The Jacob and Charlotte Kahane Scholarship

If you are a full-time journalism student and have at least one year of your program left to complete, this scholarship could provide financial assistance towards your study costs.

Applications now open.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides up to $8000 for the standard full-time duration of program.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BP220) program at RMIT
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete
  • not have completed the same level of program or higher, e.g. if you plan to study a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), you should not have previously completed another bachelor degree.

Preference will be given to students with a Jewish background. Students with a non-Jewish background are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply

The online application form will be provided here once applications open.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide (PDF, 218kb, 2 pgs) which outlines acceptable forms of supporting documentation.

You will need:

  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic, dated no more than three months ago to support the statements you have made in your application. To assist the academic provide them with Writing a Scholarship Letter of Recommendation for a Student (PDF 156kb, 1p) for tips and guidance.
  • If you are a student from a Jewish background, you must provide evidence of your Jewish heritage, e.g. a letter from your rabbi (if applicable)
  • If you have studied at a tertiary institution other than RMIT, please upload a copy of your academic transcript (if applicable).
  • Up to three pieces you have had published or examples of your work, no more than one page in length per piece (optional).

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. Once you have completed a question online, you cannot go back and modify your response(s). The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
  • List any past journalism achievements, e.g. if you have had any pieces published.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Open date

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Close date

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Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Conditions (PDF 464kb, 30p)

Further information

This scholarship was created in memory of Jacob and Charlotte Kahane. Charlotte Kahane was a former RMIT University student, graduating with a Diploma of Arts (Journalism) in 1978. She faced many challenges during her lifetime but ultimately lived a rewarding and successful life. She was born on 30 October 1926 in Lutsk in the western Ukraine. She was the only member of her immediate family to survive the Holocaust. Following the war she met and married Jacob Kahane and in 1950 they both immigrated to Australia from Germany.

A well-known author and journalist, Charlotte Kahane worked for the Australian Jewish News for 12 years and her articles were also published in the The Jerusalem Post, The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies and the German publication DachauerHefte. Her published writing added to the body of work recording Holocaust-related testimonies, accounts and autobiographies and includes two books – The Survival of German Jews during the Holocaust and Rescue and Abandonment: the Complex Fate of Jews in Nazi Germany. She had completed the research for and commenced writing her third book but sadly it was not completed prior to her death on 24 November 2011. In her will, Charlotte Kahane left a bequest to RMIT University to establish a scholarship for students undertaking undergraduate studies in journalism, with a preference for Jewish students.


Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student email account. Students not receiving an email of scholarship offer have been unsuccessful.

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