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Fellowships galore from GIJN, IJNet, and The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team

Very cool fellowship from The Boston Globe's Spotlight team. I love to see the production companies capitalizing on the film's success in this way. Nice! – Deadline Feb 29

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.

And The Global Investigative Journalism Network released a giant list of fellowships here: – Various deadlines.
Seeking a chance to improve your skills and expand your world? Tired of the everyday routine in your newsroom? We regularly update our guide to grants and fellowships. These are programs of special interest to investigative journalists around the world. There are plenty of short-term and long-term opportunities, both for staff and freelance reporters. Follow the links for information on deadlines and background on the various programs.

We've targeted this list to investigative journalists. For a comprehensive listing of fellowships for journalists and journalism students generally, see the Opportunities section of our friends at IJNet (and search "fellowships").

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2016 Screen Forward Labs seeks Innovative Creators with Story-Driven, Serialized Projects, deadline March 4

Are you inspired by Serial? So is the IFP apparently. Applications for the 2016 Screen Forward Labs are now open with an emphasis on serialized projects. Details HERE and below. Application deadline March 4.


To apply, click here.


Who Can Apply

*Innovative creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including, but not limited to, web series, VR, or app-based work (Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, etc)

*All projects must have at minimum a representative visual sample (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place and cannot have launched publicly. 

*Web projects in early development (script/pitch stage only) are not eligible for the Labs.

About the Program

IFP’s Screen Forward Labs is a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward. Inspired by the Independent Filmmaker Labs that focuses on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Labs will support innovative media creators with $10,000 worth of services and support. An intensive week-long Lab will provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work.

A free six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors will follow. The Lab will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, digital distributors, network executives, tech companies, and partners at Screen Forward Newfronts.

2015 Advisors and Program Mentors included Ingrid Jungermann (The Slope and F to 7th), Michael Gottwald (High Maintenance and Beasts of the Southern Wild), as well as industry leaders Saschka Unseld (Oculus Story Studio) and Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media).

For more information on how to apply, please see our Program Guidelines.

To keep up to date, follow IFP: on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Youtube. For IFP’s weekly newsletter, sign up on the bottom right of this page!

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USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship, $2-10K, deadline March 18

Apply now for the National Health Journalism Fellowships at USC Annenberg / The National Center for Health Journalism. Includes a week's training in LA (July 17-21 and grants to support your reporting. Collaborative projects are encouraged, especially between mainstream and ethnic media. Details below.
USC Annenberg/National Center for Health Journalism
February 1, 2016
When: July 17-21, 2016
Where: Los Angeles
Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2016

Are you a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to matter? If so, USC Annenberg invites you to apply to apply for the all-expenses-paid National Health Journalism Fellowship — 4 1/2 days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles, a proving ground for new ways to think about health, plus reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000.

This year, the program will focus on vulnerable children and their families and the community conditions that help determine their prospects for health and well-being.

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Health Journalism Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online journalists from around the country. About half of the 20 National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000 each to undertake ambitious reporting projects on underserved communities, healthcare reform or vulnerable children. The other half will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds — the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund and the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being.

The Hunt Fund will support investigative or explanatory projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on a community's health, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health care and access to healthy food. The Child Well-being Fund will support investigative or explanatory reporting on the impact of poverty, trauma or adversity in childhood .

Competition for the National Fellowship and the specialty reporting grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers. The grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel, database acquisition and analysis, translation services, community engagement strategies and a journalist's otherwise uncompensated time. Preference is given to applicants who propose co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic media.

For more information, visit or e-mail Martha Shirk at To improve your prospects for success, we strongly recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance (no later than March 16).

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Apply Now for IRP’s Next Trip – Southern Africa – deadline Feb 16

IRP's next reporting trip is to South Africa! Details HERE and below. Application deadline Feb 16. -Mia


Apply for Reporting Trip to Southern Africa by February 16!

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to announce a group reporting trip focusing on health and development issues in southern Africa from May 7-21, 2016.

Southern Africa 2016


January 21, 2016

South Africa, one of the continent’s largest nations, with a population of 55 million, and its less populous neighbors face challenges both similar and diverging in their health systems. The region grapples with extraordinarily high rates of HIV, often exacerbated by co-infections of tuberculosis or malaria. Neglected tropical disease response is jeopardized by lagging funding. Water and sanitation shortcomings continue to play an important role, especially in light of the drought and effects of El Niño expected to worsen in coming months.

