AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
This paid internship, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), places minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing at Science Magazine for 10 weeks over the summer. Interns experience what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
Abe Fellowship Program
The Abe Fellowship Program encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program fosters the development of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics and willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network. In partnership with the SSRC, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established the Abe Fellowship Program as its flagship program in 1991. The Abe Fellowship Program now includes three core elements: the Abe Fellowship, the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, and the CGP-SSRC Policy Forum.
Deadlines: Sep 1 annually (Abe Fellowship, core element 1; Sep 15 annually (Abe Fellowship for Journalists)
Above the Fray Fellowship
Above the Fray, a fellowship in conjunction with NPR, is the keynote program of the John Alexander Project. The fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist, with at least three but no more than five years' professional experience, the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. The fellow will be selected based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR. The program seeks candidates who combine the depth of traditional journalism with the technical innovation of new media and who express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism
The Nieman Foundation, with funding from the Abrams Foundation, will support up to three fellowships in the 2018-19 academic year for U.S. journalists working in local news. The fellows will spend two semesters at Harvard, followed by up to nine months working in the field on a public service journalism project. This pilot fellowship program grew out of a shared belief by the two foundations that public service fact-based local and regional investigative journalism is a vital component in a healthy democracy and is in need of new and creative means of support.
Deadlines: Feb 15, 2018
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellowships
The Media Fellowship program of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada offers up-and-coming and established journalists the opportunity to spend time in Asia, researching and preparing stories. The program aims to help Canadian journalists to become better informed about this dynamic part of the world in order to write and broadcast insightfully on Asia and the Canada-Asia relationship. The Foundation will award up to three fellowships valued at up to $10,000 each. The Media Fellowships are a component of the Foundation's Research Grants Program, funded through the proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada.
Deadline: Mar 31, 2017
Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships
The East-West Center's Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) program was initiated in 1998 for the purpose of strengthening understanding between Asia and the United States through study, dialogue and field study in the Asia Pacific for American journalists. Each program offers opportunities for six to eight senior American broadcast, print, and online journalists to participate.
Deadline: By invitation only
Berkeley Advanced Media Institute Workshops
At the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Institute provides digital media workshops and custom training programs for career professionals in the art of multimedia storytelling, video, photography, social media, data visualization and digital publishing, across multiple platforms. Expanding on the initiatives that the Knight Digital Media Center had developed, now offered are a widening array of well-priced training programs, open to all with interest.
Blue Earth Alliance Photo Projects
Blue Earth Alliance sponsors photography projects that educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, or current topics of social concern. If your project meets this mission, you are invited to apply for sponsorship. Blue Earth is a 501(c)3, so projects are eligible to receive tax deductible contributions from foundations and individuals. Blue Earth provides assistance with organization, raising funds, publishing and publicity. Blue Earth Alliance does not make direct grants to sponsored projects.
Deadlines: Jan 20 and Jul 20 annually
Heinrich Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Media Fellowships
Each year, the HBF sponsors a select number of journalists from the US and Europe for a five-day transatlantic trip to research stories relevant to the foundation’s work on climate and energy policy, democracy and social policy, or foreign and security policy. It has a strong focus on recruiting journalists with diverse backgrounds who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do international reporting. Open to journalists from the United States in any medium who report on energy and climate issues; special consideration is given to journalists from regional or local U.S. media outlets who demonstrate that their story ideas would be informative to particular regional policy debates. Includes travel and accommodation costs and an honorarium.
Deadline: Jun 2, 2017
Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas annually invite US professionals 40 years or younger (with 5+ years relevant work experience in their proposed field of work in Germany) to apply for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program which begins in September. The Program seeks to foster a community of future transatlantic leaders. Fifteen Fellows will complete a 9- to 12-month professional development program consisting of one or two high-level work phases in major German institutions and a traveling, European-wide seminar series. Typically, at least five of the competitively chosen Bosch Fellows are from the field of Journalism/Mass Communications. The Bosch Foundation places fellows at major German news publications and broadcast media outlets, including Berliner Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle, n-tv, and ZDF. Includes stipend and compensation package. No German language skills are required at time of application; intensive pre-fellowship language training is provided.
Deadline: Nov 1 annually
Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program
This program offers outstanding young media professionals (age 40 and under) from the United States and Germany an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries. Established originally in 1988 in Germany by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (IJP), the program is currently administered jointly by IJP and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington, D.C. One German and one American current or former fellow are selected each year for a journalism cash prize for the best published print or broadcast segment. Open to U.S. and German journalists who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station or news agency, and to freelancers. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in U.S.-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged. For US fellows, a cash stipend covers living expenses during the two-month fellowship in Germany. Participants receive cash for travel expenses (or travel vouchers for transatlantic flights), and the program also pays living expenses during the orientation in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2018 (German applicants); Mar 1, 2018 (U.S. and Cdn applicants)
Each year, a budding science writer gets the chance to hone his or her craft at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. As a paid C&EN intern, you'll work alongside reporters, observing and participating in the process by which research findings become news. You'll get to fine-tune your ability to convey complex technical subjects to a diverse range of chemical professionals, and you’ll develop multimedia pieces to accompany the stories you write. Begins May or June annually, for three to six months, flexible start and end times.
