SPJ Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, deadline June 22

Another opportunity from the SPJ – this one is a fellowship for editorial writing, deadline June 22. Details HERE and below. -mia


Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

Postmark deadline for entries: June 22 

(If you're looking for the Pulliam First Amendment Award, it can be found here)

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist at a U.S. newspaper to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The cash award allows Pulliam Editorial Fellows to:

— Take courses
— Pursue independent study
— Travel 
— Pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue


The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship is a Sigma Delta Chi Foundation educational program of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Society first offered the fellowship in 1977. It is funded by a grant from Mrs. Eugene C. Pulliam honoring the memory of her husband, one of the original members of the Society, which was founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi. Eugene C. Pulliam was the publisher of The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.

What the fellowship provides

The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. The fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Pulliam fellowship, a candidate must:

— Hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States.
— Have at least three years experience as an editorial writer or columnist.

— Demonstrate outstanding writing and analytical abilities.
— Secure assurances by the editor or publisher that the applicant will be allowed sufficient time to pursue the fellowship without jeopardizing employment. (Fellows do not have to leave their jobs.)

— Demonstrate ability and intent to publish work within 18 months of selection. (If selected, work must be published within 18 months of receiving the fellowship).

The selected applicant must provide a post-fellowship written report on how funds were used. Each Fellowship recipient will become a mentor to the following year’s recipient. 


The Fellowship has no formal application form. Each applicant should submit the following materials:

— A cover letter stating the purpose and nature of the proposed study, a time line for accomplishing the work, and a plan for how the stipend will be used. The cover letter should contain complete contact information for the applicant including mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. 

— The editor’s endorsement. 
— A one-page professional biography and summary of professional experience.
— Five samples of editorials or columns. (Please submit on 8.5 x 11 paper).

Applications for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship should be sent to:

Pulliam Editorial Fellowship 
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

All entries must be in English. Applications must be postmarked by June 22nd. If selected, applicant should consult with their financial and/or tax adviser. Any tax implications associated with the Fellowship are the responsibility of the Fellowship recipient. 

Selection and Presentation

A panel of judges will review materials submitted by all the applicants and select the Fellow. The Fellowship presentation will take place during the 2011 National Conference of Editorial Writers Convention.


For more information contact SPJ Headquarters at 317/927-8000 or by e-mail: awards@spj.org

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