In this context, IRP fellows to southern Africa will explore emerging research to develop new health and development tools, and the challenges of bringing them to scale. How does promising research in these fields lead to on-the-ground delivery that improves people’s lives? This is a particularly relevant question in South Africa, home to numerous globally recognized research institutions.

In July 2016 in Durban, a two-day TB conference followed by the world HIV/AIDS conference will put the spotlight once again on the continued challenges presented by efforts to stem these diseases.

Fellows on the two-week reporting trip will look at these issues and many more in South Africa, with a few days spent in one of its neighboring countries. We will meet with key government leaders, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, members of the scientific and business communities, religious and media leaders, and others.

How to Apply

For this trip, we are accepting applications only from citizens or residents of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The southern Africa trip is open to innovative journalists, bloggers, influential social media practitioners, and other media professionals. This trip is not open to students.

All candidates must complete an application form and provide a detailed essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they might pursue and which outlets will publish their work.

This is a working trip, and participants will produce stories such as articles, slideshows, video, audio, blog posts, infographics, social media posts and more.

More Details

The IRP will purchase the fellows’ round-trip air tickets to southern Africa and will pay for visas, hotel costs, local transportation and several meals. Fellows who wish to extend their stay after the fellowship will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.

All fellows on the trip are required to participate in the sessions arranged for the group program. Much of the value of a group reporting trip comes from both meetings that IRP arranges and the interactions the fellows have with each other. Some independent reporting time will be included in the schedule. However, if you prefer to have more flexibility in your reporting schedule, we strongly encourage you to extend your trip or to apply for our individual reporting fellowships.

All of the stories will be republished on the IRP site and co-owned by the fellow (or his/her distribution partners, depending on arrangements) and the IRP. In addition, the work produced as a result of the trip may be posted, with permission of the fellow, on the social media channels of the IRP funders. This trip is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our frequently asked questions and apply for the trip by midnight (EST) on February 16, 2016!

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Announcing the Missouri Review’s 9th Annual Miller Audio Prize, deadline March 15

The Missouri Review wants your submissions for their annual audio competition. CASH prizes! Details below. Deadline March 15. -Mia

We at The Missouri Review, a multi-media literary journal, are excited to announce that our 2016 Miller Audio Competition is underway, and we would love to receive work from the members of your organization. We will accept entries both via mail and online. Prizes will be awarded for high-quality recordings of poets and writers reading their work for Poetry, Prose, Audio Documentary, and Humor categories.

More than slick production or fancy bells and whistles, we are looking for good, exciting, and compelling writing for all four of our categories.

The winner of each of the four categories receives $1,000. Winning entries and runners-up will be featured on our podcast. All entrants receive a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review.

Our guest contest judge this year is Andrea Silenzi, who is the Senior Producer of The Gist with Mike Pesca, a daily news show from Slate. She also hosts the podcast Why Oh Why, a show about relationships. Her work has aired on Serendipity, The Organist from the Believer Magazine, BBC4, StoryCorps, PRI's Studio 360, WNYC News, Re:Sound, APM's Performance Today, Saltcast, and on Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that's 67.

We are also excited to once again offer pay-by-donation entry fees! Now you decide what you will pay to enter the competition. (Previously, entry to the Miller Audio Contest cost $20). All contributions go directly towards supporting the continued production of The Missouri Review, its awards, and related programs.

Deadline: March 15th, 2016

For full details and to download an entry form, please see our website:

Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested!

Thanks very much in advance for helping to get the word out, and we hope to listen to your work soon!

Best regards,

Anne Barngrover

Contest Editor
The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Call for Entries for Rough Cuts in March, San Francisco, deadline Feb 12

Announcing a Call for Entries for Rough Cuts in March!


Deadline is Friday, February 12th

Rough Cuts is currently seeking documentaries in post for our next event on Tuesday, March 8th at KQED in San Francisco.

We are seeking long-form works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer. Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).


Also, filmmakers who submit are eligible for FINE CUTSour editorial consultation program now in its second year.

To submit, visit:


And for more details about Rough Cuts and our programs, visit:


Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at various locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a long-form documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet, talk and catch up.