Deadline: Feb 24, 2017
California Health Journalism Fellowships
The USC Annenberg School of Journalism's National Health Journalism Fellowships (in July 2018; deadline TBA) are open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists around the country who have a passion for health news. This one-week California program in Los Angeles, Mar 18-22, 2018, explores the intersection between community health, health policy and the nation’s growing ethnic diversity, as well as the role that factors such as race, ethnicity and exposure to environmental toxins and violence play in prospects for good health. Fellows receive free tuition, meals, travel, and lodging. The program also offers a $1,000 stipend upon publication or broadcast of a major fellowship project. To encourage collaboration between mainstream and ethnic media, preference will be given to applicants who propose a joint project for use by both media outlets. Each collaborator will receive the stipend.
Deadline: Dec 15, 2017 for the California program; TBA for the National program
Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) created this fellowship in memory of Bob Carty, a tireless defender of free expression and press freedom for all Canadians, as well as a multiple award-winning journalist, activist, and veteran CJFE Board member. The Fellowship will be awarded annually to aid projects that contribute to the protection and analysis of free expression issues in Canada. This year’s recipient will receive a grant of up to $7,000.
Deadline: Jun 27, 2016
China-U.S. Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center's annual China-United States Journalists Exchange provides the opportunity for six U.S. and six Chinese journalists to travel to each other's countries to explore the current issues related to the important bilateral relationship between the world’s two largest economies. The journalists will get a firsthand look at a wide range of topics including US-China relations; economic growth and challenges in each country; stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region; and current social, cultural and political issues in China and the United States. Following the study tours, all journalists meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, to report on their experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of their countries can be improved. Open to professional print, online and broadcast journalists in the U.S. and China with a minimum of five years' experience.
Deadline: Jun 27, 2017
Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative
The Energy Journalism Initiative (EJI) is a program at the Center on Global Energy Policy within Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. EJI seeks to educate journalists about the various disciplines associated with the energy sector, including policy, markets, finance, climate change, technology and geopolitics. Moreover, it introduces participants to a variety of leading sources who can help inform their reporting on this vital topic. For its inaugural year (2017), a three-day seminar was held in New York City for 19 energy journalists. The 2018 seminar takes place June 12-15.
Deadline: Feb 2, 2018
Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships in Journalism and Trauma
This Fellowship, a program of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, is designed for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Fellows attend a week-long seminar program at Columbia University in NYC, including briefings by leading experts in the trauma field and in-depth discussions with journalist colleagues. Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online and reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience.
Deadline: Sep 22, 2017
EGU Science Journalism Fellowships
The European Geosciences Union's annual competition is open to professional journalists interested in geoscience stories. The fellowships enable reporters to follow scientists on location to report on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences. Successful applicants receive up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects.
Deadline: Dec 5, 2017
East-West Center's Senior Journalists Seminar
Launched in 2003, the annual SJS is an immersive 22-day dialogue, study and travel program intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding identity and religion’s role in and resulting impact on the public sphere, specifically as it concerns U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions. Designed for print, radio, broadcast, and online journalists from the U.S. and countries with substantial Muslim populations, with minimum 10 years' experience..
Deadline: May 10, 2017
Since 1999, several fellowships are awarded annually to conduct research at the Journalisten-Kolleg of the Freie Universitaet Berlin (Free University of Berlin). The programme enables participants to network with professional colleagues from Eastern and Western Europe and the United States and provide them with the opportunity to take a two-semester leave from their professional positions and spend a sabbatical year at the Freie Universität widening their knowledge while pursuing their research project. The programme runs October - July annually. Highly qualified journalists in either staff positions or freelance employment with several years of professional experience, not currently residing in Berlin, are eligible to apply. Certification of German language proficiency is required. Website is also available in English, Dutch and Russian.
Deadline: Feb 28, 2018
Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowships
In partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism, these annual six-month opportunities include a General Fellowship for early-career professional journalists from developing countries and the Daniel Pearl Fellowship for journalists from South Asia and the Middle East to work in U.S. newsrooms to experience the dynamics of a free press environment firsthand. Must be proficient in English. Includes travel, health insurance and basic living expenses.
