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Journalism Masters scholarship available thanks to trust run by City alumnus

The Nick Lewis Memorial Trust is funding one student to complete an International Journalism MA


Nick LewisA scholarship scheme is giving one student the chance to complete a journalism Masters degree at City, University of London.

The funding – worth £10,000 – is being provided by the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust, which is co-managed by City alumnus Nigel Gabriel.

It will cover tuition fees and contribute to living costs for a student, aged 30 or younger, who wants to study for an International Journalism MA, starting in September 2017. The School of Arts and Social Sciences at City is also giving the chosen student a £2,000 discount on their tuition fees.

The Nick Lewis Scholarship is the latest addition to a range of financial support schemes offered through the Department of Journalism, with 17 Masters students being funded by seven organisations during 2016/17.

Nigel Gabriel said: "We are delighted to be able to support a postgraduate student, who may otherwise not have been able to benefit from the excellent journalism training offered at City, University of London."

The Nick Lewis Memorial Trust was established in 2000 in memory of the journalist Nick Lewis (above right).

In addition to the scholarship, the trust is providing a £1,500 hardship bursary to an undergraduate student who encounters unexpected financial difficulties during their course. Two other £500 prizes will also be given to students during the 2017/18 academic year.

To be eligible for the Nick Lewis Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Hold an offer for the International Journalism MA course at City, University of London.
  • Have undertaken their undergraduate studies within the UK.
  • Have been in receipt of financial support during their undergraduate studies.
  • Be aged 30 years old or younger on 1st September 2017.
  • Complete a 500-word statement on “What is the most important issue in International Journalism in 2017?”

Suzanne FranksHead of the Department of Journalism, Professor Suzanne Franks, said: “The Department of Journalism at City is thrilled to have received this generous funding from the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust, set up in memory of a wonderful journalist who was himself devoted to international reporting.

“This will enable a student to take up a place on the highly regarded Masters in International Journalism at City. It will pay for their fees and contribute towards their living costs in London and in turn it will hopefully launch them too on a career in international news.”

The Department of Journalism, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016/17, hopes to announce details of further financial support schemes in the near future.

Nine students are currently working towards their choice of Masters degree in the department with the support of the Chevening scholarship programme, while three are on the Financial Journalism MA programme after securing backing from schemes run by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation.

Five other students have been funded by the Scott Trust, ITN, the Guild of St Bride, The Stationers’ Company and the George Viner Memorial Fund.

The Department of Journalism offers a wide range of Masters programmes, including MA Broadcast Journalism, MA Interactive Journalism, MA Magazine Journalism, MA International Journalism, MA Investigative Journalism, MA Television Journalism, MA Newspaper Journalism and MA Financial Journalism.

To submit an application for the Nick Lewis Scholarship or for more information, email:

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st May 2017 at 11.59pm. The chosen applicant will be confirmed in June.

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