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2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs for first-time feature filmmakers, deadline March 1

See here and below for info on the IFP Filmmaker labs. I don't have direct experience with this, but if any of you do and want to share, shoot me an email or post on the FC facebook page.


Application for the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs are now open! Deadline to apply: March 1st

To apply for the Documentary Lab,click here.

To apply for the Narrative Lab, click here.

The Labs are presented with the generous support of the

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About the Program

IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.

The IFP Screen Forward Labs, a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward! For more information, click here.

2016 Program Dates 

Application Deadline: March 1st

Time Warner Foundation Completion Lab
 May 9 -13, 2016
Narrative: May 23 – 27, 2016
Independent Film Week: September 17  – 22, 2016
Distribution Lab: November 2016

To keep up to date, follow IFP: on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Youtube.

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Extended Deadline For Radio Is Yours Radio Contest from, Jan 17

Interested in submitting for the awards in Portland, OR? Well you have a few more days. Extended deadline Jan 17.

In the wake of the busy holidays, we've had a lot of late registrants that just heard of the contest and requested more time. We want to hear you. And we are merciful.

SO, here's what's happening: we are opening a second round of submissions, with the absolute final deadline on the following weekend on Sunday Jan. 17th by 1pm PST / 4pm EST.

We also aim to notify official selections within 72 hours of submitting, so you can decide to attend the awards show. The rest of the finalists will be selected from the second round of submissions.

In other news, here's a list of our confirmed judges (so far) that will be listening to your pieces:

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
Rukaiyah Adams of Meyer Trust
Portia Sabin of Kill Rockstars
Dan Kennedy of the Moth
Andrew Leland of the Organist
Seth Romatelli of Uh Yeah Dude
Zoe Carpenter of the Nation
Richard Meeker of the Willamette Week

Woohoo! Get excited and get those pieces in! Please consult the Radio Is Yours rules for details on how to submit, as well as a full prize list!

Cheers, and happy storytelling!
The Team

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£4,000 audio prize from the Whicker’s World Foundation and In the Dark, deadline Jan 31

Very cool award opportunity from the folks at In the Dark and the Whicker's World Foundation. Deadline Jan 31. Details below!


The Whicker's World Foundation in collaboration with In The Dark is calling for submissions for The Whicker’s World Audio Award. The best audio project will receive £4,000 and runner-up would be awarded £1,000. The first prizes will be presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2016.

Deadline for applications is January 31st 2016.

More details here:

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Media and Journalism Fellowships, from Media Shift

More fantastic resources from Mediashift – this one on fellowships, worldwide.

Media and Journalism Fellowships: Jan. 6 Edition

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 contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. All featured fellowships are paid promotional slots.


ProPublica Reporting Fellowship
We are looking for a reporting fellow to work in our newsroom. The fellowship is a minimum of 16 weeks and can last for up to a year. We’re ready for you to start as soon as you’re available. It’s full-time, based in New York, and compensation is $700 per week.  Fellows primarily report their own stories —like this one — but also collaborate with ProPublica’s reporters on big projects. We’re looking for somebody who has done reporting, and loves doing it.
Fall Deadline: No deadline set, apply ASAP

Bridges Fellowship
Bay Area Video Coalition’s Bridges Fellowship asks, “What can young adults learn from media arts professionals that can help them make a positive impact on their lives, their careers, and their communities?” Participants, ages 18-26, investigate how artists and start-up innovators alike make their living as successful tech and media entrepreneurs, while exploring connections between media-making and social justice. Applicants must be low-income, and between the ages of 18-26, and reside in the Bay Area. Priority will be given to individuals with barriers to employment. Applicants must be able to commit to all program components and dates. Applicants must possess a drive to excel in their respective field of media arts and tech, and be committed to social justice.
Deadline Information: Applications for 2016 TBA.

Asia Journalism Fellowship
The Asia Journalism Fellowship is an initiative of Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. It brings journalists from across Asia to NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for three months of learning and exchange. Away from the deadline pressures of their jobs, Fellows pursue their intellectual interests in one of Asia’s leading universities. The semi-structured programme is designed to sharpen professional skills and deepen understanding of trends in media and communication. It also provides access to key newsmakers in Singapore’s public sector, business community and civil society, offering insights into the challenges faced by one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan hub cities.
Deadline Information: Applications for 2016 opening in January.

