Pacific Islander Task Force Opens 2023 NAJA-AAJA Journalism Scholarship

The Asian American Journalists Association Pacific Islander Task Force is excited to open applications for the 2023 Pacific Islander journalism scholarship.

The task force created the scholarship in 2022 to support Pacific Islander students and journalists in their careers in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association

The funding is intended to help Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, including Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians, pursue careers in journalism, especially in the U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands.

The scholarship was created with support from The Omidyar Group and is administered by the Native American Journalists Association. The goal is to improve Oceania representation and storytelling in the news media industry. 

Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded this year. The funding can be used for a variety of needs, including but not limited to: 

    • Funding salary and related expenses to enable students to take summer internships at news organizations 
    • Subsidizing tuition for students who are pursuing higher education and intend to pursue journalism as a career
    • Paying student loan balances for journalists who are working at news organizations 
    • Funding professional development and training opportunities 

Applications can be submitted online here. Given the broad potential uses of the money, applicants should specify how they intend to use the funds and fulfill the mission of the scholarship fund. The deadline is Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. HST.

In addition to the funding, recipients will receive membership to NAJA or AAJA.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the fund through the Native American Journalists Association here. Donors should add a note specifying the money is intended for the Pacific Islander Journalists Scholarship. 

If you have any questions about applying to this fund or making a tax-deductible donation to it, please contact Sheena Roetman at

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