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Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

The Department of Journalism Studies believes journalism can only fulfil its duties to democratic society when it is equipped to represent a plurality of voices. We are deeply committed to ensuring that students from a wide range of backgrounds have the opportunity to study with us.

To this end we work with our faculty and community to promote higher education to groups where participation is lower, and we strongly support the funding opportunities below which address this imperative.

The Dan Walker Journalism Scholarship

Degree courseMA Broadcast Journalism
Students: UK and European Union
Value: £10,000
Deadline: 24 June 2019

As well as £10,000 in funding, the scholarship includes personal mentoring from the BBC's Dan Walker, who completed our Broadcast course to prepare for his career in journalism.

The award is open to high-achieving students and those from social groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

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Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship

Degree course: all
Students: UK and European Union
Value: £10,000
Deadline: 13 May 2019

The University of Sheffield awards more than 100 scholarships to students who either:

  • belong to a group that's underrepresented in taught postgraduate study; or
  • achieve a first in their undergraduate degree

Hit the link below to find out whether you can apply.

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International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarships

Degree course: all
: international (non-EU)
: 25 per cent of tuition fee
: 4 May 2020

The University of Sheffield will offer 125 International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarships in 2020. Each scholarship is a competitive award worth 25% of the original tuition fee for a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2020. The scholarships are available to all new international (non-EU) students who meet the eligibility criteria.

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Alumni Rewards

Degree course: all
Students: University of Sheffield graduates
Value: percentage of tuition fee
Deadline: see link below

The University of Sheffield offers a fee reduction to postgraduate students who have taken an undergraduate degree at the University.

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Postgraduate student loans

Degree course: all
Students: UK and European Union
Value: up to £10,609
Deadline: see link below

Repayable loans similar to those available for undergraduate study are now available from the Student Loans Company for taught postgraduate study.

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Scott Trust bursaries

Degree courseMA Journalism
Students: UK
Value: £6,000 + tuition fees
Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Scott Trust Ltd, owner of Guardian Media Group plc, offers bursaries at the University of Sheffield each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in journalism. These awards actively seek applicants from groups who are underrepresented in the profession. Some of our former students who received Scott Trust bursaries include:

  • Homa Khaleeli, commissioning editor, Guardian G2
  • Michael Savage, political correspondent, The Times
  • Helia Phoenix, editor, Welsh Assembly website

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The Gavin Reeve-Daniels magazine scholarship

Degree courseMA Magazine Journalism
Students: UK
Value: tuition fees + work experience expenses
Deadline: tbc

This funding award, made available by Time Inc UK and Bauer Media UK, is available to students taking our magazines course. It covers course fees and expenses for two work experience placements.

If you apply for a place on the Magazine Journalism degree and receive an offer, we'll email to let you know when the scholarship opens for applications.

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BAFTA Scholarship Programme

Degree courseMA Broadcast Journalism
Students: UK/China/Hong Kong
Value: up to £12,000 (UK)/up to £24,000 (China)
Deadline: 28 May 2019

This award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) also offers mentoring support from a BAFTA member and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

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Journalism Diversity Fund

Degree courseMA Journalism
Students: UK
Value: tuition fees + some living expenses
Deadline: 3 April 2019

The Journalism Diversity Fund seeks to widen the social make-up of professional journalism. The fund offers financial support to students who may be unable to pay for NCTJ training courses.

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The George Viner Memorial Fund

Degree course: all
Students: all
Value: various
Deadline: tbc

The George Viner Memorial Fund was set up by the National Union of Journalists specifically to help broaden the ethnic diversity of journalists working in the media in the UK and Ireland. The funding round opens in May and the deadline for applications is in August each year.

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The Orwell Society Bursary for Journalism

Degree course: all
Students: UK
Value: £3,000
Deadline: 1 March 2019

The Orwell Society offers a bursary of £3,000 to the winner of a competition focusing on journalistic writing in an 'Orwellian' style.

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