Multimedia Skills Building for Georgian Journalists
Eighteen journalists will be selected for this two-pronged program, which will include a 16-day study tour to four U.S. cities where participants will attend training sessions, meetings and site visits that will expose them to cutting-edge digital tools, skills and methods. The program will begin with an orientation in Washington, D.C. and continue to Silicon Valley; Austin, Texas and New York City. English language skills are desirable but are not required. Interpretation and translation will be provided for non-English speakers. Following the study tour, participants will return to Georgia, where they will receive two months of online mentoring from seasoned digital journalists who will help participants apply their newly acquired skills in their newsrooms at home. Mentors will guide the participants as they work on content production, audience engagement and innovative business models.
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016

Witness Media Lab Curation Fellowship
The WITNESS Media Lab Curation Fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist, activist, or documentarian the opportunity to conduct innovative human rights reporting and advocacy by bridging citizen footage with human rights methodology. The fellow will conduct research and compile a report on a human rights story primarily using eyewitness video (often called “citizen journalism” or “user-generated content”). The report will be shared on and potentially by media or advocacy partners. The fellow will also document the process and share challenges, strategies, and learnings on the WITNESS Media Lab blog. Finally, the fellow will work to engage with target audiences around the report, its findings, and its methodology.
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016

A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America
Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America program has been reopened for applicants from Honduras and Nicaragua only. This 18-month, multi-phase program is for 28 Latin American professional fellows and 10 of their U.S. counterparts. ICFJ and its selected partner organizations in each country will recruit professional and citizen journalists, media business managers, digital entrepreneurs and technologists to create media business models that harness the power of digital tools to generate sustainable new revenue. Applicants must be fluent in English. The selected Latin American fellows will complete a month-long program in the United States which begins with an orientation at ICFJ’s headquarters. Each fellow will then participate in a three-week internship at carefully selected U.S. institutions.
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2016

Hearst Journalism Fellowship
If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future — a trained professional who knows a good story and who has the talent and confidence to tell it in a way that best imparts its relevance and importance to news consumers — the Hearst Fellowship might be perfect for you. This is the premier two-year newspaper fellowship in the country. Our goal is to recruit, train and retain the best of the next generation of journalists — top-notch multi-media professionals with a broad range of skills. The program consists of two 12-month rotations at our top metro papers and websites. Fellows are full-fledged journalists expected to make significant, valuable contributions in a variety of roles and platforms.
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016

Martha’s Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism 
The Gazette has created the fellowship to promote experimentation and to cultivate the use of multimedia journalism techniques in a traditional newsroom setting. The successful fellow will have professional journalism experience and demonstrated audio, video and/or digital production skills. We are seeking a mature, multimedia journalist with the ability and desire to work as part of a newsroom team, to share knowledge and to produce compelling news packages.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016 

Reporting Rural Poverty and Agriculture Development
In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified.  With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, the Thomson Reuters Foundation will bring together journalists from around the world in Rome to attend the IFAD Governing Council.  The aim is to build specific expertise and increase familiarity and knowledge of issues faced by rural communities, help journalists to present new viewpoints, promote discussion and dialogue on how small-scale agriculture can respond to the growing demand for food, and the essential need to support rural transformation and smallholder agriculture.
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2016 

Media Fellowship on South Asian Initiative on Migrant Labor
The fellowships are being offered by Panos South Asia as a part of a Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) project for encouraging dialogue and discussion on migrant labour issues among concerned stakeholders. Applications are invited from print, television, radio and web journalists writing/reporting on migrant labour issues from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The fellowship will support writing/reporting stories on migrant labor from the region and labor-receiving countries. The fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in an orientation workshop in the last week of February 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal and first-hand experience trip to select destination countries that will link them with individuals and institutions from these neighboring countries and understand migrant-related issues from a South Asian perspective. The fellowship also offers an opportunity of being mentored by experienced editors.
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2016 

Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship for Minority Journalists
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. Applications are now open.
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2016 

Jefferson Fellowships
The Jefferson Fellowships offer print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands the unique opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives and build international networks to enhance their reporting through an intensive one-week education and dialogue seminar at the East-West Center in Honolulu followed by two weeks of study tour travel in the Asia Pacific-U.S. region.
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016 

