Scholarships for Journalists

The challenge however has been that over 95% of media workers have never received any level of formal training. While opportunities are being sought by media workers to expand their horizons and pursue formal studies, the avenues have been minimal, though some doors have been opened and aspiring journalists have left our shores for overseas colleges and universities, on full undergraduate scholarships.

It is therefore good news for the profession that another organization has recently announced that scholarships are available for the pursuit of post graduate studies, designed to further enhance the capabilities of local media practitioners

The latest scholarship opportunity that is being made available to full time staff of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s (CBA) member organizations is through the Chevening Scholarships Programme, in partnership with the CBA, the University of Westminster, University of East Anglia, City University London, International Students House and Goodenough College.

They have agreed to provide three fully funded scholarships for postgraduate media courses in the fields of media and journalism.  Eligible candidates will be full-time staff of CBA’s member organizations (full members and affiliates) from eligible developing countries, including St. Kitts and Nevis. Other Caribbean nations that may benefit include:

1.       Bahamas

2.       Barbados

3.       Cayman Islands

4.       Grenada

5.       Guyana

6.       Jamaica

7.       Montserrat

8.       St Kitts

9.       St Vincent and the Grenadines

10.   Trinidad and Tobago

The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association [CBA] is the largest global association of public service broadcasters. Its members are the broadcasters that communicate daily with the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth. The CBA continues to support and facilitate high standards of media production and broadcasting, including the promotion of arts, science and diversity, throughout the Commonwealth.

Applications are now open, the closing date is 20 January 2013, and it is likely any interviews will be conducted in April 2013.  

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