Media and Journalism Fellowships: Jan. 18 Edition

    by Bianca Fortis
    January 18, 2018
    The deadline for the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists at the University of Michigan is Feb. 1. Photo courtesy the Boston Public Library on Flickr and used with Creative Commons license.

    Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, or you would like your program to be in the featured fellowship slot, please let us know by contacting Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org and we’ll add them to the list. All featured fellowships are paid promotional slots. Fellowship descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

    Featured Fellowships

    RJI Fellowships
    Columbia, MO or remote
    The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with us on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Learn more here: https://www.rjionline.org/fellowships
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

    JANUARY 2018

    AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
    This 10-week paid internship places scientists, mathematicians and engineers (undergraduate, graduate and postdocs) at sites like the Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Scientific American etc for the summer. Scientists use their research skills to report, produce, and write science news while they learn how to make science accessible to the public.
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018


    Google News Lab Fellowship
    The Google News Lab Fellowship offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations across the US to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts and friends. While the work of each host organization is unique, Fellows have opportunities to research and write stories, contribute to open source data programs, and create timely data to accurately frame public debates about issues in the US and the world.
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

    IWMF Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories
    The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society, is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. In an era of increased globalization, the need for varied coverage of gendered topics is critical to a free and representative press. These grants will be a catalyst for reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide. These grants provide opportunities for women journalists to pursue international stories of importance through gender-sensitive coverage of underreported topics.
    Deadline: Jan. 19, 2018

    IWMF Under-Reported Stories Grants
    The IWMF’s Underreported Stories Grants is a new funding initiative to support journalism produced by women journalists on underreported issues around the world. This round of funding will support journalism covering the issue of forced labor in the U.S. agriculture sector in Texas.
    Deadline: Jan. 19, 2018


    O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
    Milwaukee, Wis.
    The O’Brien Fellowship fully funds investigative projects involving local, state, national or international issues. Fellows receive a $65,000 stipend and allotments for housing, travel and research. Based at Marquette University, the fellowship pairs journalists with a team of student researchers. O’Brien projects have tackled issues around water pollution and drought, workplace dangers, firearms lethality, poor access to health care, mistreatment of persons with mental illness, government secrecy, animal-borne disease threats, fugitives from justice and more.
    DeadlineJan. 26, 2018

    Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
    The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation.
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

    RJI Fellowships
    Columbia, Mo
    The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with us on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. We’re giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on solving problems created by filter bubbles, fake news and mistrust of the news media; however, we also invite submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

    IRE Diversity Fellowship
    Established by the Philip L. Graham Fund to send a limited number of professional journalists to attend IRE’s conferences. These fellowships are aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE’s membership. Applicants for this award should identify themselves with one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan, Native American, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino.

    FEBRUARY 2018

    Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
    The Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists offer accomplished, mid-career journalists an academic year of study and collaborative learning at the University of Michigan. Fellows receive a $70,000 stipend to deepen knowledge, develop new ideas and address changes facing the journalism industry. A diverse range of journalists are invited to apply: reporters, editors, data experts, visual journalists, engagement specialists, designers and developers, entrepreneurs and organizational change agents. Apply online now!
    Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

    Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
    The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policy makers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a paper on a media/politics topic.
    Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

    AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
    Science is a global activity, but the demographics of the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity. The Minority Science Writers Internship is for students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who want to learn more about science writing. This 10-week paid internship places undergraduate (or recently graduated) students at Science Magazine for the summer to work with Science’s award winning staff reporting and writing their own science journalism.
    Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

    Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism
    The Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism was created to bolster deeply reported local and regional news stories in underserved communities throughout the United States. Funded by the Abrams Foundation, the fellowship in the 2018-19 academic year will fund up to three Nieman Fellowships for U.S. journalists who cover news in areas of the United States where resources are scarce. The fellowship additionally will fund up to nine months of fieldwork at the fellow’s home news organization after two semesters at Harvard – or in the case of freelance journalists, a newsroom partner. During the fieldwork period, the Abrams Nieman Fellows may expand or develop an investigative project that will provide better, more in-depth coverage of issues important to the communities they serve.
    Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018

    MARCH 2018 & BEYOND

    Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship
    Print, broadcast and online journalists in the United States can apply for a US$65,000 fellowship in New York. The Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowships seek foreign correspondents or editors for a nine-month period of writing and analysis at the Council of Foreign Relations. The program enables the fellow to increase competency in reporting and interpreting events abroad and promotes the quality of responsible and discerning journalism.
    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    MBL Logan Science Journalism Program
    This unique fellowship program, taught by scientists, provides journalists with direct, hands-on research training in environmental or biomedical science. Offered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, at the Marine Biological Laboratory, an affiliate of University of Chicago. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.
    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    IRE Freelance Fellowship
    Awards of $1,000 or more are available to assist in conducting investigative projects. These fellowships for journalists who make their living primarily as freelancers were created in 2008.
    Deadline: April 2, 2018

    James Richard Bennett Scholarships
    The scholarship sends a limited number of college students in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Louisiana to attend the annual IRE conference. The scholarships are made possible by a donation to IRE by Dr. James R. Bennett, professor emeritus of English, University of Arkansas.

