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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO1383

Regional Journalism Scholarship Program

Contact Details

Director, Industry Section, department of Communication and the Arts

(02) 6271 1400



Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Close Date & Time:
10-Aug-2018 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
271001 - Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Secondary Category:
271003 - Media and Communications
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Regional Journalism Scholarships Program (the Program) will run over two financial years from 2018-19 to 2019-20. The Program was  announced as part of the Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package.

This grant opportunity is open to higher education providers, who are able to apply for grant funding to fund scholarships for new students who reside in, or have a sufficient connection to, a regional or remote area, and who satisfy the scholarship recipient mandatory criteria, to undertake journalism courses with a maximum course duration of up to four years.

A student will have a sufficient connection to a regional or remote area where:

  • the student has previously resided in a regional or remote area for a total of at least three out of the last five years; and
  • the student has completed their final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a regional or remote area.

In total, 60 scholarships will be made available to higher education providers offering journalism courses over a two-year period, with each scholarship valued at up to $40,000 (GST exclusive).

The objectives of the Program are to assist scholarship recipients to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively as journalists in the contemporary news media industry, and be job-ready at the completion of their studies.

The expected outcomes of the Program are to:

increase the number of regional and remote students undertaking journalism related courses;

  • increase the rate of completion of these students; and

  • increase the number of regional and remote students seeking employment in journalism related occupations upon completion of their studies.



To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • be a higher education provider; and
  • offer an eligible course of study

 The above criteria is just a guide. Full details of the eligibility critirea can be found in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled by 30 June 2019, and scholarships may run for up to four years.

Instructions for Application Submission:

Applications must be lodged through SmartyGrants, which can be accessed through the link provided on this webpage. Applications will not be accepted through any other format.

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Contact Details

Director, Industry Section, department of Communication and the Arts

(02) 6271 1400