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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