The Varsity Trust is a unique venture, created by a deed dated 1 July 1992, with the principal object of furthering the education of students in journalism by the provision of funds in the form of scholarships, bursaries or grants to students attending Universities in Cambridge.
Varsity provides a unique learning opportunity for those interested in journalism and photojournalism to experience the elements of the trade in a professionally-run environment, with the same pressures of deadlines, accuracy and quality to be met as at any other publication. The Trust seeks to reward those with a passion for journalism by assisting them with their first steps into the professional world.
The Trust awards scholarships to make substantial contributions to the cost of tuition fees for one-year postgraduate courses in journalism at approved institutions. The award of Trust Scholarship recognises excellence in student journalism and the potential of the recipient to succeed in the profession. Normally a maximum of one award is made each year. Further bursaries of lower value are sometimes awarded depending on need and merit.
How to Apply
Applications are now being accepted for the Varsity Trust Scholarships for the academic year 2017/18 for those planning to undertake postgraduate study in journalism.
The deadline for receiving applications is 5PM on Monday April 24th, 2017.
To apply, please send as a single PDF file a covering letter, CV, the names and addresses of three referees and cuttings demonstrating your work in student journalism, along with a statement of approximately 250 words on your motives for becoming a journalist.
Please also include details of any other potential sources of funding and income; a detailed breakdown of how you propose to meet the fees and maintenance costs of the course is expected and should be included with all applications.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Varsity Trust Application" as the subject.
Students may apply before any offer to study has been received, but any award will be conditional of the applicant being successful in receiving an offer of study from their chosen institution and taking up a place on an approved course in journalism.
The Trustees hope to be in a position to make an election/elections in the early part of Easter term.
Submissions will be discussed by the Trustees and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.
While experience of student journalism is a pre-requisite, it is not a requirement for applicants to have experience writing, taking pictures or broadcasting for Varsity or any of its associated publications.
Applications will be accepted from members of the University of Cambridge and associated institutions and Anglia Ruskin University.
Dr Mike J Franklin: (Chairman)
Fellow, Praelector and Director of Studies in History and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Hughes Hall. Chairman of Varsity Publications.
Prof Peter Robinson
University Lecturer in Computer Science. Fellow, Praelector and Director of Studies in Computer Science, Gonville and Caius College. Director and former Business Manager, Varsity Publications.
Prof Peter Ho Davies
Chair, Hopwood Committee, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, USA. Formerly Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of Oregon, USA. Former Business Manager of Varsity Publications.
Dr Raphael Lyne
University Lecturer in English. Fellow and Director of Studies in English, Murray Edwards College.
Careers Adviser, Cambridge University Careers Service