The Dan Walker Journalism Scholarship

Head and shoulders shot of Dan WalkerThe Department of Journalism Studies is delighted to offer two Dan Walker Journalism Scholarships worth £10,000 each for UK or European Union students starting a taught postgraduate course in journalism in 2019.

The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria or achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. If your application is successful you can use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students on MA Broadcast Journalism to be mentored by one of the country's leading sports journalists and broadcasters. This will include support and advice from Dan on your career development. Dan Walker studied on the Broadcast course in 1998-99 and also completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. He presents Football Focus each weekend and BBC Breakfast as well as a weekly show on BBC World. He has travelled the world covering numerous events including the Olympic Games, World Cups, European Championships, the Grand National, Six Nations, Wimbledon and The Open Championship golf.

The scholarship will include periods of work experience in journalism and production, and advice from Dan as you go through the course and prepare for a career.

The application deadline is Monday 24 June 2019.

Are you eligible to apply?

You can apply for a scholarship if you meet all of the following four criteria:

  • You either already hold an offer of a place, or wish to apply, for MA Broadcast Journalism at the University of Sheffield
  • You are domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) and not charged international rate fees
  • You are not already qualified at masters level, or higher
  • You are self-funding

And either one or both of the following:

  • You are from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population – see the widening participation criteria below
  • You have already achieved or are currently predicted to achieve a first-class undergraduate degree – see the academic merit criteria below

Students intending to take a postgraduate student loan can also apply for a scholarship.

Widening participation criteria

You are eligible to apply for the widening participation element of the scholarship if you meet any of the following:

  • You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14
  • You have a disability
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member
  • You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate
  • You are from a black and minority ethnic group
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criterion. Please note this information only covers addresses in England
  • You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3. To meet this criterion your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. Please note this information only covers addresses in the UK

To check your eligibility for the two address and postcode criteria above, please use the postcode lookup tool. We'll use the home address where you lived during your last year of school or college.

Academic merit criteria

You are eligible to apply for the scholarship if you achieve a first in your undergraduate degree. You may be awarded a scholarship, but this is provisional on you achieving a first: we will require an academic transcript as evidence.

Application and selection

There are two stages to the application and selection process which depend on whether or not you already hold an offer of a place on MA Broadcast Journalism for entry in September 2019.

Existing offer holders

If you are not a current University of Sheffield student, to access the application form you must select the 'Apply now' button, 'Click here if you are a prospective student' then 'Need an account? Sign up here'.

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New course applicants

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship you must have applied for a place on MA Broadcast Journalism before the scholarship closing date of 24 June 2019. You can still apply for the course after this date, but you will no longer be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

To apply for a course please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Once you have done this, you can apply for the scholarship.

You will be shortlisted and invited for interview on the basis of your scholarship application. Please ensure that your application addresses the following points:

  • Clear identification of how the scholarship will be beneficial to your student experience
  • Clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the degree you are applying for, and they involve appropriate and credible contribution from which others will benefit

Dan Walker will be involved in the selection process along with a panel of senior academic and professional services staff. The panel will look at personal circumstances of those who meet widening participation criteria and take into account achievements of the academic merit applicants.

New course and scholarship applicants will be shortlisted and invited for interview on the basis on both applications. On the day of your interview you will also be asked to sit a short aptitude paper to help assess your suitability for the course.

This will consist of a series of news and current affairs questions and a short writing exercise. Please make sure you've read, listened and watched news output in the days before your interview.

More information

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about the awards, please contact the Financial Support Team on 0114 222 1319 or

The closing date for scholarship applications is Monday 24 June and we expect interviews to be held in mid-July. We will notify you of the outcome of your application before the end of July 2019.