Journalism Innovation and Leadership MA/PGCert Scholarship

Type of Award: Scholarship
Year of Entry: 2024/25
Value: Value of 1 year of postgraduate UK tuition fees (up to £2800).
Study Level: Postgraduate taught


The Journalism Innovation and Leadership Programme (JILeaders) at the University of Central Lancashire is offering PGCert tuition-fee scholarships for news media professionals that are funded by Google News Initiative (GNI). Successful applicants will be highly motivated leaders eager to innovate, grow their confidence, their networks and career prospects.

The JILeaders Programme equips forward-thinking media professionals to successfully lead teams, projects, and organisations in an increasingly complex and competitive media landscape.  Successful leaders will be expected to undertake a 30-week part-time, distance learning programme: MA/PGCert Journalism Innovation & Leadership and complete the applied learning projects for two modules that comprise the Postgraduate Certificate. Participants meet online once a week and join three one-week Intensive Study Blocks online and in-person in Feb, May and October 2024.

Successful applicants will have their full tuition fee paid for.

How to apply

Applications are via email to our JILeaders team.

Please include “JILeaders PGCert Scholarship Application” and your full name in the subject line of your email.

You will be directed to complete an application form that will include a request to provide:

  • A 250-word statement that describes your daily duties, the relevance of the programme to your career, your goals for the course, and how you will apply the learning in context
  • Confirmation of your undergraduate degree in journalism or a related media subject at least 2:1 or evidence of professional journalism or media industry experience (normally five years)
  • IELTS: score of 7 or equivalent 
  • Applicants will also be interviewed either in person or via electronic means 
  • GCSEs: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or equivalent such as Level 2 functional skills in Maths and English

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30th September 2023

Interviews date:  TBC (October-November 2023)

Course start date: January 2024