International Fellowships

This program is just available for final year students of the B.A.(Media & Communications)

The Media and Communications Program at the University of Sydney is delighted to offer up to 12 internships for final year students of the B.A.(Media & Communications) degree in 2015 (pending funding outcome in July 2014).

The Fellowship program was originally developed with the aim of helping the next generation of Australian journalists gain a better understanding of specific countries.

By working within a media organisation in a specific country, students will acquire professional experience and a unique knowledge of that country and its media.

During their future careers these Fellows will be able to apply and expand this knowledge in developing a sophisticated approach to writing news about the specific country and region as well as that country's relationship with Australia.

Fellowships are offered with an English-language media organsiation in one of the following locations - Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo and China.

The Fellows will be expected to fly to their respective capital city in mid-January and undergo a one-week orientation program at the Australian Embassy or High Commission, followed by a four-week secondment at the media organisation.

At the media organisation the Fellows will be expected to work under an experienced local journalist on whatever beat they can negotiate with the senior editor. These may include city news, politics, economic affairs, social affairs, sports, and other areas of newspaper interest. Most Fellows can expect to work in more than one area during their secondments, and also to undertake sub-editing duties.

Each Fellowship will be worth $5000, from which the incumbent is expected to fund their travel, insurance, living expenses in country and all related costs. Students will be responsible for all travel arrangements, including, but not limited to, tickets, passport, visas, accommodation, inoculations, and travel insurance.

The Fellowships are only open to B.A.(Media & Communications) students at the University of Sydney who are

  • eligible to enrol in MECO3671 Media & Communication Internship in Semester 1, 2015 and
  • Australian citizens.

Host Organisations

Thailand, Bangkok funded by Australia Thailand Institute

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur funded by Australia Malaysia Institute

Korea is funded by Australia Korea Foundation

Japan, Tokyo funded by Australia Japan Foundation

People's Republic of China, funded by Australia China Council



Please visit our blog Parallax for reports, reflections, photos and videos from 2010 to 2014 Fellows.

Application procedure

You must complete the application form (contact the Undergraduate Internship Coordinator) along with:

  • Proof of Australian citizenship (Copies of birth certificate, passport or citizenship papers)
  • An updated CV
  • Samples of any published work
  • Supporting statement addressing the selection criteria below (no more than 500 words)

Selection criteria:

  • thoughtful reasons for wanting this placement
  • demonstrated interest in and some knowledge of the country you wish to go to: its culture, politics, history and/or geography.
  • demonstrated interest in making journalism your career
  • demonstrated capability and self-reliance, to manage budget and arrangements with minimal support.
  • Academic achievement may be used as a deciding criterion if the selection committee is unable to reach a decision on the basis of the above criteria.


A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed in mid October by the selection committee.

Up to twelve applicants will be offered Fellowships solely at the discretion of the selection committee. Successful applicants will be notified in writing, and must be ready to travel in the second or third week of January 2015 and return to university by March 2015.
Some of the host organisations require the Fellows to undertake a criminal record check before they will allow you to work in their premises.


You may wish to discuss the Fellowships further with the Undergraduate Internship Coordinator (phone: 9351 6886) before applying.