The Jacob and Charlotte Kahane Scholarship

If you are passionate about journalism and have the will to succeed, this scholarship can provide financial assistance towards your study costs.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides up to $7000 for one year.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be enrolled full-time in the BP220 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program at RMIT in 2017
  • be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for your journalism studies
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete
  • not have completed the same or higher level of program, e.g. if you plan to study a Bachelor of 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

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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.


Coursework Scholarships Office

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.

Successful candidates will be notified by 31 March 2017.Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer letter by 31 March 2017, your application has been unsuccessful.