Reuters Journalism Fellowship Program
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University hosts fellows for three, six or nine months, and is currently accepting fellows for its Google Digital News Journalist Fellowship, Lion Rock Spirit Fellowship, Mona Megalli Fellowship and Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship. More information about the fellowships are availablehere.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016 


Community Stories Grant
The Community Stories program funds projects that focus on the collection and sharing of real stories of California’s communities. Projects must involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor, use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research, and produce work that is publicly accessible. Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions. Grant awards range up to $10,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required. There are two yearly rounds of open applications for Community Stories.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young journalists, age 40 and under, the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations. U.S. and Canadian applications are due March 1, 2016, German applications due on February 1, 2016.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016/Mar. 1, 2016

O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Backed by the resources of Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O’Brien Fellows will spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most deeply about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives. This fully funded fellowship allows newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance while they also mentor the next generation of journalists.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Board of Directors meets three to four times each year to consider grant applications for investigative projects and books. The deadlines for 2016 are Monday February 1, Monday May 16, and Monday September 26 – all at 5pm ET. The board of directors looks for stories that brean new ground and expose wrongdoing — such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power — in the public and private sectors.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
Cambridge, MA
The fellowship brings journalists, policymakers and scholars together to the Harvard Kennedy School to advance research in media, politics and public policy.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship
University of Michigan
The Knight-Wallace Fellowship offers an academic year of study, reflection and growth for six international and 12 American journalists at the University of Michigan. Fellows pursue a personalized plan of study, attend twice-weekly seminars focusing on journalism and academia and receive a stipend of $70,000.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship
The Fellowship is a living tribute to Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning Azeri journalist, who was imprisoned by authorities on December 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in jail in an attempt to silence her. This Fellowship seeks to ensure that her voice is heard, and that her work to use journalism in support of democracy continues. It is sponsored by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in partnership with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Candidates must be fluent in English and from RFE/RL’s broadcast region:  Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Journalist Law School
The challenge of reporting on the legal system without a law degree is daunting. To help support journalists who cover the courts on national, regional or local levels, the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, has developed the journalist law program consisting of a four-day intensive seminar on the legal system. Lectures, lodging and most meals are covered by the program. View the program overview or the 2016 JLS brochure‌ for further details. The 11th-Annual Journalist Law School fellowship will be held June 8-11, 2016.
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2016

2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting,  a global leader in providing science training for journalists, is accepting applications for its competitive 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems, June 5-12, 2016. The workshop will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions and home to Metcalf Institute. Ten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, room and board, and career-changing professional training.
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2016

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
The Fellowship funds a one-year writing project focusing on American culture and free society. Separate fellowships also focus on environment, free enterprise and law enforcement. Full-time fellows will receive $50,000, and part-time fellows will receive $25,000. A journalistic project funded under this program should be original and publishable. It will be delivered in four quarterly installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical publication or all together as a book. In addition to the funds set aside to reimburse the Fellow’s expenses —  $10,000 for a full-time fellowship and $5,000 for a part-time fellowship — the fellowship grant will be paid in four increments to correspond with completion of the quarterly writing installments.
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2016

RJI Residential Fellow
Missouri School of Journalism
Designed for persons inside and outside media industries who want to collaborate with RJI in the pursuit of solutions to a particular journalism problem. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, taking advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the school and interacting with Missouri faculty and students. Some examples include: access to programmers and app developers, financial support to conduct market research and hiring students to produce multi-media content. Solutions, in the form of strategies, products or services, developed from these ideas would be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia for the duration of this fellowship.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

RJI Non-Residential Fellow
Designed for entrepreneurial individuals with a strong interest in journalism and issues related to digital communications. Your fellowship can be about something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. Successful ideas, products or strategies should serve as a model for the news industry or help the industry get smarter, faster, nimbler. You do not need to live in Columbia, Missouri, but will need to make occasional visits to consult with RJI leadership and staff.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

RJI Institutional Fellows
Designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas inside newsrooms, ad departments, boardrooms, break rooms, etc., that for various reasons can’t get any traction. RJI will collaborate with a leader at a company or institution who will identify an employee who can develop an idea or lead a team that could do it. The employee will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job. The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used for salary relief for the fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