Deadline: Aug 31, 2017
Fulbright Scholar Program
Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Fulbright Scholar Program awards grants to professional journalists and academics (among others) to lecture, conduct research or do both in countries across the globe. Eligible fields in the Traditional Program include, but are not limited to, environmental science, peace and conflict resolution, public/global health and urban planning. Grants range from two months to an academic year or longer in the Traditional Scholar Program. The Senior Specialists Program offers short-term consulting grants, ranging from two to six weeks (some lecturing experience is required for the Senior Specialists program.) Some countries require foreign language skills but most lecturing assignments are in English. Applications accepted year-round for the Senior Specialists Program. The details, eligibility requirements and application materials are available by phone, email, or at the website. Note: for the traditional program, if you don't see an award that suits your background or needs, there's a "create your own award" option that allows you to propose your own lecturing or research projects and institutional affiliations.
Deadline: varies by program
Grist Fellowship Program
Grist's Fellowship Program, based in the Seattle office, is an opportunity for early-career writers, editors, and others with diverse backgrounds to hone their journalistic skills at a national news outlet and deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. Fellows will make daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations, including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and multimedia projects. Fellowships begin in January and July annually; pays $2,750/month.
Dec 29, 2017 extended to Jan 5, 2018
High Country News Internships & Fellowship
Every year, High Country News offers four to six internship positions, each six months long, starting in June and January, and a yearlong fellowship, starting each January, to report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the 11 Western states. HCN provides free housing and a $220-per-week stipend for interns and free housing and a $375-per-week stipend for fellows. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel stipend is available upon successful completion of the internship. Native American journalists, Hispanic journalists and those from other under-represented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Mar 15 for Summer/Fall internship; Nov 1 for Winter/Spring internship and Jan-Dec fellowship.
Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism
The USC Annenberg School of Journalism launched in 2009 the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, offering grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 annually to as many as 10 print, broadcast and new media journalists. The grants support ambitious investigative or explanatory journalism projects on community health and health policy. Joint projects between mainstream and ethnic/community media are encouraged. The Hunt Fund will support projects that examine the effects on a community's health of a specific factor or confluence of factors, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health resources and access to healthy food. Grant recipients also are automatically awarded acceptance in the one-week National Fellowships of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships in Los Angeles.
Deadline: Mar 18, 2016
IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) invites women journalists to apply for its Team Reporting Fellowship to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), May 2-18, 2018. The IWMF will select two groups of women journalists to travel to Kigali and Kinshasa and will focus on Agriculture and Climate Change and Civic Engagement, respectively. This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. To date, dozens of journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported topics including civil society, democracy and governance, food security and conservation. Between 2015-2018, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and provide training (including security) and support for in-country journalists.
Deadline: Feb 19, 2018
IWMF's Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
This International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists who focus on covering human rights and social justice. During this seven-month fellowship (Fall to Spring), the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and participate in internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
Deadline: Apr 11, 2017
Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources
IJNR is an educational organization that promotes higher standards of news coverage of issues of the environment, natural resources, economic development and public health through expedition-style programs of learning and mentoring for journalists. IJNR provides field experiences at significant sites with expert speakers, so that journalists can gain a deeper understanding of the context of these complex issues. IJNR awards expenses-paid fellowships to working reporters, photojournalists, writers, editors and producers, including some independent and freelance journalists. In addition, some fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in professional programs of journalism and the environmental sciences. The 2017/18 Institutes are: Drinking Water Institute — Apr 2-8 (MI, OH and ON); Upper Colorado Institute — Jul 22-29 (CO, AZ and UT); Great Bear Institute — Sep 10-19 (coastal BC); and Lower Colorado Institute — Feb 17-24, 2018 (AZ, CA, NV and Mexico).
Deadlines: 2017: Drinking Water - Feb 10; Great Bear - May 15; Upper Colorado - Jun 2; Lower Colorado - Dec 1.
International Reporting Project Global Journalism Fellowships
New in 2016: The IRP's reporting fellowships on women's rights and LGBTI rights are intended to provide in-depth coverage of important, under-covered international issues, including vulnerability to and leadership on climate change; education; the effects of conflict upon marginalized communities; and more.
Deadline: rolling basis
International Reporting Project International Fellowships in Journalism
The nine-week IRP Fellowships are administered by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University. Two groups of IRP Fellows (one group for spring, one for fall) will be selected for intensive travel and study for research involving foreign affairs. The program begins with 2 weeks in Washington, DC, in a program of special seminars and courses on international affairs, then 5 weeks of travel to research an important international topic or story, then another 2-week stint at SAIS to discuss each fellow's findings. Open to any U.S. journalist with at least five years of professional journalistic experience in any medium. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who are working full-time for a U.S. news organization in the United States. Fellows receive a $9,000 stipend during the nine-week program, a roundtrip ticket to an overseas destination and, for non-Washington residents, free accommodations during the four weeks in Washington.
