Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

Loan and scholarship funding is available for some students taking taught postgraduate degrees at Sheffield - some exclusively for journalism students. Read on to find out more.

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The Department of Journalism Studies believes journalism can only fulfil its duties to a 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.

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.


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University of Sheffield funding sources

The Dan Walker Journalism Scholarship

Degree courseMA Broadcast Journalism
Students: home fee paying
Value: £10,000
Deadline: 23 June 2021

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.

Two awards are available. The scholarship is open to high-achieving students and those from social groups that are underrepresented in higher education. Click through below to find out more.

The Dan Walker Journalism Scholarship


Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship

Degree course: all
Students: home fee paying
Value: £10,000
Deadline: 10 May 2021

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.

Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship


 Alumni Rewards

Degree course: all
Students: University of Sheffield graduates
Value: up to 20% 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.

Alumni Rewards


International Merit Postgraduate Scholarship

Degree course all
Students international
Value 25% of tuition fee
Deadline 17 May 2021

In 2021 the University of Sheffield will offer 150 merit awards to international postgraduates. Check the link to see if you're eligible.

International Merit Postgraduate Scholarships


International Postgraduate Taught Scholarship

Degree course all
Students Africa; east, south and south-east Asia; Latin America; EU and EEA
Value £2,000
Deadline 18 June 2021 (to accept your offer of a place on a course)

Discounts of £2,000 will be applied by the University of Sheffield to all postgraduate tuition fees for international students who meet the criteria. See the website for more information.

International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships


 

External funding sources

Postgraduate student loans

Degree course: all
Students: home fee paying
Value: tbc for 2021 (was £11,222 for 2020)
Deadline: see link below

Repayable loans similar to those available for undergraduate study are available for taught postgraduate study. Terms and values differ for students from the UK's four constituent nations – check the website for more information.

Postgraduate student loans


Scott Trust bursaries

Degree courseMA Journalism
Students: UK
Value: £6,000 + tuition fees
Deadline: 2 May 2021

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

Scott Trust bursaries


BAFTA Scholarship Programme

Degree courseMA Broadcast Journalism
Students: UK
Value: up to £12,000
Deadline: 26 May 2021

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.

BAFTA Scholarship Programme


Journalism Diversity Fund

Degree courseMA Journalism
Students: UK
Value: tuition fees + some living expenses
Deadline: several cohorts through the year; check website for details

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.

Journalism Diversity Fund


The George Viner Memorial Fund

Degree course: all
Students: all
Value: various
Deadline: tbc for 2021

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. We will post information here if the awards become available again in 2021.

George Viner Memorial Fund


The Orwell Society Bursary for Journalism

Degree course: all
Students: UK
Value: £3,000
Deadline: 9 April 2021

The Orwell Society offers a bursary of £3,000 for the best application which demonstrates an understanding of George Orwell's work and approach to journalism. 

Orwell Society Bursary


The Aziz Foundation Scholarship

Degree course: all
Students: British Muslims
Value: tuition fee
Deadline: 31 March 2021 (cycle 1), 16 July 2021 (cycle 2)

This scholarship offers financial and professional support to British Muslims who are dedicated to bringing positive change to society. The postgraduate scholarships are for students with career aspirations in law, media, journalism or policy.

Aziz Foundation Scholarship

Postgraduate taught scholarships

Explore scholarships for postgraduate taught courses starting in 2021, including:

  • 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home fee paying students
  • 150 scholarships worth 25 per cent of the tuition fee for international students