The Australian Government UniSA Regional Journalism Scholarship 

The Australian Government UniSA Regional Journalism Scholarship will be available to commencing full-time students from a regional or remote location who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing at the University of South Australia. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $40,000 during their three year program. 

The scholarship aims to assist students from regional or remote locations 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. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria 

  • Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand Citizen living in Australia
  • academic merit based on Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
  • enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing (MBJR) 
  • commencing student with Year 12 completion
  • full-time study load
  • previously resided in a regional or remote area for a total of at least three out of the last five years
  • completed the final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a regional or remote area
  • submission of a written statement

 Application 

Applicants are required to provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) detailing:

  • reasons for studying journalism
  • details of residential location in the past five years and location of final years of schooling 
  • academic achievements (including ATAR)
  • future career goals within the journalism industry including how the scholarship would help achieve these goals
  • any financial or educational disadvantage the applicant wishes to be taken into account 

Applicants are required to provide a letter or reference from their school verifying that the applicant completed the final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a regional or remote area. 

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and content of the written statement. Preference may be given to applications from a location deemed to be ‘Remote Australia’ or ‘Very Remote Australia’ according to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard. 

Recipients are required to complete an annual written progress report and act as an ambassador for the scholarship (e.g. occasional attendance at events, and/or involvement in filming or interviews to document their journey and the impact of the scholarship). 

How to apply
Applications are accessed through myScholarships (via logging on to the myUniSA student portal). 

In addition to applying online, applicants are required to provide a written statement and letter from their school, as outlined above, to: 

Scholarships Office, Student & Academic Services, UniSA
GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
Telephone: 830 21697
Email: scholarships.prizes@unisa.edu.au 

Applicants may be required to attend a selection panel interview. 

Value: $40‚000

Scholarship funds will first be applied to tuition fees / student contribution. The remaining funds may be distributed as:

  • a placement grant
  • instalments to meet study related expenses including relocation costs, text books, computer equipment and software, travel and accommodation

For more information‚ contact:
Campus Central
Tel: 1300 301 703
Email: askcampuscentral@unisa.edu.au