The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine

Final year university students and recent graduates aged 26 years or under with big dreams of carving out a career in the competitive television industry: this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Established in 2013 with support from media executive and award-winning TV producer Anita Jacoby to recognise the legacy of her father Phillip Jacoby – a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industry.  This scholarship offers applicants the chance to learn from some of Australia’s leading news and current affairs journalists and producers.

The scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $10,500 to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship.

2019 applications have closed. The winner will be announced at the Mid-Year Celebration on June 26.

The prize

Over 14 weeks, the Jacoby-Walkley scholarship winner develops knowledge, understanding and experience of the media industry with a range of top media organisations. This includes:

  • A ten-week placement within the Nine News Television and Digital in Sydney, including four weeks at 60 Minutes, two weeks in the Nine newsroom, two weeks at 9news.com.au and two weeks split between A Current Affair and Today
  • A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead up to (and including) the 64th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism
  • A place in an AFTRS TV Unit course programmed by AFTRS Open

The successful applicant receives a stipend  to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship. The 2019 scholarship will run from end of August 2019 – November 28, 2019. Please note the scholarship is a full-time (Mon-Fri) commitment.

Application fee

There is no entry fee to the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria includes the following:

  • A demonstrated passion for TV journalism
  • An excellent academic record
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • Excellent presentation, research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Microsoft Office and G Suite
  • The ability to work in a busy environment
  • Work experience or contribution to wider community projects will be viewed favourably

Find the full selection criteria here.

Submission material

You will need the following items to complete your online application:

  • 1 x copy of your academic transcript
  • 1 x copy of your current CV
  • 3 x examples of your best work

In the form, you will also be asked questions about why you are applying and what you hope to receive from this opportunity. Don’t panic though – you can save your progress as you go along, and can return to the application form if you need more time.

Terms and conditions

Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia aged 26 years or under.

They must also either be enrolled in journalism or communications studies at an Australian university. Recent graduates may also apply.

Shortlisted applicants must be available to be interviewed in person by the judging panel in the week commencing June 3, 2019. The applicant must also be available to undertake the 14-week scholarship in Sydney from the end of August to November in the application year.

Please read the full terms and conditions here.

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

Past winners (and where they are now)

Congratulations to the joint winners of the 2018 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship:

Benjamin Ansell, The University of Melbourne

Amber Schultz, Monash University

See the full announcement of the 2018 mid-year award winners here.

View all the 2018 finalists here.

2018 Judges: Jenny Brockie, Ross Coulthart, Dan Ilic, Anita Jacoby, Tom Krause, Hamish Macdonald and Alex Needs.

Amber Schultz (2018 joint winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney.

Benjamin Ansell (2018 joint winner) is a journalist for 9news.com.au (Melbourne).

Lydia Bilton (2017 winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney.

Taylor Denny (2016 winner) is a video producer for Ten Daily.

Annalise Bolt (2015 winner) is an associate producer at 9 News Sydney.

Kirrily Schwarz (2014 joint winner) is commercial content editor for News Corp Australia.

Megan Stafford (2014 joint winner) is working in communications.

Will Mumford (2013 winner) is a digital producer and reporter for SBS Dateline.