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2013/14 Student Scheme Now Open


Thursday, 7th November 2013

The 2013/14 Simon Cumbers Media Fund Student Scheme is now accepting applications.  The details of the scheme, which will provide funding for three students to travel to a developing country next year, were announced today by Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello T.D.

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund was established by Irish Aid in memory of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed in Saudi Arabia while working with the BBC in 2004.  The aim of the fund is to promote more and better quality coverage of development issues in the Irish media.  The student scheme, which is in its third year, is designed to give students a greater understanding of development issues.

The winning students will be funded to travel to a developing country to research and produce a media project focusing on development issues.  As part of their prize, they will receive guidance and one-to-one mentoring from journalists within three of Ireland’s leading media organisations: The Irish Times’ Foreign Policy Editor, Paddy Smyth; Newstalk Producer Susan Cahill and’s Managing Editor, Markham Nolan. Each of these publications, along with will publish the winners’ report.

Speaking about the 2013/14 student scheme, Minister Costello said:

“I am delighted to see this scheme continue for a third year. The media is an important partner for Irish Aid in raising awareness of the challenges of global poverty and hunger. This competition represents a unique opportunity for the students of Ireland to witness firsthand and report on the problems which confront communities in the developing world and how they are overcoming them.”

“I hope that many students in third level institutions throughout the country will take up the opportunity which this competition offers. I look forward to the reports, and hope the experience inspires further interest and reporting on these important issues.”

Under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund Student Scheme, students are invited to submit proposals on an issue they would like to research and report on in a developing country.  Proposals must be submitted to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund by Friday, 14th February 2014.  Full details of the scheme are available at:


Contact: Emily Kelly, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9759248