The Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship


The Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship offers a fee waiver, living grant and opportunities for a professional internship for MA Radio students.

The scholarship is available to students who have been offered a place on the MA Radio programme and meet certain criteria. For example, students may be care leavers or have a long-term health condition or specific learning difficulty.

The scholarship consists of:

  • £5,000 fee waiver
  • £5,000 London living grant
  • 4 week paid internship at the BBC

Jay Merriman-Mukoro

43 year old Jay Merriman-Mukoro was a brilliant creative radio and television programme maker who won a BBC scholarship to attend the MA Radio Programme in 2003-2004. In April 2014 he lost his life in a drowning accident in Barbados just after beginning lecturing at Goldsmiths in sound and visual storytelling.

In his career, Jay travelled the world from Africa to the USA to make programmes that gave voice to people not normally seen and heard. Jay combined a devotion to radio and sound with visual creativity. Jay’s legacy has been an inspiration for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) media workers in Britain. 

Applying for the scholarship

To apply for the scholarship you need to have applied and been offered a place on the MA Radio programme for the academic year 2019-20.

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You left school before the age of 18 and did not resume your education for at least three years;
  • You have a recognised impairment, long-term health condition, or specific learning difficulty, and can provide documentary evidence of this
  • You were a care leaver on application to undergraduate study at university – (Someone who had been in the care of your local authority for a period of 13 weeks or more, including during your 16th birthday) and you can provide evidence of this
  • Your socio-economic circumstances make it impossible for you to be able to afford the fees and undertake full-time enrolment on the programme. You will need to provide evidence of this. See the application form (doc) for more information.

All applicants will be required to write 500 words on how interested you are in using radio and multimedia creatively to tell stories about disadvantaged communities.  

Winners of the scholarship will attend an award event and have their Creative Radio programmes hosted on Jay Merriman-Mukoro’s memorial website. 

Application form and deadline

To apply for this scholarship download the Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship application form (doc).

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 31 July 2019

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email Richard Shannon.

Please note that Goldsmiths cannot guarantee the delivery of internship offers from outside media employers and such offers can be withdrawn and terminated at any time at the discretion of the employing host organisation.