International Reporting Project Trips
The International Reporting Project (IRP) at The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) awards grants several times a year for up to 12 new media journalists to travel as a group to an important but under-covered country in the news. Since 2000, visits have been organized to Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Lebanon/Syria, India, Egypt, Nigeria, Korea, Uganda, Turkey, Kenya, China, Liberia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, India, Zambia, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. Trip participants have included editors, producers, new media journalists and other similar positions. Includes all costs of travel, meals and accommodations during the reporting trips.
Deadline: visit website
Jefferson Fellowships for Journalists
Founded by the East-West Center in 1967, the Jefferson Fellowships promote better public understanding of the United States and Asia and Pacific through one week of dialogue with professional colleagues and experts at the East-West Center in Hawaii, followed by a two-week study tour to cities in Asia or the U.S. Open to mid- and senior-level print, broadcast, and online journalists from the U.S. and Asia Pacific. The East-West Center believes Asia-connected fellowships are becoming increasingly important for American journalists. The Jefferson Fellowships are supported by a grant from The Freeman Foundation.
Deadline: Mar 6, 2018
Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism
Kiplinger Fellows typically spend a week in April on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus, where they receive cutting-edge training on digital tools and tactics from leading industry experts. Topics include social media for reporting, branding and audience engagement; spreadsheets and data visualization; smartphone videography; and media ethics. Funded by the Kiplinger Foundation and Kiplinger family, the fellowships provide lodging, most meals and free training. Applications open in early September for the following spring’s fellowship. Limited travel stipends are available to international fellows.
Deadline: Nov 19, 2017
Knight International Journalism Fellowships
The purpose of the Fellowships program is to improve the quality and free flow of news in the public interest around the world. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the year-long program sends international media professionals to countries where there are opportunities to promote reliable, insightful journalism that holds officials accountable. The non-profit International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) administers the Knight International Journalism Fellowships. Fellows build skills and enhance the standards of independent media in these key regions: Asia/Pacific, Eurasia/Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Candidates must be fluent in the language of the region where they are deployed and should have at least 10 years' experience in journalism or related fields such as media-business management. Fellowships are open to any nationality for assignments of up to a year. The program may create Fellowships designed to take advantage of the skills of qualified applicants or to respond to specific local needs identified by the Fellowship candidate or local partner (including environment related).
Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford
Twenty U.S. journalists with minimum seven years' professional experience win Knight Fellowships at Stanford each year, receiving nine months of study, intellectual growth, and personal change at one of the world's greatest universities. The program focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership to foster high quality journalism — including an emphasis on developing and strengthening press freedoms around the world. Fellows take classes from mid-September to mid-June in any area of Stanford that interests them; conduct independent study with faculty, and participate in special weekly seminars with distinguished Stanford scholars, business and political leaders and cultural and social observers. At the end of the year, Fellows return to their news organizations, better prepared for the rapidly changing world of journalism. Open to reporters, editors and anchors; photographers, producers and news directors; editorial cartoonists and web-site gurus; and more. Includes stipend of $75,000 plus supplements for housing, child care, health insurance and books. The program also pays for Stanford tuition. All benefits and activities of the program are open to spouses and partners of Fellows.
Deadline: Dec 4, 2017
Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
Mid-career journalists with a minimum of three years' experience in reporting science, medicine, environment or technology for the public are selected for an academic year at MIT, attending courses and participating in weekly seminars with top researchers. Journalists who wish to gain expertise in these fields are also eligible and must have at least five years of experience. Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators or photo-journalists. They may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio or the web. Full-time freelance journalists are also considered. There are no educational prerequisites. Professionals working in public information, public relations, the trade press, government or academia are not eligible. $70,000 stipend.
Deadline: Feb 28, 2018
Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan
Full-time journalists in any media with five years' experience may apply for this eight-month Fellowship which is designed to broaden perspectives, nurture intellectual growth and inspire personal transformation. With no deadlines, exams, or papers to worry about, a Knight-Wallace Fellowship frees you to explore the breadth of scholarship available at the University of Michigan. Leading academics and figures of major interest to journalists give seminars and discuss issues. Travel for Fellows and families includes a fall color tour in northern Michigan and international news tours that are equal parts education and entertainment. Stipend for US applicants is $70,000, September through April, plus all tuition, fees and Fellowship news tours. Spouses are an integral part of the Fellowship experience and are invited to participate actively. In addition, up to six international fellowships (four to eight months) are offered each year, as funding is available.
