The Indigenous Journalists Association (IJA) and AAJA are offering two $5,000 scholarships to help offset the cost of internships, tuition, student loans or journalism training. Administered by the Indigenous Journalists Association, the fund was established in 2022 in partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association’s Pacific Islander Task Force. These scholarships were created by the AAJA Pacific Islander Task Force with support from The Omidyar Group.

The IJA / AAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship Fund is intended to grow the number of Pacific Islander journalists and support their success. Scholarships are intended to help Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, particularly Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians, pursue careers in journalism, especially in the U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands. The goal is to strengthen the journalistic skills of Pasifika to improve Oceania representation and storytelling in the news media industry.

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Deadline: May 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. HST

The scholarship is made possible thanks to the AAJA Pacific Islander Task Force, The Omidyar Group, and the Naive American Journalists Association. 

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IJA serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. IJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, IJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. IJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. IJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility. Learn more about IJA here.


The Pacific Islander Task Force was created within AAJA in an effort to increase engagement, understanding, and awareness of AAJA’s Pacific Islander membership.  The task force aims to represent the Indigenous peoples of Oceania, comprised of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. In addition, the task force develops tools to help journalists covering Pacific Islanders/Pacific island communities to ensure fair and accurate coverage. Learn more here.

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