VII Academy Workshop Scholarship

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered for a VII Academy scholarship to attend a VII workshop should complete the applications linked below. 

Available Scholarships

  • WORKSHOP: Finding Your Visual Voice October 12 - 16, 2019

    with Sara Terry

    This 5-day workshop about the emotional and sub-conscious content of photos–about how to make photos that come from that place, and that help truly define your own voice as a photographer. It is NOT a workshop about making “good” photos. It’s about setting aside technical know-how–and the obstacles that often come with that–to access intuitive, reflective ways of working that will lead you to make photos that only you can make.

    Requirements: None; open worldwide.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship to this workshop.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 13, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Human Stories: Finding the Personal: October 1-6, 2019

    with Ed Kashi & Ilvy Njiokiktjien

    This 6-day workshop in Rotterdam will give you the opportunity to learn about visual storytelling of human stories. Telling personal stories and connecting with the human element is what draws many people into photography in the first place, but telling personal stories can be difficult. In this workshop, you will strengthen your personal vision and work on an ongoing or new project.

    Requirements: None; open worldwide.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship to this workshop.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 16, 2019
  • The Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice (2019 / 2020)

    Hosted by the VII Academy

    Our partner, the VII Academy, is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 dedicated to young professional photographers from the wider Balkan region.

    Over a period of nine months, this interdisciplinary seminar will be led by instructors and VII Photo Agency members Dr. Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic and will be complemented with a series of sessions by leading journalists, designers, writers, editors, and photographers.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship to this workshop.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 17, 2019
  • Seeing the Light: Photography Unplugged: September 23 - October 12, 2019

    Hosted by the VII Academy

    Our partner the VII Academy is sponsoring three intensive weeks of lectures, discussions, practice, screenings, photography and physical and mental exercises, taught by VII’s Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz and designed to raise the level of all aspects of your photographic practice.

    Eligible applicants must be citizens and residents of Asia Pacific non-G20 countries. 

    Please note the cut off for applications is 23:59 at GMT -4 on August 19, 2019.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship to this workshop.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 19, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Rising Fast: Africa’s Changing Urban: Spaces September 14 - 21, 2019

    with Nichole Sobecki and Danny Wilcox Frazier

    The 8-day Rising Fast workshop explores the changing realities of Nairobi, Kenya, one of the world’s fastest-growing urban spaces. Contrary to reductive stereotypes of Africa, Kenya is riding a strong economy, a youth-driven cultural awakening and a dynamic tech scene coined the “Silicon Savannah.” Huge challenges remain however: widespread poverty, poor infrastructure, human rights abuses and political tumult. Does the “Africa Rising” narrative holds up, and how are people’s lives being impacted on the ground?

    Please note this scholarship is for tuition and accommodation in Nairobi for the duration of the workshop.

    Requirements: To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship to this workshop.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 20, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Australia: November 10 - 15, 2019

    with Ash Gilbertson and Gary Knight

    Join Gary Knight and Ashley Gilbertson in this 6-day workshop as they push you–kicking and screaming at times–beyond your comfort zone. They’ll guide you to capture more emotion in a narrative, to think anew about the image as a stand-alone image, and ideally, to rethink your approach to photography.

    Click here to apply for a scholarship to this workshop.

    Requirements: Since the VII Academy is particularly aware of the need to support indigenous communities, eligible applicants must be indigenous people of Australasia, Micronesia, Melanesia or Polynesia. We also welcome those considered refugees to those countries to apply.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: September 11, 2019

Important Information

  • All applicants must be 18 years old by the time of the workshop.
  • Scholarships are for tuition only (unless otherwise specified). Travel, accommodation, food and other expenses are not covered by the scholarships and are the responsibility of the workshop participant.

  • Certain scholarships are available to participants from specific countries, and others are to participants worldwide. Please refer to the list on this page to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
  • A Scholarship Board of the VII Academy will review all applications and determine recipients for scholarships based on workshop-specific criteria that will always include need and a commitment to visual journalism.

About the VII Academy

The strategy of the VII Academy is to promote, teach and foster high-quality international journalism by upskilling emerging professionals and students on scholarship from the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business and entrepreneurship, thereby enabling in the long term a culture whereby the information narrative is democratized.

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Manville, NJ

+1 646-694-8447

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  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Mary Gelman
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Nichole Sobecki


  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Eric Bouvet
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Seamus Murphy
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Espen Rasmussen
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • Tomas van Houtryve
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Taha Ahmad
  • Forough Alaei
  • Ali Arkady
  • Zinyange Auntony
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Fabiola Ferrero
  • Swarat Ghosh
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Christopher Lee
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
  • Fred Ramos
  • Prin Rodriguez
  • Valentina Sinis
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
  • Mathias Svold
  • Nolan Ryan Trowe