Journalism Scholarships | Columbia Journalism School


The School awards about $5 million annually in scholarship for master’s-level students.  Many scholarships, including the Annual Fund, to which alumni contribute over $1 million annually, are open to all students who apply for and qualify for scholarship funding.

Scholarship Funding for Full-Time Master’s Programs in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Program M.S. in Data Journalism    M.A. Dual M.S. in Comp. Sci. & Journalism M.S.
Median Scholarship Award $110,000 $40,000 $37,500 $30,000
Percentage of students that applied for a scholarship who received one 80% 90% 100% 65%


Below are examples of some of the 180 scholarships that offer substantial financial assistance to our students:

Nikkei Fellowship – Provides full tuition and some living expenses for students who are residents of Asia who have an interest in business or data journalism.

Shobhana Bhartia Fellowship – Provides full tuition and some living expenses for students who are residents of India and enrolled in the M.S. Data Journalism or Dual M.S. Journalism-Computer Science degrees.

Toni Stabile Fellowship – Up to $50,000 for tuition to qualified students in the M.S. Stabile Investigative Program, who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need.

Maria Moors Cabot Fellowship – At least $20,000 for students interested in journalism from outside of the United States with preference for residents of Latin America. 

Li Fund for International Students – At least $60,000 for a student who is not a resident of the United States, especially for students from countries where the need is particularly great.

Barbara London Lemann Scholarship – Up to $30,000 for a student in the M.A. Arts and Culture Concentration. 

San Paolo Scholarship – Up to $94,000 annually for M.S. or M.A. students who are residents of Italy or who have a strong interest in Italian politics, society and culture.

The Walter H. Diamond and Dorothy B. Diamond International Business Fellowship – Up to $29,000 to provide scholarships for those pursuing a career in international business journalism.

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