    Greenberg World Fellows Program
    The Greenberg World Fellows Program, which is part of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, provides the opportunity for World Fellows to contribute to Yale’s intellectual life, participate in events, and collaborate with peers, audit classes, mentor students and lead round-table discussions. The mission of Yale World Fellows is to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to making the world a better place. The 2017 program will run from mid-August to mid-December and fellows will get a stipend to cover the costs of living in New Haven.
    Deadline: Varies


    Gender and LGBTI Rights Reporting Fellowship
    The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on gender and LGBTI rights around the world. Applicants may propose any stories that focus on gender rights or LGBTI rights (or both).
    Deadline: TBD

    Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship
    To foster, promote, sustain and improve the best traditions of American journalism, the Alicia Patterson Foundation will provide support for journalists engaged in rigorous, probing, spirited, independent and skeptical work that will benefit the public. The foundation will support journalism and will foster a community of journalists engaged in truthfully informing the public.
    Deadline: Rolling

    International Reporting Project Religion Fellowship
    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is accepting proposals to report on global religion issues. Possible topics include conflict and peace; environment and sustainability; political economy and development; health and education; gender, race and sexuality; law and human rights; social movements; migration; and humanitarianism.
    Deadline: Rolling

    Outside Editorial Fellowship
    The fellowship is a six-month, paid position in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Duties include fact-checking, reporting, research, proofreading, and assorted support chores for the editorial department. Fellows occasionally have the opportunity to write short pieces for the magazine and website, and they will attend editorial meetings, work closely with top editors, and gain hands-on experience at an award-winning magazine.
    Deadline: Rolling

    Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship, Investigative Reporters & Editors
    Send broadcast and/or radio journalists to IRE’s week-long Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Boot Camp series. The fellowships were established by IRE and WTHR-Indianapolis to honor Stephen, an award-winning journalist and longtime IRE member who died in Nov. 2008 after a long battle with cancer.
    Deadline: Rolling — 60 days before the Boot Camp you are applying to attend.

    Ottaway Fellowships, Investigative Reporters & Editors
    Established by David Ottaway and the Ottaway Family Fund to send a limited number of professional journalists to IRE’s week-long Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Boot Camp series. These fellowships are aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE’s membership. Applicants for this award should identify themselves with one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan, Native American, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino.
    Deadline: Rolling — 60 days before the Boot Camp you are applying to attend.

    R-CAR Fellowship, Investigative Reporters & Editors
    The Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting helps a journalist from a news organization in a rural area attend one of IRE’s week-long CAR boot camps. It was established by IRE member Daniel Gilbert to give rural reporters skills that will help them uncover stories that otherwise would not come to light. The fellowship is offered in conjunction with The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
    Deadline: Rolling — 60 days before the Boot Camp you are applying to attend.


    California Endowment Fellowship
    Latino USA, a weekly show distributed by NPR and produced by The Futuro Media Group, is taking applications for the first of two (2) year-long California-based fellowships. We are seeking graduate students, recent graduates from a journalism program or young professionals with a passionate interest in reporting on California communities and health inequities.

    The Nieman Foundation at Harvard offers three types of fellowships for journalists. The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships offer short-term opportunities to pursue projects that will advance journalism. The Nieman Fellowships host approximately 24 journalists for an academic year to audit classes at Harvard and MIT, collaborate with peers and participate in Nieman programming designed to strengthen their professional skills and leadership capabilities. The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings one person to Harvard to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation as a joint fellow at the Nieman Foundation and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

    Knight-Mozilla Fellowship
    Various locations
    The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship places creative technologists in newsrooms to work on open-source tools and support reporting that strengthens the web and changes people’s lives. Knight-Mozilla Fellows spend 10 months working with newsroom technology teams to write open-source code, analyze and visualize data, and explore tough problems facing journalism.

    Images and Voices of Hope Fellowship
    ivoh’s fellowship is an extension of the organization’s work around Restorative Narrative — a genre of stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from a place of despair to a place of resilience. The fellowship, which will run February 1 through August 1, will provide five fellows with a stipend to spend six months telling Restorative Narratives in various communities.

    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.

    Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism
    The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a year long, full-time program administered by the Columbia Journalism School.

