Clare Atkinson Memorial Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Scholarship value $5000
Number awarded 1
Opening date 20 February 2020
Closing date 6 March 2020


After graduating in 2006, Clare Atkinson quickly became a prominent voice in the crowded journalism landscape, and for the next 8 years her career was intense, diverse, and bold. Ms. Atkinson worked first with Germany’s national broadcaster Deutsche Welle, before returning home to work at the ABC and SBS, while writing for The Guardian, Huffington Post and more.

Ms Atkinson was diagnosed with terminal secondary liver cancer in 2014. Over the next 18 months she used her platform to help others, was interviewed by the BBC, and wrote numerous articles passionately advocating for young people affected by cancer.

Image: Clare Atkinson

Ms Atkinson passed away on 22 June 2016 at the age of 31.

As passionate Journalism undergraduates at UQ, Clare and her good friend Shannon Molloy re-established the Journalism Student Association. In 2017 Shannon came back to UQ with an idea: to honour the legacy of his late friend with The Clare Atkinson Memorial Scholarship.

“Clare’s death had a profound impact on me, as it did all of her loved ones. This program is a tribute to her, her career and her zest for life,” Mr Molloy said. 

The Clare Atkinson Memorial Scholarship will empower journalism students to dive headfirst into the industry, make the most of the profound impact they can have on our public discourse. It supports students who demonstrate the commitment to journalism that Clare displayed throughout her life.


An applicant is eligible for the Scholarship, if the applicant -

  • submits an application to the Associate Dean by the closing date for applications
  • has completed the first year of an Approved Program 
  • holds a GPA of at least 4.5
  • is enrolled full-time in Approved Program
  • does not hold another scholarship that the Associate Dean considers to be similar
  • has not previously received the Scholarship.

Additional benefits

The purpose of the scholarship is to support journalism students taking a series of internships with major media organisations in Sydney. The funding provided by the scholarship will offset the opportunity cost of the student undertaking the internships by providing travel and accommodation assistance during this time.

The successful applicant must be available for travel to Sydney between the 22nd of June – 24th of  July, 2020.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

Application is by resume and either a 500 word cover letter OR a 5 minute video (on private YouTube or Vimeo platform) that details:

  • How you have demonstrated a commitment to the discipline of Journalism and
  • How you intend to contribute to Journalism through your career

Please send your application to: by 5pm, March 6, 2020 

Selection criteria

The Scholarship is awarded to the applicant showing greatest merit as demonstrated by –
(a) academic achievement; and
(b) personal qualities, including leadership potential; and
(c) any other matter that the selection committee considers to be relevant to the applicants future success in the journalism profession.
(3) The selection committee may decide to interview short-listed applicants.

Applications are closed.


School of Communication and Arts
(07) 3365 2552
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Conditions for Scholarship
(a) The Scholarship is tenable for the duration of the recipients’ internship(s) and will be paid upfront in one instalment once the recipient has provided evidence of being accepted for the internship(s).
(b) The Scholarship holder must, within 3 months of completing the internship, submit a written report of approximately 1,000 words on their internship experience and the benefits derived from the holding of the Scholarship. In addition, the Associate Dean may require the Scholarship holder to deliver a lecture or seminar.

The recipient may apply to the Associate Dean to have their Scholarship deferred for up to one year in exceptional circumstances.


Approved Program means an undergraduate Journalism program including dual degree
Associate Dean means the Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Scholarship means the Clare Atkinson Memorial Scholarship

Applications are closed.