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Scholarship Awards


SAJA is pleased to award $3,000 to 10 students who are pursuing journalism across the United States. They are talented individuals who show a lot of promise and we are excited to support their growth! 

To mark our 30th anniversary, we increased our scholarship awards from $20,000 to $30,000! You can support us by making a donation.

Read about our recipients:

Gagan Deep Singh, is a journalist with the BBC News in Punjab, India. He has reported extensively on the criminal justice system, drugs, human rights violations, corruption in the public sector, and the issues concerning the Sikh community. In 2022, Gagan was awarded the prestigious Alfred Friendly Press Partners fellowship at Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia. He was hosted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper during his fellowship program. Prior to the BBC, Gagan worked with the Hindustan Times, a leading English newspaper in India, for five years in Punjab. He will be pursuing M. A. (Politics Concentration) at the Columbia Journalism School, New York.

Sanvi Bangalore is a senior at American University in Washington D.C. and is studying business administration and journalism in the honors program. She is part of the summer 2024 newsroom intern class at The Wall Street Journal, serving as an editorial intern with the Careers and Workplace team. She has previously interned for CNN, where she assisted in the production of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Through a past internship with CBS MoneyWatch, Sanvi covered artificial intelligence, corporate wrongdoing, housing and other business topics. She has also reported local news with, where she covered D.C. crime and politics.

Ananya Chetia is a recent graduate from the University of Richmond, where she served as an Executive Co-Editor of the student newspaper, The Collegian. She is extremely excited to be attending Columbia University this fall and pursue her Master's in Data Journalism! She has written for publications such as Inside Climate News and the Washington Business Journal's offshoot publication, Richmond Inno. Thanks to the Pulitzer grant, Ananya will travel to Assam, India this summer and report on how climate change impacts students of flood affected regions from accessing their education. Outside of reporting, Ananya loves traveling and eating her mother’s pulao.


Hussain Khan is a writer, journalist, and audio producer with roots in Pakistan and Canada. He fell in love with stories from his naani during Karachi blackouts and his experiences wandering Canadian libraries, cinemas, and comic book shops. Hussain shifted from urban planning to journalism after discovering This American Life during a failed academic year. Since then he has produced grant-winning podcasts for Telus StoryHive and HotDocs. Currently, he studies audio and narrative journalism at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and is a summer fellow at KALW Public Media. Outside of work, Hussain enjoys rock climbing and exploring Oakland, California.

Fatima Khan is an investigative journalist from India. She covers national politics, social justice, and hate crimes. She specializes in both documentaries as well as feature writing. She has won the prestigious International Press Institute award (2022) for her Covid coverage. She has also won the United Nations Laadli award and the Human Rights and Religious Freedom award, among others. Besides her daily reporting, she has been working on a reportage book on the political churn among Muslim women in India. Fatima will be pursuing MA Political Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.

Khadeejah Khan is an incoming freshman at University of California, Davis majoring in Asian American Studies. Being from the Bay Area, her community has inspired her to use journalism as a way to represent the vibrant communities and movements for justice. Khadeejah's work has been featured in KQED, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Daily Californian. Her passion for journalism developed with a strong desire to represent underrepresented communities as a Muslim, South Asian writer. Through storytelling, Khadeejah aspires to tell stories that creates empathy and challenges power dynamics.

Eiman Mir is an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She plans on studying Statistics and Biology. Eiman is the Online Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper. Eiman was named the 2024 Wisconsin Student Journalist of The Year by the JEA.

Pragathi Ravi is an independent journalist covering climate justice, energy transitions and natural resource governance in India. She is a recent grantee of the Pulitzer Centre, and her reportage has also been supported by the Earth Journalism Network and Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is an incoming student at New York University, where she will be pursuing the Science Health and Environment reporting Program this Fall, in the hopes of grounding her practice in climate science. Her work can be found here. When not writing, she enjoys long walks and 80s rock.

Nur Hossain was born and raised in Chattogram, Bangladesh. He is currently pursuing a master's in journalism at University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his bachelor's in Sociology from University of Dhaka. He studied for two semesters in journalism at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania in 2019-2020 session under Community College Initiative (CCI) Program, a 10-month exchange program funded by US Department of State. He also worked for the leading daily "Prothom Alo" in Bangladesh, as a sub-editor between 2021 and 2023. Prior to that, he served as university correspondent at "Daily Sun", an English daily of Bangladesh. He is highly passionate about writing and sees himself using journalism to bring about changes in society. His hobbies include reading books and long-form news stories.

