Jacob and Charlotte Kahane Scholarship

For students enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program; worth up to $8,000.

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This scholarship provides up to $8,000 per year ($4,000 per semester) for the standard full-time duration of program.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be enrolling full-time in the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BP220) program at RMIT in semester 1 and 2 2024
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete in 2024
  • 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.

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. 

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

You will need:

  • 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 of your journalistic work you have had published, or examples of your work, no more than one page in length per piece (optional)

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers prior to starting the online application.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • What current challenges do you face in your studies and how will a scholarship help you to overcome this?
  • List any past journalism achievements, e.g., if you have had any pieces published.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for Semester 1, 2024 are now closed.

It is anticipated that this scholarship will next be offered for Semester 1, 2025, with applications opening August 2024.

Applications are now closed. 

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

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. Charlotte 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 Jerusalem Post, the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies and the German publication Dachauer Hefte.  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. 

Find out how to contact the 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.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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