List of international fellowships.
These fellowships are generally available for all freelancers to apply to, no matter what nationality.
Deadline: Rolling basis
The Reuters Institute, based at the University of Oxford, offers a limited number of Journalist Fellowships each year. The fully-funded Fellowships are aimed at practising journalists from all over the world, to enable them to research a topic of their choice, related to their work and the broader media industry, before returning to newsrooms. Fellowships last one, two or three terms. Applicants must have at least five years of journalistic experience and the ability to write at a publishable level of English, allowing you to participate in the fellowship and produce papers when necessary.
Deadline: Rolling basis
The International Center for Journalists offers two types of opportunities for an ICFJ Knight Fellowship: candidates may either propose a Fellowship or apply to a Fellowship opening (listed on the website). ICFJ accepts applications from candidates proposing their own Fellowship on a rolling basis throughout the year, and will select candidates based on fit for the mission and program criteria, and availability of funding. Applications, CVs and resumes must be in English.
This Fellowship provides support to international journalists who enroll in one of our graduate programs in journalism at the NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The 2019 Fellowship covers tuition expenses and registration fees for two of the three or four semesters of the program. The fellow will also receive a stipend of approximately $14,000 for each of the two semesters of the fellowship.
Each year Stanford University takes up to 20 journalists from around the world who have identified or articulated a challenge in journalism that they wish to pursue. Applicants are expected to explore a range of issues in pursuing their journalism projects, such as audience engagement, data science and new business models, and may leverage technology of all kinds in exploring their idea, including artificial intelligence and the internet of things. U.S. applicants typically have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants typically have at least five years of experience.
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, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The Center hosts eight one-semester residential fellowships each year (four per semester). Applicants must be a full-time journalist, politician, scholar or policymaker currently active in the field and fluent in English.
This Fellowship is offered to ten journalists each year from countries around the world. It provides an opportunity to learn firsthand how the principles of U.S. journalism promote transparency and accountability, through a schedule of study, travel and interviews around the country. WPI pays for all programme costs, including travel.
The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for veteran and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City. Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and digital reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience are eligible to apply. The Ochberg Fellowship covers roundtrip travel, lodging, meals and expenses directly related to participation.
The Open Society Fellowship tends to welcome proposals for work that undertakes challenges in the fields of freedom of information and expression. The fellowship itself provides a healthy stipend for journalists living and working anywhere in the world, to undertake work across journalism, academia, art and other fields. However, watch out – the fellowship does not fund the production of documentary films.
This prestigious fellowship has a freelance tradecraft component developed by the Rory Peck Trust, and is ‘seeking something different than conventional journalism programs’ – you don’t have to be an experienced journalist to apply, you just have a specialism that can help an audience’s comprehension of a specific subject – using journalism as your medium. The fellowship comprises intense mentoring and seminar participation alongside your developing career.
This Fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews, is designed to help journalists from the developing world do the kind of reporting they’ve always wanted to do and enable them to bring their work to a broader international audience. The Fellowship is open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists, freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S. who seek to report from their home country. Applicants must be proficient in English. Fellows receive a travel grant of $5,000 for a reporting project on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream media.
Run by the John Alexander Project, in collaboration with NPR, the Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising early-career radio journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. One fellow is selected each year based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months abroad, plus time at NPR in Washington, DC. Applicants should have 3-5 years of professional experience, including some radio experience. Above all, the applicant must express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.
The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project. Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and with the generous support of Genesis Imaging, the Grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £2,000 plus credit of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging. Applications are open to female photographers internationally, and those who are female-identifying.
Perspektivy has a scheme that aims to connect journalists in ‘cross-border’ collaboration. Journalists and bloggers from Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Baltics or the Caucasus have the opportunity to work together to produce stories through partnership and collaboration that transcend their national border. Participants are offered distance mentoring and seminars to help them to produce insightful stories. Perspektivy will cover participants’ costs for research trips as part of the project.
Each year, the program supports a diverse, international group of Fellows who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. Based in New York City, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice. During the program Fellows work on projects in their home communities with support from Magnum Foundation’s mentors. Magnum Foundation covers the cost of travel and room and board for the sessions in NYC. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects.
The World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust are committed to honoring Tim’s legacy through an ongoing, cooperative partnership. Following consultation with the Hetherington family, they launched a new fellowship in 2016, which will assist visual storytellers by providing access to training or mentorship so they can further their projects and mission. The selected fellow will receive an award of €5,000.
This Fellowship brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Both organisations share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation, and the evolution of the digital space. Proposals may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Candidates should either be working journalists or work for a news organisation in a business, technology, or leadership capacity. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply.
Kiplinger Fellows typically spend a week in April on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus, where they receive cutting-edge training on digital tools and tactics from leading industry experts. Topics include social media for reporting, branding and audience engagement; spreadsheets and data visualization; smartphone videography; and media ethics. The fellowships provide lodging, most meals and free training. Applications generally open in September for the following Spring’s fellowship.
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