Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.
JULY 2015 DEADLINES
Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists
The fellowship is aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences and keep the public informed on life-changing scientific breakthroughs.
Deadline: July 31, 2015
AUGUST 2015 DEADLINES
Women Deliver Media Scholarship
Media participation at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference provides journalists with opportunities to interact with high-level attendees and cover research findings presented by key authorities in the field. The opportunity includes access to all on-site media activities, including a press workroom, media forum and daily press conferences, and all conference press materials.
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Open Society Fellowship
The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.
Deadline: Aug. 3, 2015
OCTOBER 2015 DEADLINES
BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship
With the mission of diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices, BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writers Fellowship is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers.
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015
Soros Justice Fellowship
The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The Fellowships Program is part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Fund to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the U.S. by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice. Fellows receive funding ($58,700–$110,250) through the following two categories: Advocacy Fellowships or Media Fellowships.
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2015
Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
Fellows participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic.
Deadline: Oct. 13, 2015
IN PROGRESS OR FUTURE FELLOWSHIPS
Alexia Foundation Grant Program
The Alexia Foundation provides grants of $25,000 to students, professionals and women for a serious documentary photographic projects. Deadlines for this year are closed.
Associated Press Global News Internship Program
This paid internship program is for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists and will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting. The application period for the 2015 internship is closed. Questions may be emailed to [email protected].
Atlantic Media Fellowship
Washington DC and New York City
The year-long Atlantic Media fellowships are for recent college graduates who want to work in a digital-first newsroom.
Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Fellowship
San Francisco, CA
The fellowship selects fellows for a 10-month program that supports project development with professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling through emerging technologies and strategic marketing.
Data & Society Fellow
New York City
The fellowship brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists and public intellectuals who are interested in engaging one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society.
Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships
Columbia, MO or remote
The fellowship offers an annual program for individuals to develop innovative ideas within journalism and to help build the public’s knowledge in these areas.
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship
New York City
The fellowship offers one fellow a nine-month period of writing, reporting and providing analysis on newsworthy international events at the Council on Foreign Relations headquarters. Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between January 1 and March 1 on an annual basis.
Fellowship in Professional Journalism for Morning News Journalists
The fellow will contribute to the student-generated news website at the University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication as well as teach a course in her own expertise.
Google Journalism Fellowships
The fellowship is for undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways at various organizations.
International Reporting Fellowship for Minority Journalists
This short-term program allows journalists of color the chance to travel overseas to report on and publish stories about underreported issues of interest to their communities.
Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
The fellowship brings journalists, policymakers and scholars together to the Harvard Kennedy School to advance research in media, politics and public policy.
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford
The Knight Journalism Fellowship is a 10-month-long residency at Stanford University aimed at implementing and improving on innovative ideas in collaboration with a group of journalists from around the world.
Fellows spend 10 months embedded with partner newsrooms, such as the New York Times and ProPublica. Fellows are developers, technologists, civic hackers and data crunchers who work with the community inside and outside of their newsroom to develop open-source projects.
Knight Science Journalism Fellowship
The nine-month Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT aims to increase mid-career journalists’ understanding of science, technology, medicine and environment by working with scientists and policy makers.
Ann Arbor, MI
The Knight-Wallace Fellowship brings journalists to the University of Michigan to bridge academia together with journalism.
Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship
San Diego, CA
The Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship at Point Loma Nazarene University is an initiative to develop modern education in the sciences, philosophy, society and the arts.
The week-long multimedia fellowship program sponsored by the Meredith Corporation and its Phoenix television station, KPHO CBS 5, offers broadcast journalism students from underrepresented groups a week of hands-on experience.
Los Angeles or Chicago
Metpro helps beginning journalists launch careers and boost diversity in Tribune newsrooms.
MJ Bear Fellowship
Through the Online News Association, the MJ Bear Fellowships identify and celebrate early-career digital journalists who have demonstrated that they deserve support for their efforts.
Applications for the 2015 MJ Bear Fellowships will open in June.
Munk School of Global Affairs Global Journalism Fellowship
This fellowship awards 20 fellows the chance to work at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs for media around the world in various platforms from broadcast to online.
National Geographic Photography Fellowship
The two-year fellowship allows photographers to share their visual expertise with diverse areas of the National Geographic Society and with the public, producing stories, sharing their storytelling knowledge with other explorers, and bringing the Society’s mission to illuminate, teach, and inspire the world at large.
Nieman Fellowships are for experienced print, broadcast and online journalists to advance ideas that innovate in journalism.
Deadline: Jan. 2016
Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
The fellowship brings at least one individual to Harvard University for an academic year to work on a specific project relating to journalism innovation.
Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme
This fellowship allows 25 mid-career journalists from around the world to conduct academic research in Oxford for various months in the academic year.
Santa Fe Institute’s Journalism Fellowship In Complex Systems
Santa Fe, NM
The fellowship is for veteran journalists interested in exploring complex systems science more deeply and understanding the issues underlying current scientific debates in many scientific fields. The next application period will be announced in May 2015.
Scripps Howard Foundation Multimedia Fellowship
This year-long fellowship allows post-graduates to create multimedia projects for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website as well as mentor undergraduate students. Next year’s application deadline is in April.
The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
This non-residency fellowship provides experienced journalists with grants of up to $15,000 to produce deeply reported investigative or enterprise stories on critical topics related to U.S. business and the economy.
Fall Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
The one-year fellowship is offered to six journalists and is designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.
World Press Institute Fellowship
The fellowship is offered to 10 journalists from around the world and provides immersion into governance, politics, business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States.
Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist based in India, and is the editorial assistant at PBS MediaShift. She is on Twitter @sonipaul.