Deadline: Dec 1, 2017 (international applicants); Feb 1, 2018 (US applicants)
Korea-U.S. Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center's annual Korea-United States Journalists Exchange normally sends six to eight Korean journalists to the United States and six to eight U.S. journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations and other members of the community. The program seeks to introduce journalists to the political, security, economic, cultural and social issues of each country. Following the study tours, all journalists meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, to report on their experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of their countries can be improved. Open to working print, online and broadcast journalists in the U.S. and Korea with a minimum of five years' experience.
Deadline: Apr 13, 2017
Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship
Journalists and freelance writers based in the U.S. may apply for the Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship. The selected journalist attends the annual Kyoto Prize presentation ceremony, laureate lectures and workshops. During their stay, the fellow will have opportunities to interview the latest Kyoto Prize laureates to further their knowledge and depth of reporting in technology, science and the arts. The fellowship covers transportation, accommodations and per-diem expenses.
MBL Logan Science Journalism Program
The Logan Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory provides journalists with fellowships, enabling them to observe and participate in the scientific process by working closely with investigators carrying out research, and with graduate students learning the latest research methods. The interaction between journalists and scientists is a two-way street: The journalists gain a deeper familiarity with details of the science and the way scientists think and do their experiments, and conversely, the scientists learn the influences and constraints that shape the way science is reported to the public. Sharing the experience with journalists from other parts of the country (and the world) and other branches of the media is an additional program benefit. Staff or freelance broadcast or print journalists are eligible. A basic knowledge of biological principles is advantageous, but applicants with advanced degrees in biology or extensive laboratory training are not encouraged. All Fellows will participate in one of two intensive week-long hands-on courses at MBL in Woods Hole, MA, May 30-June 7, 2018: Biomedical Research or Environmental Research. Fellowship support covers room, board, lab fees, U.S. travel or partial foreign travel.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2018
McCloy Fellowships on Global Trends
The McCloy Fellowships allow American and German experts from journalism, the public sector, think tanks, nonprofits, law, and cultural organizations to research and assess the most pressing topics on the transatlantic agenda while engaging with their counterparts overseas. The fellowships are designed to enhance broader understanding of key policy issues related to global trends while promoting networking across the Atlantic. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for a minimum of 21 days. American applicants need not be fluent in German, although some background in that language would be helpful. German fellows visiting the United States should have a basic knowledge of English. The ACG also has other fellowship opportunities that are open to journalists; please see the ACG's website for details.
Deadline: Jun 1, 2018
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
The bi-yearly McGraw Fellowships provide experienced journalists with the funds and editorial support needed to report in-depth stories on critical issues related to U.S. business, finance and the economy. No residency required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices. Open to freelance journalists, as well as staff reporters and editors working at a news organization. Five years professional journalism experience is needed. Fellows receive $5,000 a month for up to three months.
Deadlines: Dec 15, 2017 (for Winter 2018); June 30, 2018 (for Summer 2018)
The Mesa Refuge
Journalists, essayists, economists, screenwriters, naturalists, authors of memoirs, and other writers who need solitude essential to creative work may apply for a session at The Mesa Refuge, a residency program for environmental writers, in Point Reyes Station, CA. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost; however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident's responsibility. The program is open to both experienced and emerging writers. Apply for a two- or four-week residency in Spring or Fall.
Deadlines: Dec 1, 2017 for Spring 2018; Jun 1, 2018 for Fall 2018
Metcalf Institute Marine and Environmental Sciences Fellowship/Annual Workshop for Journalists
Metcalf Institute offers fellowships for early to mid-career journalists to attend the Annual Science Immersion Workshop at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading marine science research campus. The June 10-15, 2018 program offers journalists hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists and policymakers who are working to project the impacts of climate change, identifying adaptation measures and investigating the most effective ways to communicate these challenges. While focusing on local and regional U.S. examples, the Workshop addresses topics of global significance. Fellows will gain a better understanding of environmental science research methods, cultivate scientific resources and sharpen their reporting skills through daily fieldwork and labs. The Fellowships are offered to working journalists from all media interested in science and environmental reporting. Fellowship award includes tuition, room and board, and travel support. Two of the ten slots will be awarded to internationally based journalists.
Deadline: Feb 12, 2018
Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowships
The Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship is the National Press Foundation's signature Washington education program for DC-based journalists. Through nine, day-long seminars — once a month, from September through June — this fellowship program provides a primer on Washington agencies, institutions and organizations, while delivering fresh sources, story ideas and unparalleled opportunities to get to know and learn from other journalists. On-the-record access to officials, experts and seasoned journalists, along with site visits and innovative online tools training, enhance and add insight to the topics journalists cover.
Deadline: Jun 28, 2017
Mineral School Residencies for Writers
The Mineral School in Washington state annually hosts two-week summer residencies for writers and visual artists in their historic school house near Mount Rainier. Several fellowships are available.
Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Mongabay.org Special Reporting Initiatives Program
Mongabay.org's competitive fellowship program supports in-depth reporting on key environmental themes under a given topic. Environmental journalists worldwide can apply for a US $15,000 fellowship to cover specific environmental topics. Author of the top proposal will receive US$12,000 as an honorarium and up to US$3,000 for reporting, travle and research costs. The fellow will have two months for travel / research and two months for writing. He or she can work from anywhere in the world. Mongabay offers other opportunities as well, including an environmental news-writing internship.
Deadline: Varies by project. New opportunities announced every 2-3 months.
National Humanities Center Fellowships
Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have demonstrated achievement in the advanced post-doctoral study of history, languages and literature, and other fields of the humanities. The Center also accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. Scholars should be engaged in work significantly beyond the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Fellowships are normally for the full academic year (Sep through May). A limited number of designated fellowships for scholarship concerning nature, environmental history or ecological concerns are usually available. Fellowship stipends are individually determined, the amount depending upon the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them. The Center provides travel expenses for Fellows and their dependents to and from North Carolina.
Deadline: Oct 18, 2017
National Science Foundation U.S. Antarctic Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) runs the U.S. Program (USAP), which selects a limited number of professional journalists to report from Antarctica for approximately one working week annually, between October and January. Reporters or their employers pay for round-trip transportation to — and accommodation in — Christchurch, New Zealand. NSF provides housing, transportation, food, and cold-weather clothing for journalists while they are in Antarctica. U.S. media receive preference in selection.
Deadline: July 26, 2016
New Horizons Traveling Fellowships
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers Traveling Fellowships, of up to $1,200 each, to cover the costs of attending the annual New Horizons in Science Briefing for Journalists/Science Writers meeting which brings together top-rank scientists and leading science writers for an in-depth look at seminal developments in science, medicine and technology that are likely to make news in the coming months. The fellowships are intended primarily for journalists from publications and broadcast outlets that do not routinely cover major science meetings or employ a full-time science writer. Freelancers with a demonstrated interest in science writing are also eligible. If requested, CASW will also assign a veteran science writer to each fellow to serve as mentor and to help ease his/her way through the program. NOTE: For information about travel support for the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists, which will replace the ScienceWriters meeting in 2017, go here.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2017 (for WCSJ2017 travel support)
Nieman Fellowships for Journalists
The Nieman Foundation selects up to 12 U.S. and 12 International journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. All fellows come to Harvard to pursue a course of study of their own design. Nearly every class at Harvard College and in the graduate schools is open to the fellows (and their spouses), who spend their 10-month appointment broadening their interests or deepening their insight into their field of specialization. Applicants must be full-time journalists with at least five years of journalistic experience. Open to full-time staff and freelance journalists who work in all media, including print, broadcast, photography, film and the Web. All prospective fellows must speak, read and write English fluently.Fellowship includes stipend of $70,000 (U.S. and Global Health only) plus housing, childcare and health insurance allowances. International fellows must make separate financial arrangements.
Deadline: Dec 1, 2017, for International; Jan 31, 2018, for U.S. applicants
O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
Backed by the resources of Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O'Brien Fellows spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most deeply about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives. This fully funded fellowship allows newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance while they also mentor the next generation of journalists.
Deadline: Jan 26, 2018
Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowships
The Alicia Patterson Foundation awards grants of $40,000 for twelve months and $20,000 for six months (includes covering costs of travel and research costs) to working journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and to write articles based on their investigations for The APF Reporter. Open only to U.S. citizens who are full-time print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work full-time for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. Includes reporters, writers, editors and photographers. Must have five years of professional print experience, not necessarily consecutive. Full-time free-lancers are welcome. Applications are accepted beginning every June 1; early submissions are much appreciated. Winners are expected to begin their fellowships within the first three months of the calendar year. Note: An additional fellow specializing in either science or environmental journalism will be added. This fellow will be designated as a Cissy Patterson fellow, in honor of Alicia's aunt, the publisher Cissy Patterson. No special application is needed. All fellows applying for the Alicia Patterson fellowship and applications that deal with science or the environment will be considered for this additional fellowship. Science and environmental topics will continue to be awarded Alicia Patterson fellowships.
Deadline: Postmarked by October 1 annually
Property and Environment Research Center Fellowships
The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Montana offers paid fellowships of varying durations to journalists, such as the Lone Mountain Fellowships to advance understanding of the role of markets and property rights in protecting and enhancing environmental resources. Stipends vary with the nature of the work, duration of residence at PERC and the LM Fellow's qualifications.
