Regional Journalism Scholarships Program

If you are from a regional or remote area and have an interest in regional or remote journalism then this scholarship could be for you.

Important dates

Applications open Thursday 24 January 2019

Applications close Tuesday 12 March 2019 5pm.

Benefits

Bachelor allocation: Cash payment of $3000 plus a tuition fee payment of $6900 per year for a duration of three years.

Total Scholarship value $29,700.

Honours allocation: Cash payment of $3000 plus a tuition fee payment of $6444 for one year.

Total Scholarship value $9444.

This scholarship received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand Citizen living in Australia
  • Be a student commencing your studies at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2019
  • Be enrolled full time in one of the following degrees:
    • A331 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) - preference will be given to students completing on campus studies at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus  or
    • A451 Bachelor of Communication (Honours) – you must be undertaking a research project examining the sustainability of local news and/or an issue of direct relevance to rural and regional communities
  • Be a Regional or Remote student:
    • permanently residing in a Regional or Remote Area at the time prior to applying for a Scholarship; or
    • have a sufficient connection to a Regional or Remote Area, because you have:
      • previously resided in a Regional or Remote Area for a total of at least three out of the last five years; or
      • completed your final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a Regional or Remote Area.
  • Show a commitment to Regional and Remote Journalism
  • Not be in receipt of scholarship funds for the Eligible Course of Study from:
    • the Commonwealth under another Grant program; or
    • a State or Territory government or other body.

Special conditions

As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • continue to be enrolled on a full-time basis in an Eligible Course of Study (a minimum of 3 credit points at each applicable census date)
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress, a minimum WAM of 60
  • continue to satisfy the criteria to be considered a Regional or Remote Student
  • not be in receipt of scholarship funds for the Eligible Course of Study from:
    • the Commonwealth under another Grant program; or
    • a State or Territory government or other body
  • consent to the university providing the Commonwealth with your personal information as relevant to the Scholarship and the Activity
  • consent to your name and award of the Scholarship being publicly announced or otherwise published by the university and the Commonwealth
  • cooperate with the university's monitoring of your progress, including by permitting the university to provide the Commonwealth with evidence of eligibility, tuition costs and Approved Study Related Expenses incurred each semester and any other evidence as reasonably required by the Commonwealth from time to time
  • cooperate with the Commonwealth in any evaluation of the Scholarship, including facilitating interviews with Scholarship Recipients.

Your application

    When you apply for this scholarship you may be required to provide documentation to support the regional and remote response you have given in your application. If this is required you will be contact by the University once applications have closed.

Read more about supporting documentation

How to write a successful application:

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Visit our applicant portal

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the application closing date. You can see the status of your application via your Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal account.

Regional Journalism Scholarships Program - an Australian Government Initiative.