The Varsity Trust

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.

An annual scholarship exists to assist one student with the cost of tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course in journalism at an approved institution. Further bursaries have also been awarded depending on need and merit to contribute towards these costs, and a series of smaller awards have been introduced to recognise excellence in various fields of journalism.

How to Apply

Applications have now close for the Varsity Trust Scholarships for the academic year 2016/17.

For further information please email


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, applicants need have no experience writing, taking pictures or broadcasting for Varsity or 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.

Catherine Alexander
Careers Adviser, Cambridge University Careers Service