Apply Now: Australian Indigenous Scholarship to Columbia University Summer Investigative Reporting Course

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Dart Centre Asia Pacific’s scholarship provides roundtrip economy flights, accommodation, course fees and a small contribution to living expenses in New York City.

Dart Centre Asia Pacific (DCAP) will again provide a scholarship for one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island journalist to attend the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Summer Investigative Reporting Course in New York City.

“DCAP recognises that colonisation has created a legacy of trauma for many First Nations people, and it has become daily fare for Indigenous reporters. The devastating consequences of intergenerational trauma are well documented,” said Dr. Cait McMahon, Managing Director of DCAP. “Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island journalism by the Dart Centre is entirely constant with our mission.”

The course runs from July 6 - 24, 2020. The scholarship will provide economy air fare, accommodation, course fees and a small contribution to living expenses. Past scholarship recipients include Walkley award-winning journalists Allan Clarke and Lorena Allam.

To be eligible, applicants must be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island journalists with at least five years of reporting experience. The Summer Investigative Reporting Course is for journalists worldwide who report stories, as well as editors who manage investigative projects or teams. Workshops focus on developing a major project but lessons are intended to be used by journalists in their everyday reporting.

Journalists from every media platform – newspapers, magazines, television, radio, wire services and digital news outlets – are encouraged to apply. Participants come from at least 12 different countries each year, and cover topics ranging from politics and the environment to sports and the arts to local and international news.

This workshop is not for beginners. It requires that participants have an extensive background in journalism. Participants should arrive with advanced skills in Excel and other database management programs to better utilize the data training.

Application requirements included a CV, a letter of support from a direct supervisor or manager (freelancers can submit a letter from an editor with whom they have worked), a short essay outlining experience and interest in the program, two work samples, and a complete story pitch. 

Applicants for this scholarship apply directly to Dart Centre Asia Pacific; the final decision lies with Columbia University.

Applications close at midnight on April 18, 2020.

Apply here!

Dart Centre Asia Pacific reserves the right to hold over the scholarship in the event that no suitable applicants apply.