    Martha’s Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism
    The Martha’s Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism, created in association with the Noepe Center for the Literary Arts, will select a fellow who will work with reporters, editors and the Gazette’s webmaster in the Vineyard Gazette newsroom on a specific project that draws on publicly available data sources to create a dynamic news page. The Gazette has created the fellowship to promote experimentation and to cultivate the use of technology and multimedia in a traditional newsroom setting. Now in its second year, the fellowship is designed to give the fellow the experience of working in a small community newsroom while introducing the newspaper staff to new ideas and skills.

    The Charles Koch Institute’s Media and Journalism Fellowship
    The Charles Koch Institute’s Media and Journalism Fellowship provides promising writers, reporters, and multimedia professionals the opportunity to develop and refine their professional skills while working full-time in the industry. The year-long fellowship offers world-class curriculum and an individualized experience—including summits, online webinars, professional skills training, industry speakers, and mentoring—for the next generation of journalists and storytellers.

    Knight Science Journalism Fellowship
    The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting. KSJ@MIT is designed to recognize journalists who demonstrate a high level of professional excellence and accomplishment as well as a long-term commitment to their craft. Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis and are encouraged to apply.

    Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism
    Thanks to a campus-wide commitment to research and teaching on the many facets of environmental problems, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism awards five Ted Scripps Fellowships each year. Over the course of an academic year, fellows deepen their knowledge of the environment through courses, weekly seminars, and field trips. They also engage in independent study expected to lead to a significant piece of journalistic work. The program covers tuition and fees, including a recreation center pass, and provides a $56,000 stipend.

    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 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. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.

    Public Interest Technology Fellowship
    New America’s Public Interest Technology Fellowship Program is an ambitious new initiative designed to support an emerging public interest technology sector in America—the application of technology knowledge skills in policymaking and public service to help solve public problems.

    2017 Next Gen Radio Early Career Fellowship
    The Next Generation Radio Fellowship is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story.

    ICFJ Bringing Home the World Fellowship
    The Bringing Home the World Fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. The program helps level the playing field and redress the inequality minority journalists often face by giving them the opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers.

    Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellow
    The Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellowship for current undergraduate and graduate students is a 10-week, paid position where you can gain hands-on, real-world experience working on “PBS NewsHour.”

    Jennifer Leonard Scholarship
    The award sends women of modest means who are college students studying journalism or professional journalists with three or fewer years of working experience to IRE’s conferences.

    Global Religion Issues Reporting Fellowship
    The International Reporting Project accepts applications from professional journalists to report on global religion issues. Some of the areas on which proposals might focus include the relationship of religion to conflict and peace, environment and sustainability, political economy and development, health and education and gender, race and sexuality.

    JAWS CAMP Fellowship
    Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to its annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.

    Naughton Fellowship
    After two years, Poynter is reopening its Naughton Fellowship, a one-year position allowing the recipient to create journalism about journalism alongside the team of media reporters in St. Petersburg, Florida. The fellowship, which is named after former Poynter president and New York Times correspondent Jim Naughton, has been retooled this year to focus on visual journalism.

    N.S. Bienstock Fellowship
    An award established in 1999 by Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper, the original owners of N.S. Bienstock. Acquired by United Talent Agency in 2014, the firm now known as Bienstock, a UTA Company has been a leading talent agency in news and reality-based programming for more than 50 years and is a long-time member of RTDNA. This award recognizes a promising minority journalist in radio or television news.

    Michele Clark Fellowship
    RTDNF’s first fellowship is named for Michele Clark, the CBS News correspondent who was killed in a plane crash while on assignment in 1972. This fellowship is awarded to a young, promising minority professional in television or radio news.

    Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship
    Established by the RTDNF Board of Trustees in honor of Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield. Barney and Vada served in WWII and both had illustrious military careers. Barney’s long and impressive career included a stint as a Hollywood studio publicist, WWII Army and post-war Air Force public relations officer, author, and lecturer. Col. Oldfield was also a businessman and philanthropist who founded over 40 private foundations including RTDNF. This fellowship is awarded to a reporter or producer in radio or television news engaged covering national defense and security

    Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship
    This award was created to honor former news director and MedStar executive Jacque Minnotte, who died in 1993. This fellowship recognizes excellence in health or medical television and radio reporting.
    Mother Jones Digital Media Fellowship
    Mother Jones is looking for an all-star digital-media fellow to keep it current on social platforms, and enhance its multimedia coverage of breaking news—especially with snappy, smart video. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones‘ digital news team in our New York City office. Fellows will learn about every aspect of modern online publishing, collaborating with seasoned editors and reporters. They’ll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

    McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
    The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative, analytic, or narrative journalism.

    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator combines seed capital, hands-on help and a great co-working location with an expert team to positively impact the trajectory of early-stage startups. ERA runs two, four-month programs per year.

    Bianca Fortis is the associate editor of MediaShift, a founding member of the Transborder Media storytelling collective and a social media consultant. Follow her on Twitter @biancafortis.

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