Sunday, January 3, 2010

DIPLOMA IN PHOTOJOURNALISM in Manila with Scholarships


Applications for admission and fellowships are now being accepted until February 12, 2010 for the sixth offering of the Diploma in Photojournalism, the pioneering program of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ), Manila. Admission is limited to 12 students from all over the world and scholarship slots are available on a competitive basis.

The program seeks to raise the bar for photojournalism in Asia by providing comprehensive institutional training primarily to working photojournalists, journalists and editors. It is a distance learning program and the courses are offered thru a hybrid of online and face-to-face methods.

The program curriculum was jointly crafted by ACFJ, which is under the Ateneo’s Department of Communication, and the World Press Photo, the world's leading venue for competitions and training in professional press photography.

The 6 courses, which are offered online or as hybrid courses – mixture of online and on-campus sessions-- that make up the diploma program are: Fundamentals of Photojournalism, News Gathering and Writing for Photojournalists, History of Photojournalism, Visual Literacy for Photojournalists, Advanced News Photography and Photo Editing/Photo Essay. On top of these courses, a Final Portfolio will be developed by the students during the later half of the program period where portfolio advisers and reviewers are involved.

Some courses are taught entirely online, while others are taught using a blend of online and classroom teaching methods-- a strategy ACFJ has been using successfully since 2002 to bring its programs to media professionals.

Eligibility for Admission

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

1. At least one (1) full year of work experience as a photojournalist, photo-editor, photographer or journalist

2. A college graduate with an average of B or higher *

3. Proficiency in oral and written English

4. Proficiency in editing software such as Photoshop and in Internet skills

5. Access to a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera system and a computer with

Internet connection and industry-standard photo-editing programs.

* An exemption to the college degree and grade average requirement may be waived upon strong justification, to be decided upon by the screening committee.  In all cases the student must have completed at least 2nd year college.

Application Form and Supporting Documents

The application form (Form 1) must be submitted with the following documents.

a. Curriculum vitae with 2” x 2” ID photo

b. Transcript of records (college degree)

c. Certification of employment using the prescribed form (Form 2)

d. A two-paragraph statement of purpose

e. A portfolio consisting of 10-15 single photographs to be uploaded to an online photo gallery

f. A photo story of 8 to 10 photos** to be uploaded to an online photo gallery

g. Minimum of 20, maximum of 30 digitized tear sheets of works published during the work period, scanned/uploaded to an online photo gallery and/or links to published work online

**Only if available.

To be considered for screening, applicants must submit the completed application form and all required support documents.  Applicants must keep copies of all documents submitted.  ACFJ reserves the right to keep or otherwise dispose all materials submitted six months after the start of the program.


The ACFJ Scholarship Program seeks to support the studies of photojournalists with outstanding career records and who have a potential to contribute to good journalism in their communities, to the advocacy of responsible photojournalism, and to the dissemination of knowledge about photojournalism.

Ten scholarships will be awarded.  Five grants are full scholarships covering tuition, travel, books and miscellaneous expenses, and five are partial scholarships covering tuition and travel costs only.

Eligibility for Scholarship

An applicant must posses the following criteria to be eligible:

1. Has met the requirements for admission to the program

2. Has at least two (2) years experience as a fulltime photojournalist, photographer, or journalist

3. Has an excellent academic and professional record

4. Has qualifications which meet the aims of the scholarship program

Application Form and Supporting Documents

The Scholarship Application Form (Form 3) must be submitted with the supporting documents enumerated below.

a. A Statement of Purpose (Form 4) describing in not more than 300 words the applicant’s career plans and the contribution he/she can make to the community through photojournalism in particular, and journalism in general

b. Letter of Recommendation for Scholarship (Form 5), which must come from a person who is familiar with the applicant’s professional work

c. Employer’s Endorsement (Form 6), to be filled out by the applicant’s supervisor


Application forms and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, 12 February 2010 to the address below.  If mailed, the documents should be postmarked on the same day.

Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University

Department of Communication

3/F Social Sciences Building

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights, Quezon City

1108 Philippines

The application forms and supporting documents for both the program and the scholarships may also be e-mailed to

(These details were provided to ScholarGrant by CHERYL B. BORSOTO, Coordinator, Visual Journalism Program, Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University, +632)4266001 loc 5213)

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