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Scott Trust bursaries for post-graduate journalism training

The Scott Trust Ltd, owner of Guardian Media Group plc, offers five bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in newspaper, web or broadcast journalism.

Applications for 2015 open on Monday 9th February 2015 on the Guardian’s recruitment pages here. Closing date will be Sunday 26th April 2015.

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Five bursaries are offered: Two at City University, London (MA in Newspaper Journalism); one is offered at Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA in Journalism); and two bursaries are offered at the University of Sheffield (MA in Newspaper Journalism).

The primary aim of these awards is to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in media. As a media organisation we are keen to reflect the society we serve and we recognise that certain groups are under-represented within media. So, we particularly encourage graduates from diverse social and/or ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Past beneficiaries of the awards have gone on to successful careers at a variety of media organisations. Current eminent Guardian journalists who are past recipients include Gary Younge, Homa Khaleeli and Lanre Bakare. A bursary pays for tuition fees and provides a subsistence allowance of £6,000. The course involves several weeks’ work experience within Guardian Media Group, which will be arranged for awardees by our scheme coordinator.

We select applicants for shortlist interviews as follows, based on both the universities’ and The Scott Trust Ltd’s selection criteria: A graduate and a permanent resident in the United Kingdom, ideally you will have had some basic paid or unpaid work experience in journalism, or similar experience, and need the financial support to progress in your career. You will also have built up a portfolio of your work or evidence of your journalism/writing, and you will be able to show commitment to a career in media.

The Scott Trust Ltd is the sole owner of Guardian Media Group plc (GMG). GMG’s media interests include the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and shares in Top Right Group and Trader Media Group.

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