Funding your studies

The University of Kent has a dedicated Scholarship Team and further information on scholarships can be found here.

At the Centre for Journalism, we understand that undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree represents a significant financial undertaking. We are therefore pleased to offer a number of schemes which allow some students to ease the financial worry.

The Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship, named after Sky News's legendary former presenter, is awarded to an undergraduate student at the end of the autumn term, and follows a rigorous selection process involving senior Sky journalists and CfJ staff members. The winner has the equivalent of a year's fees paid by Sky, and also gets the priceless opportunity to spend four weeks working for the broadcaster over the summer. Our previous Bob Friend scholars, Alan McGuinness, Dan May, Tania Steere, Jemma Collins, Connor Diggin, Boglarka Kosztolanyi, Emma Rae Woodhouse and Sarah Boast have all benefitted hugely from their time at Sky. Our current scholar is Laerke Christensen.

The Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary is available to a student holding an offer for the MA in Multimedia Journalism. It is worth £6,000 to the winning applicant, and the bursary also includes mentoring from a senior professional journalist in the newspaper or magazine industry. The application process is detailed here. The closing date us usually in early June for students expecting to start their postgraduate study in September.

The Centre for Journalism is also proud to offer a precious annual Daily Mail scholarship funded by Associated Newspapers, for a gifted postgraduate student on the MA in Multimedia Journalism. The scholarship is worth £5,000 and includes an invaluable work experience placement at the Daily Mail. 

The postgraduate Daily Mail scholar is selected via a competition held early in the Spring Term.  Candidates must be current students on the MA in Multimedia Journalism. They must submit an original news story suitable for inclusion in the Daily Mail.

Further funds are also available. A Centre for Journalism undergraduate scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates academic excellence at the admissions stage. This is worth £1,000, renewable for each year of the undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate students undertaking the MA Multimedia Journalism programme can apply for Centre for Journalism scholarships worth up to 50 per cent of their fees. More details here

The Centre for Journalism may be able to offer a doctoral scholarship as part of the University's Research Scholarships scheme. The successful candidate will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.

There are also details of the university's Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship here.

Journalism Diversity Fund LogoAdditionally, we encourage all of our students to apply for industry awards, such as those offered by the Cultural Diversity Fund, administered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and set up to help those from diverse backgrounds to fund their journalism training. More details are

Further details of all of these funding opportunities are available by contacting the centre.

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Last Updated: 12/02/2019