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 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. Apply online by July 1, 2017 (opens May 1).
Above the Fray supports curious, truth-seeking, spirited individuals who wish to cover under-reported regions, but who do not have the financial means or professional support to pursue these stories. The fellowship is not about finding the most experienced candidate; it is about cultivating the next generation of international journalists. The fellowship strives to discover journalists who are at pivotal moments in their careers: those who are armed with the skills to independently tell stories and who possess the ability to take audiences off the beaten path.
Applicants should have at least three but no more than five years of professional experience. Above all, the applicant must express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.
The John Alexander Project is created in the spirit of John Alexander, an incredibly talented young journalist who inspired those lucky enough to cross his path. John was in Chongqing, China, on assignment for Koppel On Discovery when he died of sudden heart failure in December 2007 at 26. Prior to Discovery, John worked for ABC News Nightline and NPR.