Deadline: Rolling basis
ProPublica offers a variety of fellowships throughout the year, ranging anywhere from three months to a year. All of them are paid positions. Some of these fellowships are offered only occasionally, others are recurring. One aim is to bring journalists from a broad array of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds into journalism, including African Americans, Latinos, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. ProPublica is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply.
Deadline: Emerging Reporters fellowship: Jul 7, 2017
RTDNF Fellowships and Scholarships
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation offers scholarships for outstanding students and fellowships for young professionals (<10 years experience in the field) pursuing careers in radio, television, or online news. Both the Michelle Clark Fellowship and N.S. Bienstock Fellowship are given to promising minority applicants. Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship is awarded to a television or radio reporter or producer for excellent health or medical coverage. The Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship is given annually to a reporter or producer in radio or television news to help them cover national defense and security issues.
Jan 15, 2018 extended to Jan 31
SAJA Reporting Fellowships
In 2005, the South Asian Journalists Association launched a fellowships program to encourage in-depth coverage of South Asia or the South Asian Diasapora by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses. Up to $20,000 will be given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000. Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium with five years' experience. This program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism, namely, in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on. Details and online form at web link provided.
Deadline: rolling basis
Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop
The 23rd annual Workshop takes place May 7-12, 2018, in downtown Santa Fe. The workshop is directed by George Johnson, a New York Times science writer, whose nine books include "The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery" and "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments" and Sandra Blakeslee, a New York Times science writer and co-author of "The Body Has a Mind of Its Own" (with Matthew Blakeslee), "Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions," and many other books. Visit website for details on the faculty line-up. ~Forty students will be accepted. Apply early; there's usually a waiting list.
Deadline: when full (usually by mid April)
Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship
Launched in 2008, the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship for Latin American journalists is a two-semester fellowship, September through April, held at Massey College, the Graduate Residential College in the University of Toronto. The Fellow is expected to enroll in any graduate or undergraduate courses and is able to use the full facilities of the University. There are no educational prerequisites for a Fellowship; nor does the Fellow receive credits or degrees for work done during the year. Accommodation is provided by Massey College. The objective of the Fellowship is to enhance inter-American understanding and promote dialogue through an exploration of current issues in journalism and free expression in the Americas in an academic setting.
Deadline: Feb 20, 2017
Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program
The Scripps Howard Foundation's Semester in Washington program is an internship program for undergraduate college journalism students, who will write for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Come to Washington to cover stories for news organizations across the country. In addition to a strong focus on reporting and writing national news and features, the program includes visits to the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Student Press Law Center and other journalism and government institutions. In weekly meetings, interns discuss issues in journalism and how to do a better job covering the news. Students can apply for one of three sessions a year: spring, summer and fall. Interns are paid a stipend and provided with free housing. The program works with universities to help students who want academic credit for the internship. Graduates may apply for the one-year multimedia fellowship (n/a in 2017). International students should apply through the International Center for Journalists.
Deadline: No summer or fall internship programs in 2017
Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Deepen your understanding of environmental science and policy, and enhance your journalism skills at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Open to U.S. journalists (reporters, editors, producers and freelancers) working in print or broadcast with a minimum of five years' full-time experience. Prior experience covering the environment is not necessary. Fellows will take classes, attend special seminars, take field trips, and engage in independent study at a university renowned for its environmental science and policy studies. The Fellowship includes a 9-month stipend of $56,000.
Deadline: Mar 1 annually
Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship
Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 (or two $50,000 awards) to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2017
Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) annually awards fellowships to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in U.S. graduate-level science writing programs to help defray the cost of tuition. The fellowship honors the memory of Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of the American Tentative Society, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of AP, who served as ATS's longtime president. Awards of $5,000 are available to fellows selected on the basis of a national competition. Science writing is defined as writing about science, medicine, health, technology and the environment for the general public via the mass media.
Deadline: Mar 18, 2018
Tow-Knight Advanced Certificate Program
The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism offers an annual Advanced Certificate Program. Open to top graduates and mid-career professionals in fields that include journalism, technology, business and design. Develop your own venture; meet top media innovators from Facebook, Twitter, NYTimes and more; take workshops with top professors and work with a personal mentor and industry coaches to build your own startup. Scholarships available.
Deadline: Aug 31, 2017
Transitions Online (TOL) Journalism Courses
TOL, a non-profit media development organisation based in Prague, Czech Republic, offers journalism and media courses at various times throughout the year. Courses offered include: Investigative Journalism, Foreign Correspondent Training, and Photojournalism. The courses are attended by journalism students and young journalists from around the world, and all have a firm emphasis on practical training by experienced journalists from respected publications and broadcasters such as the Associated Press, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Harper’s and Bloomberg News. Apply early for discounted fees. Some scholarships may be available, as well.
