Alexia Foundation Opens Applications for Grants

Screen Shot 2012 11 28 at 10 55 41 AMThe Alexia Foundation’s web site is now taking applications for both the professional and student competitions. Deadline for the pros is Jan. 18; student deadline is Feb. 1.

From their release:

Study photojournalism in London
Alexia Scholarship pays all tuition for fall semester at Syracuse University London Program in England

Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2013.

An all-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism for a semester in London, plus a $1000 cash grant is available for the first place winner of the Alexia Foundation Scholarship and Grant Competition.

Four more awards provide partial scholarships and $500 cash grants. Scholarships are for studying photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Center in the Fall of 2013. The cash grants are given whether or not the scholarships are used, and are to be used to help produce the project that is proposed as part of the application.

All full-time students are eligible, graduate and undergrad, as long as you don’t have more than three internships or the equivalent of a year’s professional experience.

Competition rules and information are available at
The application process is online at the website and is simple. Submit a story proposal (no more than 750 words), your portfolio (no more than 20 pictures) and a resume.

The competition rules are the same for graduates and undergrads, but the scholarship program is different for undergrads than for winners who are matriculated grad students or are now graduating seniors. Undergrads take at least four classes. Grad students take only two classes.

British photographer Judah Passow teaches the photo courses in London. Winner of four World Press Photo awards for his coverage of the Middle East, Passow has been published in many of the major newspapers and news magazines in Europe and in the U.S. See his photos and bio at

The London Experience is the highlight of a photographer’s education at Syracuse University. Limited to 15 juniors, seniors, and graduate students, the London photography program offers a focused study of photography with one course covering picture essays and documentary photography. A second course includes lectures by British newspaper and wire service photographers and by American photographers on assignment in London and field trips to places such as the Royal Photographic Society, the photography departments of Reuters News Services, the Associated Press and visit to sites such as the Photographers’ Gallery.

In addition to the two required photography courses, a wide range of liberal arts courses, including comparative politics, British history, and English literature are available to complete the course load for undergraduates. Complete academic and financial information about the SU program abroad in London is at Be sure to check the drop-down menus at the top of the home page for loads of info.

For more information, please contact David Sutherland at

A reminder of my disclosure that I have worked for the foundation in the past.

Mark E. Johnson

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