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Fellowships: International

Fellowships: International

These fellowships are generally available for all freelancers to apply to, no matter what nationality.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Deadline: January

The Journalism Fellowship Programme enables mid-career journalists to improve their knowledge and to study issues important to their professional development. Each year, around 25 journalists from any nationality are offered fellowships through this scheme to study at the University of Oxford in UK. Fellowships can last three, six or nine months. Applicants must have five years’ of full time professional experience and a high level of written and spoken English.

Dart Ochberg Fellowships

Deadline: October

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar of programmes for senior and mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. The Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no fewer than five years’ journalism experience. Half of the fellows are drawn from North America, and the other half from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East.


John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships

Deadline: Fall 2016

'If you're looking for a Sabbatical, this program is not for you', according to the website. 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. The fellowship requirements desire between 5 and 7 years of experience to apply, but if you've identified a particular challenge, they'll certainly consider you. 

The Fellowship in Global Journalism: Munk School of Global Affairs

Deadline: Ongoing

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. There are still a few places left for 2016 in certain subject areas!

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Persephone Miel Fellowship

Deadline: Ongoing

This fellowship is designed to help journalists from the countries in the ‘developing world’ undertake the kind of reporting they want to file, and enable them to set the news agenda for their home country among an international audience. Fellows receive a $5000 travel grant with an emphasis on topics that have gone unreported or under-reported. Be sure to find out more!   

Joan Shorenstein Fellowship

Deadline: February

This Fellowship takes place over a single semester at Harvard University. Fellows must conduct research that makes advancements in the fields of Media, Politics, and Public Policy. Past Shorenstein Fellows include TV news anchors; national and international print, radio and television reporters; digital news innovators; presidential media advisors; leading scholars and policy analysts. It's a competitive programme with high entry requirements but experienced freelancers should have a go and apply. 

Kiplinger Programme in Public Affairs Journalism

Deadline: January

Funded by the Kiplinger Foundation, this short-term fellowship offers the opportunity for journalists from any nationality to undergo a course on digital media at Ohio State University. Print, broadcast and online journalists are able to eligible to apply, and all travel, accommodation and meal costs are covered. A good understanding of English is required.

World Press Institute Fellowship

Deadline: February

The WPI fellowship is offered to 10 journalists each year from countries around the world. It provides immersion into the governance, politics, media and journalism ethics of the U.S... through a schedule of study, travel and interviews around the country. WPI pays for all programme costs, including travel. 

Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fund

Deadline: December

Each year, the Magnum Foundation offers five fellowships for photojournalists to attend New York University’s Photography and Human Rights summer programme. The fellowship is aimed at experienced professionals who are looking to develop their skills in human rights photography. The fellowship will cover all the tuition costs of the six-week programme, as well as travel and board. All professionals living and working outside of North America and Western Europe are eligible to apply.

Niemann-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
Deadline: December

If you're interested in the topic of journalism innovation, then you may want to consider applying for this fellowship. It offers successful applicants the opportunity to take a year out of their professional career to undertake in-depth study of an issue relating to media innovation. The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $60,000. Applicants must be professional journalists who have at least five years' worth of professional experience.

Open Society Fellowship 

Deadline: September

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. 

Knight International Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: Ongoing

If you have an interesting project based around media innovation, then you may want to look into this fellowship, run by the International Center for Journalists. It offers year-long fellowships to experienced journalists who want to take time out of their everyday work to explore new ideas and services that "deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process".  Journalist from anywhere in the world (except for North America and Western Europe) are eligible to apply.


Cross-Border journalism programme - Perspektivy

Deadline: October

To reflect the needs of journalists 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. "Cross-Border journalism" programme is an opportunity for journalists and bloggers in the early and mid stages of their career looking for the chance to develop their skills in international reporting and enhance their professional network abroad.


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