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 or European Union students starting a taught postgraduate course in journalism in 2017.
The scholarships are for students who have a particular interest in sports journalism and 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 or MA Print Journalism to be mentored by one of the country's leading sports journalists and broadcasters. 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 Monday 26 June 2017.
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 or MA Print 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 scholarship if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14
- You have a disability
- You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member
- 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 criterion. You can check your postcode using the IMD search tool. Please note this map only covers England and the postcode we will use is that of your home address in your last year of school or college
- 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 criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. Check your address area using the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) search tool. We'll use your home address in your last year of school or college. Please note this information only covers the UK.
- You were/are in receipt of a maintenance grant as an undergraduate
- You are from a black and minority ethnic group
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.
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 either MA Print Journalism or MA Broadcast Journalism for entry in September 2017.
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.
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