The Dan Walker Journalism Scholarship

The Department of Journalism Studies is delighted to offer two Dan Walker Journalism Scholarships worth £10,000 each for UK and European Union students starting a taught postgraduate course in journalism in 2020.

Journalism alumni Dan Walker. He is smiling and standing in front of some colourful blocks.

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 Wednesday 24 June 2020.

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 and be aged under 25 on the first day of your course
  • You are estranged from your parents and are aged under 25 on the first day of your course
  • You have a disability
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member
  • As an undergraduate student you were/are in receipt of support from the Student Loans Company which indicates that your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less
  • 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 criteria. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criterion only applies to students who live 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. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criterion only applies to students from the UK.

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.

Other funding opportunities for masters degrees

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 2020.

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

  2. 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 2020. 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:

  • Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for the MA Broadcast Journalism degree at the University of Sheffield
  • Applicant has identified clearly how the scholarship and mentoring opportunity will be beneficial to their student experience
  • Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree they have applied 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 the 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 +44 114 222 1319 or

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 June and we expect interviews to be held in mid-July. We will notify you of the outcome of your application by 31 July.

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