Summer Scholarships

Media Diversity Australia’s Summer Scholarships


MDA is calling for expressions of interest from journalism students in their final or second-last year of media/communications who are keen to get industry experience at a mainstream media outlet over the summer break.

  • The purpose of the project is to place five journalism students from three tertiary institutions at five different mainstream media outlets.

  • The scholarship recipients will receive a weekly stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship. 

  • The seven-week scholarship will take place during the summer university break in January/February 2020, on a full-time basis. 

  • Scholarships commence on Monday 6 January  and conclude on Friday 21 February.

  • The scholarship recipients will be mentored and supported by an MDA project manager. 

  • MDA has partnered with Griffith University, RMIT and UTS for the program.

  • Scholarships will take place at one outlet for the duration of the placement.

  • Participating media organisations where scholarship recipients will be placed include New York Times, Courier Mail, Network 10, and Nine Entertainment Co.

  • Applicants need to be final-year communications/media students (entering final year of study in 2020).

  • Communications/media students from Griffith University, RMIT or UTS can apply by sending an email to with the subject line EOI Summer Scholarship.

  • In 500 words or less please tell us a bit about you, any media industry experience you’ve had, what media mediums you are most interested in working, and why you should be an MDA summer scholar.

  • Please also attach a CV and one written reference.

  • Applicants may wish to include if they speak a language other than English, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, were born overseas, or have a parent born overseas, or live with a disability.

  • Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 October and successful candidates will be announced in late November after an interview process.