The academy, which is hoping to receive accreditation from the Institute of Fundraising within the year (Third Sector, 18 April), wants to provide a route into fundraising for people without charity experience.
Rupert Tappin, chief executive of the Fundraising Academy, said: "People coming into fundraising are usually expected to volunteer for a few months before they get their first paid positions. This narrows the recruitment pool because a lot of people can't afford to do this."
Tappin said at least four positions would go to people from ethnic minorities.
He added that the academy hoped to set aside places for disabled students in next year's intake.