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Scholarships and Bursaries for the Channel 4 Investigative Journalism MA

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We recognise that many talented people may not have the resources to take up a place on the course. That’s why we are offering financial assistance to those successful candidates who need it most. De Montfort University will pay the fees of two students, and Channel 4 will pay the fees of two more.

Professor Jason Lee, Head of Leicester Media School said, “This is an exciting new course and we want to encourage the brightest and best students to apply. We understand the sacrifices students make to embark on postgraduate study and this is our way of giving outstanding candidates a helping hand.”

£6,000 Fee Waiver Scholarship

£20,000 Living Expenses Bursary

 

£6,000 Fee Waiver Scholarship

There are four scholarships available in the form of fee waivers, each worth £6,000, which will pay the fees of four students.

Eligibility

The scholarships are only available to full-time UK and EU students who hold an offer to study on our Investigative Journalism MA, are commencing study in Autumn 2017 and who meet the relevant eligibility criteria. You can apply for a place on the course and for a scholarship at the same time.

How to apply

Deadlines

The application process for the 2017-18 academic year is now open. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 August, 2017

However, there are only a limited amount of places on the course, and these will be filled as and when suitable candidates are selected. So you are advised to apply early.

We are likely to award the scholarships and bursaries earlier than the deadline, if the course becomes fully subscribed.

Assessment

Submissions will be judged by members of the academic course team, whose decision will be final. In relation to the Channel 4 awards, they will consult with Channel 4.

Application process for the DMU and C4 Scholarships

Candidates should submit to techadmissions@dmu.ac.uk

EITHER:

a) a video of no more than four minutes; or

b) an essay of up to 2,000 words outlining an investigative journalism project they would wish to undertake. 

The video or essay should explain what the planned investigation is, why it will be interesting to a viewer, how it could be carried out, and what ethical, regulatory, or legal challenges  the investigating journalist could expect to face.

AND

c) a personal statement of no more than 300 words explaining how the award would benefit the student, and why they are a deserving candidate for the award.

Terms and Conditions

  • For all students the scholarship will not be available in a repeat year
  • To qualify for the scholarship, you must be accepted onto the Investigative Journalism MA meeting the published academic and non-academic entry criteria. Please check course details for entry requirements
  • Be regarded as a UK or EU status student for tuition fees as assessed by DMU and Student Finance England in accordance with UKCISA guidelines:  http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/quality-management-and-policy/finance/fee-status-policy.aspx
  • The scholarship will act as a tuition fee discount to be applied at the point of enrolment
  • The scholarship is valid only for entry into the 2017/18 academic year and cannot be deferred by the applicant until a subsequent academic year
  • The scholarship element of the scholarship will be paid in instalments in line with DMU’s normal Bursary and Scholarship payment schedule
  • Applicants must have no outstanding debt with the University
  • Students in receipt of the scholarship will not be eligible for any other scholarships or awards, save for the Channel 4 living expenses bursary
  • No cash alternatives will be offered and the scholarship cannot normally be transferred to any other course at DMU or to a nominated recipient
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship offered at De Montfort University (DMU), only one will apply
  • Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the University and/or Channel 4, as appropriate
  • Scholarships are only available to students paying their own fees; sponsored students will not be eligible
  • DMU and/or Channel 4, as appropriate, reserve the right to cancel any scholarship which has been claimed fraudulently and to apply the full tuition fee
  • Where a student terminates or interrupts their studies, prior to the completion of their course, both the tuition fees and scholarship will be pro-rata, based on the student’s last date of attendance
  • DMU and/or Channel 4 reserve the right not to award any bursaries should applications not reach an appropriate standard
  • DMU and/or Channel 4 reserve the right to revise, review or withdraw any of the bursaries at any time with a notice period of two weeks

 

£20,000 Living Expenses Bursary

Channel 4 are offering two bursaries of up to £20,000 to go towards the living costs of students.

Eligibility

Please read the descriptions below carefully to see if you are able to meet the principal scheme criteria.

The bursaries are only available to full-time UK and EU students who hold an offer to study on our Investigative Journalism MA and are commencing study in Autumn 2017.

C4 Living Expenses Bursaries are aimed at:

  1. Candidates who demonstrate that they have the capacity to succeed in the industry.
  2. Candidates who would find great difficulty in undertaking the course without Channel 4’s help.
  3. Candidates from one of the targeted groups of people who are underrepresented in the industry Only applicants who have been offered a place on the course should apply for this bursary.

 

How to apply

Link - Application form

You should email the completed form to techadmissions@dmu.ac.uk together with scanned copies of any supporting documents and your supporting statement. Alternatively, you may post a copy of the form together with your supporting documents to:

Technology Student and Academic Services Team
Channel 4 Investigative Journalism Bursaries
De Montfort University
The Gateway
Leicester
LE1 9BH

Terms and Conditions

  • The C4 Living Expenses Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of Channel 4
  • To qualify for the Bursary, an applicant must be accepted onto the Channel 4 Investigative Journalism MA meeting the published academic and non-academic entry criteria. Please check MA course details for entry requirements
  • An applicant must be regarded as a UK or EU status student for tuition fees (i.e. by DMU and Student Finance England (SFE)
  • The Bursary is valid only for entry into the 2017/18 academic year and cannot be deferred by the applicant until a subsequent academic year
  • The Bursary shall not be available to any student in a repeat year
  • The Bursary shall be paid in instalments in line with DMU’s normal Bursary payment schedule
  • An applicant must have no outstanding debt to DMU
  • Students in receipt of the Bursary will not be eligible for any other scholarships or awards, save for the DMU C4 fee waiver scholarship
  • No cash alternatives will be offered and the Bursary cannot be transferred to any other course at DMU or to a nominated recipient.  Bursaries are only available to students responsible for paying their own fees; sponsored students will not be eligible
  • Channel 4 or DMU has the right to cancel any Bursary which has been claimed fraudulently
  • Where a student terminates or interrupts his/her studies prior to the completion of his/her course, then the Bursary will be reduced pro rata calculated on the basis of the student’s last date of attendance
  • Channel 4 reserves the right not to award any Bursaries should applications not meet the appropriate standard
  • Channel 4 reserves the right to revise, review or withdraw any of the Bursaries at any time upon giving 2 weeks’ prior written notice.
 
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