Aziz Foundation Scholarship:
Improving Media Diversity and Championing Inclusive Journalism

Preferred Partner Scheme 

City, University of London, are one of the Aziz Foundation’s preferred partners. These institutions:

  • actively promote Widening Participation at the postgraduate level
  • are aware of concerns of unconscious bias and address the BME attainment gap
  • provide specific cultural and social support to BME students

The Foundation is offering five masters scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year for five exceptional students actively engaged in British Muslim communities and interested in the under-representation of Muslims in the media and developing diversity in journalism. The key objective of this scholarship is to help develop a pool of Muslim journalists who can advance diversity in the media industry, improve reporting on religion and minorities in the media, and champion under-represented communities. Further, the Foundation wishes to support students who would like to pursue a career in journalism not just to benefit Muslim communities, but all communities, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The successful applicants will be selected through an interview process run by the Aziz Foundation. The scholarship will cover tuition fees only at City, University of London. Applicants do not need to hold an offer prior to applying. However, please note that admission to the programme will depend on City’s separate admissions process.  


Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be active within their local and/or Muslim faith community and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within a secular/multi-faith environment;
  • Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development and good relations work through journalism;
  • Be eligible for Home fees status at the University.
Application Process

Applications are submitted online, under the category ‘City, University of London – School of Journalism’. The application form includes questions about financial means, a vision statement of no more than 1,000 words and the names of two referees.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for a 30 minute interview to explore questions around:

  • challenges facing British Muslims;
  • vision and hopes for change;
  • personal qualities needed to succeed;
  • means test – financial barriers faced (student debt, financial commitments).

Successful applicants will show how the Masters course they wish to study increases their effectiveness in one of the following areas relating to British Muslims:
Representation and Advocacy: increase representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society
Community Development: raise aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities

Successful applicants will be supported through:

1. Leadership Support Scheme (LSS) – The LSS will offer training days and career mentors that further increase the chances of the scholars starting successful careers.

2. Aziz Scholars Association (ASA) – The ASA comprises of current scholars and alumni. It enables the scholars to synergise as well as coordinate induction and training days.

The following programmes are covered by this scheme:
  • MA Newspaper Journalism
  • MA Broadcast Journalism
  • MA Interactive Journalism
  • MA Magazine Journalism
  • MA Investigative Journalism
  • MA International Journalism
  • MA Television Journalism
Applications will open in January 2021
City Journalism Application
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