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

Event Date: 
February 15, 2022

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.

After a 2020 hiatus, the fellowship looks a little different this year. We want to continue in the spirit of our mission by telling global stories, while doing so safely and in person. That means two big changes:

  1. We are asking applicants to pitch us a globally-themed story that can be told domestically. We are seeking under-reported stories, based in the United States, on one of two themes: (1) global public health -or- (2) international migration.
  2. We are also asking for a bit more experience than in years past. Applicants should have 5-7 years of professional journalism experience, including some radio experience.

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.

The amount of the fellowship award varies per project, and is designed to cover all production and living expenses for the duration, including prep and post time at NPR in Washington, DC.

Deadline: Jan 15, 2022 extended to Feb 15.

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.

Event Details
Contact Email:
The John Alexander Project
4431 Greenwich Parkway
Washington, D.C. 20007