World Press Institute Fellowship
The WPI fellowship is offered to 10 journalists from countries around the world. It provides immersion into the governance, politics, business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States for experienced international journalists, through a demanding schedule of study, travel and interviews throughout the country. The program begins in mid-August and ends in mid-October. The fellows will spend three weeks in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and then travel to several U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., for briefings, interviews and visits. They will return to Minnesota for the final week of the program. 
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Fellowship in Global Journalism
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
This fellowship recruits 20 fellows from around the world with subject-matter expertise to become leading global correspondents. Participants receive mentoring from professional journalists while freelancing for major media outlets and attending journalism courses and lectures. They will continue to receive free coaching for two years after graduating in April 2017.
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2016

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program 2016
Princeton University
PUSJP is one of the country’s most innovative and successful programs working to provide opportunities to outstanding high school students from low-income backgrounds. We welcome about 25 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an all-expenses-paid, intensive 10-day seminar on journalism. After the program ends, counselors stay in touch with students to help guide them through the college admissions process. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend come from across the country. The program will enter its 15th summer in 2016. It will take place from August 5 to August 15.
Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

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’sPulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

Knight Science Journalism Fellowship
Midcareer journalists covering science, technology, the environment or medicine can apply for a fellowship at MIT. The Knight Science Journalism Fellowships host international and U.S. journalists for a nine months of personalized study, auditing courses at MIT and Harvard, attending lectures and interviewing faculty members. Fellows receive a US $70,000 stipend plus tuition. Additional benefits include health insurance, research trip stipends, conference stipends and access to MIT and Harvard resources.Applicants must have English proficiency and at least three years of experience as reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators or photojournalists. They may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio or the web.
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

Senior Journalists Seminar: “Bridging Gaps in US Relations with the Muslim World” 
For senior journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations; study tour destinations in the United States, Southeast Asia and South Asia are intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding religion and its role in the public sphere, specifically as it concerns US relations with the Muslim world. Program dates: August 24-September 18, 2016; Application Period: February-April 2016.


Alexia Foundation Grant Program
Various locations
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.

Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships
The Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) program was initiated in 1998 for the purpose of strengthening understanding between Asia and the United States through study, dialogue and field study in the Asia Pacific for American journalists. Each program offers opportunities for six to eight senior American broadcast, print, and online journalists to participate. 2016 Program pending.

Associated Press Global News Internship Program
Various locations
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

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.

China-United States Journalist Exchange
For Chinese and American journalists. Chinese journalists travel to three cities in the United States; American journalists travel to three cities in China. After their study tours, all journalists meet for dialogue to conclude the program. Program dates: September 2016 (exact dates TBD)

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
Dallas, TX
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.

Fulbright Journalism & Communications Grants
Fulbright offers opportunities in Germany, Ireland, Spain and Taiwan. The timeline for this year is now closed but will start again in the early spring.

Google Journalism Fellowships
Various locations
The fellowship is for undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways at various organizations.

Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR)
The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences in the following nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Deadline: Mar. 2, 2016

Knight-Mozilla Fellowship
Various locations
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-Bagehot Fellowship
Columbia Journalism School
This year-long fellowship for business and finance journalists allows participants to strengthen their knowledge of business, economics and finance. Fellows receive free tuition to take courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, business, law and international affairs, as well as a receive a $55,000 stipend.
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2016


Korea-United States Journalist Exchange
For Korean and American journalists. Korean journalists travel to three cities in the United States; American journalists travel to three cities in South Korea. 2016 program pending.

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.

Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship
Phoenix, AZ
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.

Metpro Tribune
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.

Munk School of Global Affairs Global Journalism Fellowship
Toronto, Canada
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
Various locations
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.

Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme
Oxford, UK
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 2015 application period for this fellowship is postponed.

Scripps Howard Foundation Multimedia Fellowship
Washington DC
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, applications open in December.

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Atlanta, GA
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.
Deadline: Apr. 13, 2016

U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar
For mid-career journalists; study tour to report before, during and after the U.S. presidential election from key states in the American electoral system. Program dates: November 1-13, 2016. Application releases early 2016

Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist reporting in India and the United States, and is the editorial assistant at MediaShift. Her work has appeared in a broad range of media, including the Al Jazeera Media Network, Caravan, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Mashable, New York Times, PRI’s The World, Roads & Kingdoms and VICE News. She previously produced the grant-funded podcast series Shizuoka Speaks, based in Japan. She is on Twitter andInstagram @sonipaul.

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