Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Programs

A fair and trusted media is vital for a healthy democracy. Fundamental to that is ensuring that the future of the industry is in safe and trusted hands. The Walkley Foundation is committed to supporting those talented emerging journalists who will continue the legacy of ethical, fair and far-reaching reporting.

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The Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship and leadership programs coupled with Awards programs like the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, 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 announce more opportunities in this area (see below).


  • Our Watch Fellowships:  a prestigious leadership opportunity for 14 journalists to build and refine their knowledge of best-practice reporting on violence against women through a series of three retreats around the country. Applications open now. You have until November 15, 2018 to apply. Find out more and apply here.

Look out for the following opportunities in 2019:

Scholarships: How it works

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. These are fully funded placements that offer hands-on experience within a leading media organisation’s newsroom.

Hosting a scholarship winner: All placements are fully funded and administered by the Walkley Foundation. Media organisations from all sectors of the industry are invited to apply. To learn more, please click here.

Fund a scholarship: If you would like to discuss how you can support the next generation of journalists contact our Development Manager, Helen Johnstone, 0422 851 282.

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

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