Fahima Degia, Columbia University



Malik Irfan, Waheeja

(Writer and Editor

National Geographic)

Ahmed, Waqas

(Reader Revenue Analytics Fellow


Manve, Vishal

(Staff Editor

Fletcher Security Review)

Gardizy, Anissa

(Digital Producer and Reporter

Boston Globe Media)

Salam, Erum

(Freelance Writer and Digital Producer

Independent Journalist)

Selvaraj, Sanjana

(Junior Associate Producer

Corazon Oscuro Productions)

Soumya, Monga

(High School Journalism Student

Los Angeles Times)

Dinesh, Shradha


The Blaze)

Panjwani, Haya

(Legislative Fellow

NPR's Texas Newsroom)

Devulapalli, Sriharsha

(Data Journalist


2020 Awardees

Bokhari, Nadia Batool

(Journalist, Educator, Interpreter

Brooklyn Public Library)

Chatterjee, Mohar

(Newsroom Engineering Intern

The Washington Post)

Elidrissi, Rajaa

(Associate Editorial Producer


Ghimire, Sandesh

(Graduate Student Instructor

University of Minnesota)

Karim, Tausif Sanzum

(Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Maine)

Khan, Fazil

(Multimedia Journalist


Tejani, Quratulain

(Journalist, Producer, Media Entrepreneur


2019 Awardees

Bhat, Suhail

(Sector Specialist


Handagama, Sandali

(Editorial Intern

Coin Desk)

Hasham, Nusrat


South Asian Journalists Association)

Khanal, Samipa

(Outreach Intern

Women's Federation for World Peace USA)

Malpani, Aashna

(Reporter and Visual Journalist

Berkeley Food Network)

Nigam, Sanjana

(Freelance Consultant


Rafiquiddin, Sania


Independent Journalist)

Chaturvedi, Namrata

Sarhan, Salma

2018 Awardees

Ali, Mohammad


The Hindu)

Arikhara, Anakha

(Script Writer

The Better India)

Hazra, Anika

(Conservations Communcations Coordinator

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

Joshi, Apoorva

(PhD Candidate

Michigan State University)

Kaur, Ravleen

(Anchor/ Correspondent

Rajya Sabha TV)

Nasir, Salina

(Strategic Business Partner

EOS IT Management Solutions Ltd)

Rathi, Nandini

(Graduate Teaching Assistant

New York University)

Runwal, Priyanka

(Data Journalist

The New York Times)

Sundaresh, Jaya

(Editor in Chief

Them & Us Media)

Vora, Priyanka

(Digital Journalism

Business Insider)

2017 Awardees

Kandala, Satya

(Writer, Journalist, Content Creator


Khan, Mehrunisa

(Broadcast Journalist

Geo News)

Khan, Raqshan

(Graphic Designer

Break the silence against Domestic Violence)

Madhav, Tara

(Travers INFORUM Fellow

Commonwealth Club of California)

Parthasarthy, Padmini

(Editorial Assistant

University of California Press)

Raisa, Antaki

(Research Assistant

University of Florida)

Shetty, Disha

(Associate Editor


2016 Awardees

Awal, Kazi Elman

(Designer/ Developer

The San Francisco Chronicle)

Baronia, Nitisha

(Payton Fellow

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.)

Dutt, Aruna

(Associate Producer


Kaushik, Sudanshu

(Executive Director

North American Association of Indian Students)

Malhotra, Aditi

(Independent Journalist


Mayer, Aditi

(Community Lead & Council Member

Intersectional Environmentalist)

Rashid, Jasmine

(Director of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships

Candide Group)

Root, Pathik



Shastri, Devi

(Statewide Higher Education Reporter

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Walker, Nani Sarah

(Writer/ Director

Los Angeles Times)

Varghese, Elizabeth

2015 Awardees

Ali, Hasan


The Nation)

Datar, Sourabh Shree

(Data Journalist

The Nation)

Iqbal, Naveed


The Indian Express)

Jeyathilagar, Prashanth Perumal

(Editorial Page Writer

The Hindu)

Khan, Aysha


Religion News Services)

Khan, Zainab

(Audience Strategy Editor

The New York Times)

Kudva, Sonali

(Assistant Professor

University of Tampa)

Mehrotra, Karishma


The Indian Express)

Nagendran, Sushma Udipi

(Brand Marketing


Naqvi, Raza


Zero Point Zero Production Inc)

Paliwal, Ankur

(Contributing Editor

Business Standard)

Patil, Anushka

(Social Strategy Editor

The New York Times)

Prasad, Aryanna

(Staff Writer

Sports Illustrated)

Rao, Sonia


The Washington Post)

Salhotra, Pooja

(Editorial Assitant

The Buzz Magazine)

Sarah, Lakshmi

(Digital Producer


Singh, Angad

(Video producer and Journalist

VICE News)

Islam, Mahmud Johra

2014 Awardees

Auer, Soraya

(Documentary Filmmaker

BBC News)

Chowdhury, Radhiya


St. Joseph Communications, Media Group)

Dhir, Rajeev



Fernando, Jeyanidhi

(Event Runner

Women In Automotive, LLC)

Gupta, Tara

(Founder CEO


Jain, Tanya

(Independent Writer and Researcher


Khan, Zainab

(Audience Strategy Editor

The New York Times

Khan, Habib


The Wall Street Journal)

Oberoi, Reshmi Kauer


Columbia Journalism)

