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Cork and Dublin workshops for prospective applicants to Student Scheme announced

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund will hold information workshops for students interested in applying to the 2017 Student Scheme in Cork and Dublin.

The Cork workshop will take place at 3.00pm on Tuesday, 24th January 2017 at the Béarra Meeting Room in Áras na Mac Léinn, University College Cork. If you would like to attend the Cork workshop, RSVP to, putting “Cork workshop” in the subject line.

The Dublin workshop will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, 31st January at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.  If you would like to attend the Dublin workshop, RSVP to, putting “Dublin workshop” in the subject line.

Both workshops will be attended by representatives from Irish Aid and the Fund administrators, who will provide details of the 2017 Student Scheme, including the themes and guidelines that must be observed by applicants. They will be joined by a former recipient of the Fund who will their experience of applying to the Student Scheme, being mentored by a top Irish journalist and travelling to the developing world on assignment.

The winners of the 2017 Scheme will have the opportunity to:

  • Travel to a developing country.
  • Receive one-to-one mentoring from Foreign Policy Editor at The Irish Times, Paddy Smyth; Newstalk producer Susan Cahill; or Deputy Editor, Christine Bohan.
  • Have their projects published / broadcast across either The Irish Times, Newstalk or

Applications to the Student Scheme must be submitted online by Friday, 10th February 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview with the three mentors and a representative from Irish Aid.

Details of further regional workshops will be announced in the coming weeks via our website, Twitter and Facebook accounts. If your college is interested in hosting a regional workshop, please email, putting “Regional workshop” in the subject line.