DEADLINE: The John Alexander Project's Above the Fray Fellowship

Event Date: 
July 1, 2023

Above the Fray, a radio fellowship in conjunction with NPR, 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 2023 Above the Fray fellowship application is live — and international travel is back!


Give us your best story pitch from anywhere in the world — and please help us spread the word to all of the up-and-coming reporters in your lives. The fellowship targets journalists with 5-7 years of experience who are ready to report internationally.

Fellowship timing varies, but fellows typically spend about two months in the field, with additional time prepping and editing at NPR in Washington, DC. The total duration tends to be in the 5-6 month-range.

All of the FAQs are available on our website.

In more impending big news: stay tuned very soon for the work from this year’s dynamite fellow, Leah Donnella. If you need inspiration for your application, be sure to read the wonderful pages from her Reporter's Notebook — a behind-the-scenes peek at the fellowship and her journey.

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.

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