Setalvad, Ariha

(Content Strategy


Waraich, Sonia

(Staff Writer

The Times Standard)

Waseem, Fatima


The Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Zaveri, Payal

(Senior Tech Reporter

Business Insider)

Ramani, Neha

Nguyen, Dustin

2013 Awardees

Agarwal, Astha


Vedic Era)

Amir, Fareeha



Fernando, S.Noreyana

(External Affairs Associate

World Bank Group)

Ghaus, Sabrina



Jatoi, Sana

(Strategic Writing Executive

Unicef UK)

Jeelani, Mehboob

(Senior Editor

TRT World)

Khuwaja, Sarah

(Product Marketing Manager


Mahmood, Sarah

Rasul, Muzhgan Mia



Tahir, Shanze

Tilve, Priyanka

(Audio Producer

Al Jazeera Media Network)

Verma, Divya Jeswani

(Digital Video Producer


Zaveri, Mihir


The New York Times)

Zunonpari, Angela

(Writer / Community Engagement

Fresh Produce LLC)

2012 Awardees

Afredi, Sania

Atre, Sagar

Bose, Pranay

(Senior Manager

Signify Health)

Fernando, S.Noreyana

(External Affairs Associate

World Bank Group)

Joshi, Apoorva

(PhD Candidate

Michigan State University)

Khare, Nilesh

(Channel Head

Saam TV)

Karnik, Madhura

(Chief Growth Officer

Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions)

Kuchroo, Juhi, Razdan

Luthra, Shefali


Kaiser Health News)

Rashid, Tania

(Global Correspondent

NBC News)

Salhotra, Pooja


The Buzz Magazine)

Shastri, Kamna

(Features Reporter

Real Change News)

Waheed, Amina


Fault lines)

Tilve, Priyanka

(Audio Producer

Al Jazeera Media Network)

2011 Awardees

Arif, Sarosh


Tessera Editoria)

Aryal, Rukmaget

Bandyopadhyay, Survo

(Field Producer

CBS News)

Banerjee, Devin

(Senior Financial Services Editor

LinkedIn News)

Galhotra, Sumit

(Senior Communications Associate

Women Deliver)

Gunarathna, Shanika

(Senior Program Coordinator

New York University Langone Health)

Hussain, Anum

(Founder CEO


Kholi, Sonali


Los Angeles Times)

Ramanathan, Rajeswari

(Editor in Chief

The MIT Quill)

Roychowdhury, Joshua

Seshagiri, Ashwin

(Deputy Editor

The New York Times)

Shah, Ritika

(Segment Producer


Zaffar, Nadia

(News Producer

Global News)

Zaidi, Noor

(Director of Events

Host Committee)

2010 Awardees

Bhatnagar, Pearl

(Cultural Strategist

Freedom Cities)

Grewal, Harpreet Kaur

(Head of Brand Solutions


Kalra, Ashika

(Founder & Executive Director

The Vidya Project)

Malik, Swati

Mojica, Stephanie

(Writer/ Editor


Mowjood, Sharaf


The CBS Evening News)

Nayak, Malathi


Bloomberg News)

Paravastu, Sharon

(Brand Marketing Manager


Zahid, Ayesha

(Visiting Lecturer

Bahria University)

2009 Awardees

Bhandari, Bibek

(News Editor

Sixth Tone)

Jamil, Rehan

(Documentary Photographer


Jagatheesan, Ramya

(North Harrow Community Library

Managing Trustee)

Kuruvilla , Carol

(Religion Reporter

The Huffington Post)

Purthi, Priyanka

(Senior Producer / Global Content Strategy


Vaidhyanathan, Siddhartha

(Writer/ Editor

Sidvee Editorial)

Yousuf, Hani

(Writer/ Journalist


2008 Awardees

Aleem, Zeeshan



Ali, Ambreen



Ganguli, Ishani

(Recruiting coordinator


Moghe, Sonia



Sultan, Aysha

(Syndicated Columnist

St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

2007 Awardees

Herath, Anuradha


City University of New York & Pace University)

Kaphle, Anup

(Executive Editor

Rest of World)

Narang, Sonia

(Multimedia Journalist

PRI's The World and NPR stations)

Qureshi, Bilal

(Multimedia Journalist


Sharedalal, Parija

2006 Awardees

Dayal, Sumit

(Multimedia Journalist


Madan, Rubina

(Director of Audience

The New York Times)

Moghe, Sonia



Priyadarshan, Manisha

2005 Awardees

Anand, Shefali

(Writer/ Editor

The Wall Street Journal)

Latifi, Sadia

(Head of Content Strategy


Pulipaka, Balakoteswara

Nabil, Amar

2004 Awardees

Bhattarai, Abha

(National Retail Reporter

The Washington Post)

Gandhi, Unnati

(Product Counsel

Google Nest)

Mehta, Jigar

(Deputy Managing Director

Doha Debates)

Tukaram, Sarita

(Lead Educational Specialist

Educational Initiatives)

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