Now’s the perfect time of year to be applying to some of the world’s most prestigious journalism fellowships. But these applications can be arduous and time-consuming tasks with many components to be completed. To make sure you don’t miss any crucial deadlines, it’s essential to start preparing ahead of time.
So if you’re on the lookout for the fellowship that will kick-start your career, keep these eight opportunities — and their deadlines — in mind:
Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) Fellowship Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018
Media professionals with innovative ideas to advance the practice or understanding of journalism can apply to this residential fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) in Columbia, Missouri. Fellows can be based at the University of Missouri or at the fellow’s own newsroom. Stipends vary depending on fellowship length, ranging up to US$10,000 per month. For more information, click here.
Reuters Journalism Fellowship Program Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
Ambitious and high-achieving journalists can spend one to three terms at Oxford University with this research fellowship from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Fellows produce an academic paper on a topic of their choosing while taking in Oxford’s academic, cultural and social life. Projects that focus on journalism and democracy; business of journalism; journalism practice; and media policy are especially sought. For more information, click here.
Spencer Fellowship for Education Journalism Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
The Spencer Fellowship for Education Journalism, offered by Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, allows journalists, educators and researchers to spend one year conducting academic research at Columbia University. Fellows’ research will inform a longform journalism project that focuses on the American education system. A US$75,000 stipend is provided. For more information, click here.
Joan Shorenstein Center Fellowship at Harvard Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government is hosting the Joan Shorenstein Center Fellowship, which allows journalists to share, expand and research public policy and political affairs. Fellows spend one semester in residence at Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, receiving a US$30,000 stipend over the course of the semester. For more information, click here.
Knight-Bagehot Fellowships Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018
The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism allows journalists to grow their understanding of business, economics and finance for one year at Columbia University in New York. Fellows enroll in courses at Columbia's graduate schools of journalism, business, law and international affairs and attend seminars, briefings and field trips with New York-based media organizations and financial institutions. Each fellow receives a $60,000 stipend and free tuition. For more information, click here.
World Press Institute Fellowships Deadline: Feb. 16, 2018
Non-U.S. journalists can apply to this fellowship and expand their knowledge of American journalism and media. World Press Institute fellows will spend time at newsrooms in cities across the country, including New York and Washington, reporting on social issues and observing how the U.S. media covers these topics. For more information, click here.
Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018
Midcareer journalists who report on science, technology, the environment or medicine can apply to the Knight Science Journalism Program, a nine-month, two-semester program at MIT that aims to spur vigorous, accurate and independent coverage of science and technology. Fellows take part in seminars, digital media trainings, workshops, field trips and more. A $70,000 stipend is provided, along with other benefits. For more information, click here.
Data Journalism Awards Deadline: March 26, 2018
This year’s Data Journalism Awards, organized by the Global Editors Network (GEN), are open for entries. Twelve winners will each receive a US$1,801 prize and recognition at GEN’s awards ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal. Past winners include BuzzFeed, Quartz, The New York Times, The Guardian, ProPublica and La Nación, in addition to smaller outlets like Ojo Público, Civio Foundation and Convoca. For more information, click here.
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