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 are now being accepted for the Varsity Trust Scholarships for the academic year 2013/14 for those planning to undertake postgraduate study in journalism.
The deadline for receiving applications is 5PM on April 29th, 2013.
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.
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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 M J Franklin: (Chairman)
Fellow, Praelector and Director of Studies in History and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Hughes Hall. Chairman of Varsity Publications.
Prof P 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.
Mr P Davies
Assistant Professor, 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