City, University of London are delighted to offer students exciting scholarship opportunities across the journalism department.
Widening Media Diversity Scholarships
The scholarships fund tuition fees for students of a Muslim background to study for a taught postgraduate degree at the Department of Journalism with the additional benefit of a paid placement upon graduation with a leading British daily newspaper for a minimum period of six months.
In the 2021/22 academic year, the Randeree Charitable Trust and the Cosaraf Charitable Foundation are offering two scholarships 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.
Further, 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 £10,610. One student will receive an offer of a 6 month paid placement at The Mirror, the second student will receive an offer of a 1 year (with the option to extend to a second year) paid Traineeship at The Sun.
Details of how to apply and the newspapers/broadcasters partnering in this year's programme can be found below.
The Widening Media Diversity Scholarships were initiated by the Aziz Foundation in 2018 and has since expanded to include the RCT, Cosaraf and Penny Appeal.
The Sun, The Mirror and the Evening Standard newspapers have been partners in the programme previously. To date, the programme has funded five students.
Testimonials from previous scholarship recipients
MA International Journalism, 2020
“It has been a successful academic year. I have received the right academic training and support, I have interacted with guest lecturers and speakers from leading media organisations, I have also made lifelong friends and established professional contacts during my time at City.
During my placement with The Mirror I gained valuable experience of working in a fast-paced environment with a team of brilliant journalists on producing breaking news articles within tight deadlines. I also gained practical experience in pitching, drafting and publishing news articles for a national publication.”
MA Broadcast Journalism, 2020
"Journalism can be a difficult industry to crack. With the help of this scholarship, I have been able to create an incredible network and use City’s reputation to enter major radio, print and TV newsrooms - the same ones I struggled to get my foot into before studying this Masters.
The Sun internship was a great starting point to adjust to the pace of daily news reporting, it helped me learn the reality of newsrooms, and ultimately got me a job elsewhere in Television news. I am so grateful to the Cosaraf Foundation and the Randeree Charitable Trust for helping me. Without them, I would not be able to highlight the international injustices I am currently working on."
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 an interview.
Applications for 2021 are now open.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Hold an offer on one of the following courses: MA TV Journalism, MA Newspaper Journalism, MA Interactive Journalism, MA Investigative Journalism, MA Data Journalism, MA Financial Journalism, MA International Journalism at City, University of London
- Have Home fee status
- Be able to demonstrate financial need in line with the Zakat criteria. *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
- Complete a min 500 word statement on why they would be the right candidate to receive this scholarship and also how the placement at The Sun / The Mirror will benefit them.
Please email your applications to email@example.com. Deadline for applications is Friday 9 July.
Interviews will take place 26 / 27 / 28 July.
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?"
- Open to Home applicants only.
Please email you applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for 2021 entries is: 30th June 2021
Interview dates are to be confirmed.
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:
- 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.
- A CV outlining your background, education, and achievements
- 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 and EU applicants is 14 May 2021.
The Deadline for UK applicants is 11 June 2021.
Applications must be submitted electronically, with the subject line Marjorie Deane studentships, attention Martin Chivers, MA Financial Journalism course administrator at Martin.Chivers.email@example.com.
Aziz Foundation Scholarships for Postgraduate Journalism
You must have applied to a taught master's programme at the Department of Journalism, City, University of London.
The Department of Journalism, City, University of London is delighted to be a preferred partner with the Aziz Foundation who offer scholarships to students from the UK Muslim community.
Value: Full fee waiver
Number available: Up to 9
Year of entry: 2021/22
To apply for this award you should wish to Candidates who wish to champion inclusion and diversity in the media.
- You must have applied to a taught master's programme at the Department of Journalism, City, University of London.
- Be eligible for Home fees status
- Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities
- Demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain
- Show how the course will increase their effectiveness in one of the following areas relating to British Muslims:
- Be able to demonstrate that you come from a low-income background and require financial assistance to undertake Masters study.
A successful scholarship will only be granted if you have an offer of a place on a designated taught Master’s course.
The application cycle will run from 1st April to 16th July, with awards announced in mid-August.
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 2021, 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 Friday, 21st May 2021. 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. The course team will draw up a shortlist of up to three students from each university whose names will be submitted to the Foundation. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview at Stationers’ Hall in London in the weeks commencing 21st June and 28th June 2021. It is essential that applicants are available for these interviews. Each relevant course director will be part of the interview panel.
Please note that due to the current circumstances it is likely that the interviews will be held virtually.
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.
Applications for 2020/2021 are now open. If you are interested in becoming a BAFTA scholar, please apply here. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 26 May at 5pm.
General Bursaries and Awards
In the past we have had very generous scholarship opportunities through some big industry leaders (see below for a few examples). This year we hope will be no exception (though we cannot guarantee future sponsorship). We announce all our scholarships here.