ years old with less than five full years’ experience in our industry. We want to discover and nurture the big thinkers of tomorrow – so your vision is what matters, not what you’ve done already.

Am I eligible if I am in my 5th year?

Yes. All applicants are eligible with under five full years of experience at the time of submission. For example, if you started your career on 1st June 2018, you would remain eligible to apply until 31st May 2024.

Can I apply if I am currently not working in a bar or I am a consultant?

Yes. However, within the application process, you may be required to provide references from previous employers or jobs upon request.

When does my application need to be completed?

Applications close at 12:00 BST on 21st June – no late entries will be accepted.

What happens if I am selected?

After applications close on 21st June, we’ll select 25 applicants to go through to round two where you’ll be asked to design a drink inspired by our theme of #FuturePositive and featuring a local ingredient from your country. All successful round one applicants will be notified by mid-June.

From there, we’ll nominate five semi-finalists who will be interviewed by the 50 Best Bars and Roku Gin teams, as representatives from the stagiaire hosts. 

How can I get feedback on my application if I am not selected for the next round?

If you are unsuccessful in your application, we may be able to provide feedback from

Where do I find the Terms and Conditions?

The full terms and conditions for the scholarship can be found here.