Deadline: varies by course
R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship
This fellowship was created to reflect the importance that the late Jim Travers attached to his years reporting for Southam News from Africa and the Middle East and the guidance he provided as an editor for journalists. He believed Canadians deserve firsthand, in-depth coverage of important stories outside our borders. He argued passionately that it is crucial for Canadian reporters to “bear witness” — because in our interconnected world, “foreign” news is local news. The fellowship finances a significant foreign reporting project by a Canadian journalist or non-Canadian with valid work permit (staffer, freelancer or graduate student) working in any medium. $25,000 stipend covers travel, reporting and research expenses.
Deadline: Oct 23, 2017
UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship
UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism annually offers multiple $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship, a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aimed at early and mid-career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious longform stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming. Preference given to U.S. focused stories, but international stories with a U.S. angle or connection will be considered.
Deadline: March 15, 2017
U.S.-Austria Journalism Exchange Fellowships
The U.S.-Austria Journalism Exchange Fellowships, jointly administered by the International Center for Journalists and the Kuratorium for Journalistenausbildung (KfJ) in Salzburg, Austria, grant young U.S. and Austrian journalists the opportunity to spend six weeks in each other's countries, working as foreign correspondents for their hometown news organizations. The program includes a brief orientation program in Washington, DC followed by six weeks in which fellows will work at host newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations in each other's countries, while simultaneously reporting on events for their employers back home. The program ends with a two-day debriefing session in Vienna, Austria. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 38 and be employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, or news agency. (Freelance journalists may also apply) Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent with at least three years of experience, and a strong interest in U.S. European affairs. Foreign language proficiency is not required, but it is strongly preferred and will be taken into consideration during the selection process.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2017
UT Energy Journalism Fellowship
This University of Texas at Austin fellowship provides energy journalists a one-year break from the grind of daily deadlines to work on a long-form energy-themed writing project. This year’s Fellowship will be awarded to an early-career journalist with up to 10 years’ experience. The Fellowship, which runs from Sep 1, 2017–Aug 31, 2018, includes a base salary of $65,000 per year, a $3,500 travel budget, employee benefits, use of a laptop computer, access to UT’s libraries, and workspaces at UT Austin’s Energy Institute and / or KBH Energy Center.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2017
UT Energy Journalism Workshop
This University of Texas at Austin workshop, Sep 27-28, 2017, offers journalists who regularly cover energy and environmental issues direct access to some of the world’s leading energy experts. The two-day workshop features a rapid-fire series of presentations from University of Texas at Austin faculty and energy researchers on a wide range of issues – from the growth of distributed generation resources and accelerated integration of renewables into the electric grid to the latest research in carbon capture and sequestration and emerging trends in water use for energy production. The workshop includes travel, lodging, and complimentary meals. Space is limited to 25 participants, with access granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Deadline: Aug 28, 2017
UNITY Journalists for Diversity Fellowship
UNITY: Journalists for Diversity offers a college student an Aug/Sep reporting fellowship to develop immersive multimedia and reporting skills from all over the country by attending/covering four minority conventions: AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ & NAJA (combined in 2017) and NLGJA. Mentorship, travel and hotel accommodations provided.
Deadline: Mar 10, 2017
Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Media Fellowships
Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center offers a comprehensive curriculum of environmental law courses. The annual Environmental Law Media Fellowships include a free course, or courses, in the environmental law topics of your choice; free housing; free books; a $1,250 stipend for expenses; a private tutorial in environmental legal research and plenty of access to faculty. Family members are welcome. Summer Session courses offered vary year to year. All courses are taught by national and international experts in their fields. Media fellows also take part in the summer session's brown bag lunch series, and deliver an hour-long lecture on a topic of their choosing.
Deadline: March 3, 2017
Western Journalism and Media Fellowships at Stanford University
Fellowships provide opportunities for journalists working in all kinds of media — newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online, multimedia, video, film, data visualization, mapping, and books — to visit Stanford and interact with researchers, scholars, and students, while developing or working on a project of their own designs to spur new coverage and understanding of the American West. The length of residence is typically one to two weeks, although longer stays may be possible, particularly for projects that intersect with ongoing research at the Center and Stanford, that address significant challenges facing the American West, and that explore promising new possibilities for journalism and the media in the region. Travel and accommodation costs are covered, and a modest honorarium is offered.
Deadline: Send letter of inquiry
WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship Program
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship Program takes place annually in September and introduces science communicators to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering. Through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in marine biology, engineering, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography. The program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Freelancers, book authors, and writers from nontraditional media (museums, book publishers, etc.) may also be considered, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work. All fellows receive a travel allowance, as well as room and board for one week. Fellows seeking a more in-depth experience with a specific researcher, lab, or topic may inquire about an optional second week.
Deadline: May 12, 2017