Scholarships & Fellowships

For five years, the Foundation has offered scholarships and fellowships. Coupled with Awards programs like the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, these have supported early and mid-career journalists, lowered barriers to entry to the profession for a more diverse group of journalists, and helped ensure that the future of the industry is in good hands. We’re excited to roll out more opportunities in this area in the future.

“Now in its sixth year, the scholarship’s success demonstrates how the Foundation and philanthropists can effectively work together to foster and support young journalists. Our scholarship winners really are the shining lights of journalism in the future.”– Anita Jacoby, scholarship supporter and philanthropist 

The Scholarships and Fellowships program supported through the Walkley Public Fund for Journalism tackles two key areas of need affecting today’s media industry – fair representation of voices in our media and the decline in reporting of issues that affect Australia’s diverse communities.

The Walkley Foundation collaborates with our media stakeholders from all sectors of the industry to provide a program that offers increased access to a career in the media for journalists from culturally diverse backgrounds and sources placements that focus on reporting of under-reported issues of public interest such as health, environment, indigenous affairs and gender equity.


Increased career opportunities for applicants​. The program provides an opportunity to develop relationships and a network contacts that will aid them throughout their career.

Skills development for winner.​ The placement offers the winner an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in the business and develop the skills needed to help them thrive in a busy newsroom.

Tell me more

A scholarship is defined by an applicant under the age of 28 who has completed a journalism degree no longer than a year prior to the application date.

A fellowship is defined by a mid-career journalist who has worked for no longer than 5 years in the industry.

Scholarship support begins at $15,000. For further information on how you can support the next generation of journalists contact our Development Manager, Helen Johnstone. If you are interested in applying for the program please subscribe to our newsletter to receive up to date information on scholarship rounds and other opportunities at the Walkley Foundation.

Spotlight on impact

Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship

Beginning in 2013, the annual Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Channel Nine is one of the Foundation’s longest running scholarships program. The program receives on average 70 applications from aspiring young Australian journalists each year; all past winners and many finalists have gone on to paid roles in the industry (see below).   

Where are they now?

Will Mumford, 2013 winner: online producer, SBS Dateline
Kirrily Schwarz, 2014 winner: commercial content editor, News DNA (Newscorp Digital)
Annalise Bolt, 2015 winner: producer at Nine News, Perth
Taylor Denny, 2016 winner: multimedia journalist, The Australian
Lydia Bilton, 2017 winner: associate digital producer, Nine News


Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship
Further opportunities to be announced.

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Thank you to our scholarship supporters.

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