Grants, fellowships and awards for January and February 2016 from AIR

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• Artist Trust Fellowships
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016
Details: Artist Trust Fellowships are designed to recognize artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline and potential for further professional development. Approximately 16 fellowships of $7,500

• The MacDowell Colony's Art of Journalism Initiative
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016 for summer 2016
Details: Fellowships for writers engaged in deep reporting and complex, long-form journalism during a residency at MacDowell, as well as grants of up to $2,500 based on financial need to fund travel, research, and other project-based work before or after the residency.

• Kresge Artist Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 21, 2016
Details: $25,000 award and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists in the dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts and visual arts.

• New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2016
Details: $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use

• Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016
Details: The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation and pays a $65,000 stipend over nine months.

• Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowships
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016
Details: Reuters Institute Journalist Fellows with a minimum of five years' experience in the field spend one, two or three terms at the University of Oxford. Awards may include travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance.

• Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016
Details: The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard hosts eight one-semester residential fellowships each year for journalists with a minimum of five years of experience. Stipend is $30,000 for one semester.

• Knight Wallace Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016
Details: Fellows devise a personalized study plan and participate in twice-weekly seminars. Extensive travel is a core component of the Knight-Wallace experience, with news tours to Argentina, Brazil and Turkey and a family trip to Northern Michigan. Stipends of $70,000 for U.S. fellows (varied for international fellows).

• Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016
Details: A one-year, $40,000 fellowship for a woman to develop and carry out a special project that will further the mission of Rosie’s Place anywhere in New England

• Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 9, 2016
Details: Journalists with fewer than 10 years' experience propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. Stipends range from $25,000 to $50,000.

• Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016
Details: A grant of $12,500 will be awarded to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition.

• The Reporting Award
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016
Details: The Reporting Award supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest. The maximum award is $12,500. Winners will have access to New York University’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities

• Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016
Details: A $70,000 stipend for science journalists with at least three years of experience, to enable them to explore science, technology, and the craft of journalism in depth, concentrate on a specialty in science, and to learn at some of the top research universities in the world.

Happy New Year, and the latest call for pitches from Upworthy

Happy new year freelancers! I've got big plans for FC in 2016 so keep spreading the word and keep an eye out for a bigger, better website! In the meantime, here's the latest from Upworthy.



Hi Upworthy freelancers,

Happy 2016!

As per usual, we'd like to call out some of our most viewed and most shared stories from December 2015:
Cheers to these pieces! Awesome work, and a great spread of topics and writing.
We also have 3 other reminders for you this month:

1. Our freelance program manager is out for two weeks in January, so we'll be a bit delayed in responding to pitches and emails. Expect responses from us during the week of January 18th, and please know that we're doing our best to get through pitches and questions quickly.

2. We're now using a Google Form to collect your pitches (instead of email). So it would be great if you could submit your story ideas using that form from now on. Questions can still be directed to!

3. Our fearless leader, Amy O'Leary, wrote a great year-end round up about what we've been up to at Upworthy in 2015, and we hope you'll read it here.

But we also hope you'll take note of how she pitched 3 stories in that blog. Each is 2-4 sentences, and a perfect elevator pitch. When we ask you to summarize your story in that pitch form, this is what we want: the characters, the conflict, the surprise, and the meaning… all wrapped up in a few short sentences.

This is tough work, but when we see pitches like this, we celebrate
​… and then we pick them up right away.

One last thing: We're always looking for stories not topics. Climate change is a topic. Gun control is a topic. A story, on the other hand, has characters, drama, great photos, surprising details, and a narrative arc. Check out our pitching packet to be reminded of this!

We look forward to hearing from you this month!
All of the best,
The Upworthy Freelance Team