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Postgraduate journalism scholarships

City, University of London are delighted to offer students exciting scholarship opportunities across the journalism department.

Nick Lewis Scholarship

City, University of London are delighted to announce the Nick Lewis Scholarship.

The object of the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust is to advance the education of the public, particularly in the field of journalism through the provision of scholarships, financial aid and support. City are proud to offer an exclusive scholarship for our master's in International Journalism.

This exciting scholarship is for £10,000 from the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust and a fee reduction of £2,000 given by the City’s Journalism department.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • Hold an unconditional offer for the Master’s in International Journalism at City, University of London
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need through production of a case for support (You must have qualified for a Maintenance Loan during your Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Complete  500 word statement on “How has Covid-19 affected international journalism?

2020 Scholarship Applications

Applications for 2020 are now open. Please email you applications to journalism@city.ac.uk.

  • The deadline for applications is 31st July 2020
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place the week commencing 17th August
  • Available to Home Students only

The Rupert Cornwell Student Prize 2019/20

Breaking into journalism today is harder than ever. Yet the need for real reporting and accurate evidence-based journalism has never been greater. In remembrance of the life and career of Rupert Cornwell, award-winning foreign correspondent of the last 40 years, The Rupert Cornwell Trust has been set up to provide financial assistance to support actual or aspiring young foreign correspondents for short periods of foreign travel and reporting in the field.

The Trust are offering a prize of £1,500.00 to a Postgraduate Journalism student to encourage excellence in foreign reporting.

Applicants must be part of the 2019/0 cohort studying full time on one of the following courses:

MA International Journalism
MA Broadcast Journalism
MA Newspaper Journalism
MA Financial Journalism
MA Magazine Journalism
MA Television Journalism
MA Investigative Journalism
MA Interactive Journalism

To apply, students are invited to set out a proposal to report a significant story outside of the UK in one of the following locations: Europe, Ex-Soviet Union or North America. This could be a news story, investigation or feature undertaken for publication in any major platform (video, audio, photographic, infographic or text.)

The prize winner is expected to treat the prize in the spirit it is awarded. The prize is awarded on the basis that the prize winner will use the funding to travel and complete the story in the academic year it is awarded. If the prize winner is unable to start or complete the project the funding will be returned to the funders. The prize winner will be expected to sign an Indemnity Agreement with the Rupert Cornwell Trust.

The Prize winner will be notified in April.

Students are asked to submit their proposal to the Journalism Common Room on Moodle. Deadline for applications is Friday 13th March.

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation Scholarship

Studentships for the MA in Financial Journalism at City, University of London

The decision on awarding support, and the amount, is solely at the discretion of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation, who will interview shortlisted candidates.

However, students interested in applying for the studentships, and who have been offered and accepted a place on the MA in Financial Journalism, must submit their applications through the MA Financial Journalism office, who will ensure that they qualify and forward their application to the Marjorie Deane Foundation.

To apply for these studentships, the following is required by the foundation:

  1. A covering letter explaining why you want to pursue a career in financial and business journalism, and why you need financial support to enroll in the MA Financial Journalism programme.
  2. A CV outlining your background, education, and achievements
  3. A research proposal of no more than 500 words, examining an important topic in business, financial or economic journalism, and explaining how you would approach it.

The deadline for Overseas applicants is 01 April 2019.

The deadline for EU (inc UK) applicants is 01 June 2019.

Applications must be submitted electronically, with the subject line Marjorie Deane studentships, attention Martin Chivers, MA Financial Journalism course administrator at Martin.Chivers.1@city.ac.uk.

The Stationers’ Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme

This postgraduate bursary programme provides support for young people on a variety of MA and MSc courses, including City’s MA Magazine Journalism. Successful students will each receive a bursary of £6,000 and will be offered the opportunity to receive mentoring during their studies from an appropriate member of the Stationers’ Company, taking into account the specific interests of the student. The bursaries for City, University of London are funded with support from The Printing Charity

Criteria and participating institutions: Applicants must normally be under 25 on 1st September 2019, resident in the UK, and classified as paying UK tuition fees. If you are between 25 and 30 and wish to apply, please discuss your application with the relevant Course Director and Administrator. Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for one of the identified courses below.

The application form should be submitted to the relevant Course Administrator by Thursday, 23rd May 2019. Applications must be supported by two references, one academic and one personal from someone of standing who can support the financial statements made in the application.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview at Stationers’ Hall in London in the weeks commencing 24th of June and 1 July 2019. It is essential that applicants are available for these interviews. Each relevant course director will be part of the interview panel.

To apply please follow the link.

BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme

The BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme is part of their charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, games and television. The MA Broadcast Journalism and MA Television Journalism are two of the degrees included in the list of eligible courses.

The programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

If you have any questions about the BAFTA Scholarship Programme please take a look at the frequently asked questions or contact scholarships@bafta.org

Applications for 2019/2020 are now open. If you are interested in becoming a BAFTA scholar, please apply here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 May 2019.

Widening Media Diversity Scholarship

Penny Appeal are offering a scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year for exceptional students actively engaged in British Muslim communities, interested in the under-representation of Muslims in the media and developing diversity in journalism. The key aim or objective of this scholarship is to help develop a pool of Muslim journalists who can advance diversity in the media industry, improve reporting on religion and minorities in the media, and champion under-represented communities. Furthermore, they wish to support students who would like to pursue a career in journalism not just to benefit Muslim communities, but all communities, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The scholarship will cover full tuition fees for 1 year up to a maximum of £10,200.

In addition, the successful applicant will also be offered a 6-month paid internship with The Evening Standard.

The application is a two-stage process. Applicants will initially be assessed by City, University of London.  Short listed applicants will then be invited for interview.

Applications are now open.  To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Have Home/EU fee status
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need
    Short listed applicants will be required to provide further financial information.
  • Demonstrate that they are actively engaged in British Muslim Communities
  • Demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within faith, multi-faith and secular environments
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to community / societal development and good relations work through media

The scholarship is available to the following courses:  MA Newspaper Journalism; MA Interactive Journalism; MA Investigative Journalism at City, University of London

Please apply online for a place on the course by going to one of the following links.

In addition to the extra documentation specified on the how to apply section please also submit a min 500-word statement on why you would be the right candidate to receive this scholarship and also how the placement at The Evening Standard will benefit you.  You can upload this as a miscellaneous document in the online application.

If you already hold an offer of a place please send your statement to journalism@city.ac.uk

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