OTHER SCHEMES In addition to our Masters Scholarships Programme, we offer a range of scholarships through industry partners.

Journalism and Diversity Fund (JDF)

The Aziz Foundation continues to support aspiring British Muslim journalists, most recently through becoming a sponsor of the NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF).

The JDF enables the professional development and training of young journalists from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds through its bursary awards. Since its founding, the JDF has provided financial assistance to over 400 students undertaking NCTJ-accredited courses.

For more information from the NCTJ, please see here. For more information on the JDF and to apply, see here.

Willowbrook Farm Bursaries

We are providing bursaries to cover a number of courses delivered by Willowbrook Farm on sustainable farming and agriculture.

Willowbrook is the UK’s first Halal Farm and advances the practice of responsible stewardship. Its ethos commits it to take seriously the role of steward for God’s creation, to produce food naturally and sustainably – and to be grateful for the food received.

To apply:

  • Create an account on the scholarships portal
  • Click on ‘Start Application’
  • Choose ‘Willowbrook Farm Bursaries’ from the Category drop down menu
  • Choose the appropriate course from the second Category drop down menu
  • Complete all sections and then submit

NCTJ - Certificate in Foundation Journalism by Distance Learning

This level 3 qualification is ideal for those looking for an introduction to journalism, or those wishing to use journalistic skills for a specific purpose, such as blogging.

Once enrolled on the course, you will receive access to the e-learning site, where you will be able to access your multimedia learning materials, join learner forums and access tutor support.

To gain the qualification, you must achieve a minimum of 25 credits, including the five mandatory units (see the units below).


How to study the Certificate in Foundation Journalism

This qualification, and its individual units, are available to study with the NCTJ via distance learning. Click here to find out more.

Achievement of the qualification attracts a UCAS tariff of 16 points which may be used towards accessing higher education courses.

For those wishing to go on to a career in journalism, study at foundation level is unlikely to lead directly to a job with a news organisation. However, successful study at foundation level is likely to give candidates a “head start” when it comes to studying for an apprenticeship and/or the Diploma in Journalism.


Entry requirements

Learners must be 16 or older. A level 4 or A-C grade in GCSE English is recommended.


How to Apply for an Aziz Bursary

  1. Apply for a place on the course through the NCTJ (see here)
  2. Create an account at https://azizfoundation.scholarshipsplatform.com/
  3. Click on Start Application
  4. Choose ‘Certificate in Foundation Journalism – NCTJ’ from the Category drop down menu
  5. Complete all sections, attach your CV and any writing samples and then submit


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis