AAAS Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship
This paid summer internship is for undergraduate students who are deeply committed to diversity and interested in pursuing journalism as a career. It takes place at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world, under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. Includes travel to D.C. Living accommodations and expenses are the responsibility of the intern. Application information.
Deadline: Mar 5, 2021
Abe Fellowship Program
The Abe Fellowship Program encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program fosters the development of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics and willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network. In partnership with the SSRC, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established the Abe Fellowship Program as its flagship program in 1991. The Abe Fellowship Program includes two core elements: the Abe Fellowship and the Abe Fellowship for Journalists.
Deadlines: Sep 1 annually (Abe Fellowship, scholar element); Sep 15 annually (Abe Fellowship for Journalists)
Above the Fray Fellowship
Above the Fray, a fellowship in conjunction with NPR, is the keynote program of the John Alexander Project. The fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist, with at least three but no more than five years' professional experience, the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. The fellow will be selected based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR. The program seeks candidates who combine the depth of traditional journalism with the technical innovation of new media and who express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.
Jul 1, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19. 2021 program is slated to open May 1, 2021 with deadline of Jul 1.
Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism
The Nieman Foundation, with funding from the Abrams Foundation, will support up to three fellowships in the 2019-20 academic year for U.S. journalists working in local news. The fellows will spend two semesters at Harvard, followed by up to nine months working in the field on a public service journalism project. This pilot fellowship program grew out of a shared belief by the two foundations that public service fact-based local and regional investigative journalism is a vital component in a healthy democracy and is in need of new and creative means of support.
Deadlines: The Fellowships are not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year due to COVID-19. Check here for updates.
Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowships
In partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism, these annual six-month opportunities include a General Fellowship for early-career professional journalists from developing countries and the Daniel Pearl Fellowship for journalists from South Asia and the Middle East to work in U.S. newsrooms to experience the dynamics of a free press environment firsthand. Must be proficient in English. Includes travel, health insurance and basic living expenses.
Deadline: Aug 31, 2020
Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowships
The Alicia Patterson Foundation awards grants of $40,000 for twelve months and $20,000 for six months (includes covering costs of travel and research costs) to working journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and to write articles based on their investigations for The APF Reporter. Open only to U.S. citizens who are full-time print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work full-time for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. Includes reporters, writers, editors and photographers. Must have five years of professional print experience, not necessarily consecutive. Full-time free-lancers are welcome. Applications are accepted beginning every June 1; early submissions are much appreciated. Winners are expected to begin their fellowships within the first three months of the calendar year. Note: An additional fellow specializing in either science or environmental journalism will be added. This fellow will be designated as a Cissy Patterson fellow, in honor of Alicia's aunt, the publisher Cissy Patterson. No special application is needed. All fellows applying for the Alicia Patterson fellowship and applications that deal with science or the environment will be considered for this additional fellowship. Science and environmental topics will continue to be awarded Alicia Patterson fellowships.
Deadline: Postmarked by October 1 annually
Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program
This International Center for Journalists' program offers outstanding young media professionals (age 21-40) from the United States, Canada and Germany an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries. Open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station or news agency, and to freelancers. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged. For North American fellows, a cash stipend covers living expenses during the two-month fellowship in Germany. Participants receive cash for travel expenses (or travel vouchers for transatlantic flights), and the program also pays living expenses during the orientation in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2021 (US and CDN applicants)
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellowships
The Media Fellowship program of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada offers up-and-coming and established journalists the opportunity to spend time in Asia, researching and preparing stories. The program aims to help Canadian journalists to become better informed about this dynamic part of the world in order to write and broadcast insightfully on Asia and the Canada-Asia relationship. The Foundation will award up to three fellowships valued at up to $10,000 each. The Media Fellowships are a component of the Foundation's Research Grants Program, funded through the proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada.
Deadline: Apr 26, 2019. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, APF Canada suspended the 2020-21 Media Fellowship program, with plans to resume the program for the 2021-22 intake early in the new year (2021).
Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships
The East-West Center's 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.
Deadline: By invitation only
Berkeley Advanced Media Institute Workshops
At the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Institute provides digital media workshops and custom training programs for career professionals in the art of multimedia storytelling, video, photography, social media, data visualization and digital publishing, across multiple platforms. Expanding on the initiatives that the Knight Digital Media Center had developed, now offered are a widening array of well-priced training programs, open to all with interest.
The Bertha Challenge
This non-residential paid fellowship opportunity is for activists and investigative journalists to spend a year deep-diving into one pressing social justice challenge. The third Bertha Challenge will begin in Jan 2022 with a focus on water.
Deadline: Jul 3, 2021
Blue Earth Alliance Documentary Projects
Blue Earth Alliance fiscally sponsors documentary projects that educate the public about critical environmental and social issues, especially under-represented stories and voices. Projects can be of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. As a 501(c)3, Blue Earth's projects are eligible to receive tax deductible contributions from foundations and individuals. Blue Earth provides mentorship throughout the life of the project sponsorship, publicity on their blog and newsletters and more, depending upon individual needs. Blue Earth Alliance does not make direct grants to sponsored projects.
Deadlines: Mar 31, 2021
C&EN Editorial Fellow
Each year, a budding science writer gets the chance to hone his or her craft at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. As a paid C&EN editorial fellow, you'll work alongside reporters, observing and participating in the process by which research findings become news. You'll get to fine-tune your ability to convey complex technical subjects to a diverse range of chemical professionals, and you’ll develop multimedia pieces to accompany the stories you write. Begins around June annually, for six months, with flexible start and end times.
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021. If C&E's Washington, DC, headquarters are open during this time, the editorial fellow is strongly encouraged to work from the office. If they are closed, the fellowship will be remote.
CAJ/APTN Indigenous Investigative Journalism Fellowship
Each spring during a 12-week, paid placement with the award-winning APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, Man., fellowship recipients will produce a 22-minute original investigative documentary on an issue facing First Nation, Métis or Inuit peoples in Canada. The documentary will air on APTN Investigates. CAJ announcement.
Deadline: Dec 8, 2019
China-U.S. Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center's annual China-United States Journalists Exchange provides the opportunity for six U.S. and six Chinese journalists to travel to each other's countries to explore the current issues related to the important bilateral relationship between the world’s two largest economies. The journalists will get a firsthand look at a wide range of topics including US-China relations; economic growth and challenges in each country; stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region; and current social, cultural and political issues in China and the United States. Following the study tours, all journalists meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, to report on their experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of their countries can be improved. Open to working print, online and broadcast journalists in the U.S. and China with a minimum of five years' experience.
Deadline: Jun 17, 2019
Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative
The Energy Journalism Initiative (EJI) is a program of the Center on Global Energy Policy within Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. EJI seeks to educate journalists about the various disciplines associated with the energy sector, including policy, markets, finance, climate change, technology and geopolitics. Moreover, it introduces participants to a variety of leading sources who can help inform their reporting on this vital topic. For its inaugural year (2017), a three-day seminar was held in New York City for 19 energy journalists. The 2021 seminar takes place online June 15-18.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2021
Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships in Journalism and Trauma
This Fellowship, a program of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, is designed for senior 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 a week-long seminar program at Columbia University in NYC, including briefings by leading experts in the trauma field and in-depth discussions with journalist colleagues. Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online and reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience. The next Fellowship program will be held July 22-27, 2019, at Columbia University in New York City.
Feb 6, 2019 extended to Feb 13. The most recent Fellowship program was held July 22-27, 2019, at Columbia University in New York City. 2021 info not yet posted (as of Feb 18/21)
Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship
The International Center for Journalists' Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship helps Latin American journalists improve their investigative reporting skills, either generally or in a specialty reporting area such as immigration, environment, science and technology or business, through a two-week-long program. The fellowship program runs every other year. ICFJ invites Latin American journalists passionate about covering climate and sustainability issues to apply for the 2019 fellowship, taking place Oct 7-19 in Lima, Peru.
Deadline: Aug 28, 2019
EGU Science Journalism Fellowships
The European Geosciences Union's annual competition is open to professional journalists interested in geoscience stories. The fellowships enable reporters to follow scientists on location to report on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences. Successful applicants receive up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects. The call for applications takes place in October–November each year.
Deadline: Dec 13, 2019
East-West Center's Senior Journalists Seminar
Launched in 2003, the annual SJS is an immersive 22-day dialogue, study and travel program intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding identity and religion’s role in and resulting impact on the public sphere, specifically as it concerns U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions. Designed for print, radio, broadcast, and online journalists from the U.S. and countries with substantial Muslim populations, with minimum 10 years' experience. 2020 program: Aug 19-Sep 11, to Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mar 12, 2020 extended to Mar 19
Ecotrust's Rural Reporting Fellowship
This yearlong fellowship is for a journalist living in and reporting on a rural community in Northern California, Oregon, Washington or Alaska to tell stories that are truly of those communities and partner with the news outlet or outlets that can ensure this perspective is amplified. $25,000 stipend plus expenses. Journalists who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and have connections to members of marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Dec 15, 2019
Since 1999, several fellowships are awarded annually to conduct research at the Journalisten-Kolleg of the Freie Universitaet Berlin (Free University of Berlin). The programme enables participants to network with professional colleagues from Eastern and Western Europe and the United States and provide them with the opportunity to take a two-semester leave from their professional positions and spend a sabbatical year at the Freie Universität widening their knowledge while pursuing their research project. The programme runs October - July annually. Highly qualified journalists in either staff positions or freelance employment with more than five years of professional experience, not currently residing in Berlin, are eligible to apply for the standard fellowship; junior fellowships are also available. Certification of German language proficiency is required. Website is also available in English, Dutch and Russian.
Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
Grist Fellowship Program
Grist's two fellowship opportunities — News & Politics Fellowship and Environmental Justice Fellowship — are for early-career journalists and media professionals with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. Gain real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, training in a variety of skills key to a journalism career, exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time. Fellowships run twice yearly; pays $3,334/month. Fellows can be based anywhere in the U.S.
Deadline: May 18 for Summer/Fall 2021
Heinrich Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Media Fellowships
Each year, the HBF sponsors a select number of journalists from the US, Canada and Europe for a five-day transatlantic trip to research stories relevant to the foundation’s work on climate and energy policy, democracy, foreign and security policy, and technology and digital policy. Special consideration is given to journalists: from regional or local media outlets who can demonstrate that transatlantic reporting is a new and important perspective for their audience; women and journalists from diverse backgrounds; whose story ideas would be informative for regional or local policy debates; and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research. In 2021, $3,500 stipend for on-the-ground fellowship; $1,500 for digital fellowship.
Deadline: Jun 14, 2021
High Country News Fellowships
HCN in Paonia, CO offers two full-time, paid fellowships twice yearly for early-career journalists to further their skills and build their clips: the Virginia Spencer Davis Fellowship (rural communities, agriculture and land conservation in the West) and the Climate Justice Fellowship (climate change and environmental justice).
Deadline: Mar 15 for Summer/Fall fellowship; Nov 1 for Winter/Spring fellowship
High Country News Internships
HCN in Paonia, CO offers six-month, full-time, paid internships twice yearly. Interns report remotely from within the Western United States on issues of impact for the 11 Western states. Biweekly stipend, monthly work-from-home allowance and more. Emerging journalists from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Mar 15 for Summer/Fall internship; Nov 1 for Winter/Spring internship
ICFJ's Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists
This International Center for Journalists fellowship program sends U.S. minority journalists overseas for up to two weeks to cover stories that resonate with their local communities. ICFJ brings the selected fellows to Washington, D.C., for a comprehensive orientation before travelling to the country of their choice. Costs for travel, lodging and interpreters are included. Open to English-speaking minority journalists working at a U.S. news organization or as freelance journalists in the United States. Stories need not be published in English only.
Feb 13, 2020 extended to Feb 18. Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Ida B. Wells Fellowship
This one-year fellowship, honoring the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter, promotes diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests to their work. Fellows receive $20,000, travel and other costs, editorial guidance from a dedicated editor at Type Investigations and more.
Deadline: Mar 14, 2021
IWMF's Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
This International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists who focus on covering human rights and social justice. During this seven-month fellowship (Fall to Spring), the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and participate in internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
Deadline: Feb 25, 2021 (Due to COVID-19, the 2021-2022 fellowship may take place in-person or virtually. )
Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources
IJNR is an educational organization that promotes higher standards of news coverage of issues of the environment, natural resources, economic development and public health through expedition-style programs of learning and mentoring for journalists. IJNR provides field experiences at significant sites with expert speakers, so that journalists can gain a deeper understanding of the context of these complex issues. IJNR awards expenses-paid fellowships to working reporters, photojournalists, writers, editors and producers, including some independent and freelance journalists. In addition, some fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in professional programs of journalism and the environmental sciences.
Deadlines: Due to the pandemic, IJNR's programs are virtual. Check their program page.
International Reporting Project Global Journalism Fellowships
New in 2016: The IRP's reporting fellowships on women's rights and LGBTI rights are intended to provide in-depth coverage of important, under-covered international issues, including vulnerability to and leadership on climate change; education; the effects of conflict upon marginalized communities; and more.
Deadline: rolling basis
International Reporting Project International Fellowships in Journalism
The nine-week IRP Fellowships are administered by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University. Two groups of IRP Fellows (one group for spring, one for fall) will be selected for intensive travel and study for research involving foreign affairs. The program begins with 2 weeks in Washington, DC, in a program of special seminars and courses on international affairs, then 5 weeks of travel to research an important international topic or story, then another 2-week stint at SAIS to discuss each fellow's findings. Open to any U.S. journalist with at least five years of professional journalistic experience in any medium. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who are working full-time for a U.S. news organization in the United States. Fellows receive a $9,000 stipend during the nine-week program, a roundtrip ticket to an overseas destination and, for non-Washington residents, free accommodations during the four weeks in Washington.
International Reporting Project Trips
The International Reporting Project (IRP) at The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) awards grants several times a year for up to 12 new media journalists to travel as a group to an important but under-covered country in the news. Since 2000, visits have been organized to Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Lebanon/Syria, India, Egypt, Nigeria, Korea, Uganda, Turkey, Kenya, China, Liberia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, India, Zambia, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. Trip participants have included editors, producers, new media journalists and other similar positions. Includes all costs of travel, meals and accommodations during the reporting trips.
Deadline: visit website
Island Press Publishing Fellowship
Island Press' Fellowship Program teaches you skills to have a successful career in publishing, environmental communications, non-profit management, or related fields. It's designed to support the professional development of people with marginalized identities, who may have felt excluded from the industry. Especially sought are applicants who have a close working or lived experiences in communities that are historically under-represented in publishing. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Until filled
Jefferson Fellowships for Journalists
Founded by the East-West Center in 1967, the Jefferson Fellowships promote better public understanding of the United States and Asia and Pacific through one week of dialogue with professional colleagues and experts at the East-West Center in Hawaii, followed by a two-week study tour to cities in Asia or the U.S. Open to working print, broadcast, and online journalists from the U.S. and Asia Pacific. The East-West Center believes Asia-connected fellowships are becoming increasingly important for American journalists. The Jefferson Fellowships are supported by a grant from The Freeman Foundation.
Deadline: Jan 14, 2020
Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism
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. Funded by the Kiplinger Foundation and Kiplinger family, the fellowships provide lodging, most meals and free training. Applications open in early September for the following spring’s fellowship. Limited travel stipends are available to international fellows.
Deadline: "Because of the global pandemic, the Kiplinger Fellowship of 2020 was canceled. Kiplinger will resume with a 2021 fellowship in late March. We will not be accepting applications for the fellowship. The journalists chosen for 2020 will be invited back to campus."
Knight International Journalism Fellowships
The purpose of the Fellowships program is to improve the quality and free flow of news in the public interest around the world. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the year-long program sends international media professionals to countries where there are opportunities to promote reliable, insightful journalism that holds officials accountable. The non-profit International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) administers the Knight International Journalism Fellowships. Fellows build skills and enhance the standards of independent media in these key regions: Asia/Pacific, Eurasia/Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Candidates must be fluent in the language of the region where they are deployed and should have at least 10 years' experience in journalism or related fields such as media-business management. Fellowships are open to any nationality for assignments of up to a year. The program may create Fellowships designed to take advantage of the skills of qualified applicants or to respond to specific local needs identified by the Fellowship candidate or local partner (including environment related).
Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford
The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships is offering remote Community Impact Fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year beginning in September. Fellows will craft and develop practical solutions that address the flaws in how the journalism industry serves communities of color in the U.S. Fellows will do this by working remotely on projects to address information gaps in those communities. Open to staffers ($55,000 stipend) and freelancers ($75,000 stipend). Each fellow receives an additional $10,000 for the year to cover health care insurance and project expenses.
Deadline: May 27, 2021
Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
Mid-career US journalists with a minimum of three years' experience in reporting science, medicine, environment or technology for the public are selected for an academic year at MIT, attending courses and participating in weekly seminars with top researchers. Applicants must be full-time reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists, either freelance or on staff. This includes work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media. There are no educational prerequisites. Professionals working in public information, public relations, the trade press, government or academia are not eligible. $70,000 stipend.
Deadline: Jun 6, 2021. "Update: Due to continued logistical and safety issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Knight Science Journalism Program will not host an in-person fellowship program in the 2021-22 academic year but will again offer up to 20 remote project fellowships (4.5 or 9 month). This is considered a transitional approach and in the 2022-23 academic year, KSJ expects to return to its traditional programming. Learn more about the Project Fellowships here."
Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowships
Each year the Knight-Wallace Fellowships at the University of Michigan summon journalists to think boldly about their craft and enhance their skills to meet the needs of a changing industry. As the U.S. continues to grapple with a global pandemic and continuing economic, social, and political upheaval, ambitious reporting on efforts to move forward is essential. The Fellowships will remain remote for the 2021-22 academic year, to respond to this unique period of transition. Join a Q&A webinar on February 19 to discuss the application process. $70,000 stipend over eight months plus $10,000 to support supplemental costs for reporting projects to be produced during the period of the fellowship.
Deadline: May 3, 2021
Korea-U.S. Journalists Exchange
This annual exchange is co-sponsored by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation and Pacific Century Institute to increase public understanding of the two countries and their relationship. The program sends six to eight Korean journalists to the United States and six to eight U.S. journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations and other members of the community. Open to working print, online and broadcast journalists in the U.S. and Korea with a minimum of five years' experience.
Feb 24, 2020 extended to May 20 (due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Logan Nonfiction Program Fellowships
The Logan program at the Carey Institute for Global Good in New York accepts applications from writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia reporters currently at work on a longform project for its fellowships. The program seeks to assemble a diverse and inclusive community of fellows working on socially relevant political, health, environmental, human rights and justice topics. Fellows are provided lodging, meals, workspace, professional guidance and community; no stipend.
Deadline: Normally, annually, Oct 1 for Spring class; June 1 for Fall class. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the spring 2021 fellowship will be virtual; deadline is Feb 1.
MacDowell Colony Fellowship
The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, which provides time and space for artists to work on creative projects, has expanded its support for journalists by providing additional residencies and project funding of up to $2,500 in addition to financial aid for accepted artists engaged in long-form journalism projects. Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. No residency fees. Artists are responsible for materials and travel expenses; financial assistance is available to artists in residence based on need. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence.
Jan 15 suspended for Summer (Jun 1-Sep 30); Apr 15 for Fall (Oct 1-Jan 31); and Sep 15 for Winter-Spring (Feb 1-May 31)
MBL Logan Science Journalism Program
The Logan Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory provides journalists with fellowships, enabling them to observe and participate in the scientific process by working closely with investigators carrying out research, and with graduate students learning the latest research methods. The interaction between journalists and scientists is a two-way street: The journalists gain a deeper familiarity with details of the science and the way scientists think and do their experiments, and conversely, the scientists learn the influences and constraints that shape the way science is reported to the public. Sharing the experience with journalists from other parts of the country (and the world) and other branches of the media is an additional program benefit. Staff or freelance broadcast or print journalists are eligible. A basic knowledge of biological principles is advantageous, but applicants with advanced degrees in biology or extensive laboratory training are not encouraged. All Fellows will participate in one of two intensive week-long hands-on courses at MBL in Woods Hole, MA, May 27-June 4, 2021: Biomedical Research or Environmental Research. Fellowship support covers room, board, lab fees, U.S. travel or partial foreign travel.
Deadline: Feb 24, 2020. The next application round will open in Fall 2021 (for 2022).
McCloy Fellowships on Global Trends
The American Council on Germany's McCloy Fellowships allow American and German experts from journalism (and other sectors) to research and assess the most pressing topics on the transatlantic agenda while engaging with their counterparts overseas, such as urbanization, climate change and sustainability, technological breakthroughs, public health, demographics changes, equity and social justice. $5,000 stipend covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for a minimum of 21 days. American applicants need not be fluent in German, although some background in that language is helpful. German fellows visiting the United States should have a basic knowledge of English. The ACG also has other fellowship opportunities that are open to journalists; please see the ACG's website for details.
Deadline: Aug 31, 2021
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
The bi-yearly McGraw Fellowships provide experienced journalists with the funds and editorial support needed to report in-depth stories on critical issues related to U.S. business, finance and the economy. No residency required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices. Open to freelance journalists, as well as staff reporters and editors working at a news organization. Five years professional journalism experience is needed. Fellows receive $5,000 a month for up to three months.
Deadlines: Feb 12, 2021 (for Winter 2021); Jul 16 (for Summer 2021). Time-sensitive projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis outside of the deadline periods.
The Mesa Refuge
Journalists, essayists, economists, screenwriters, naturalists, authors of memoirs, and other writers who need solitude essential to creative work may apply for a session at The Mesa Refuge, a residency program for environmental writers, in Point Reyes Station, CA. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost; however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident's responsibility. The program is open to both experienced and emerging writers. Apply for a two- or four-week residency in Spring or Fall.
Deadlines: December 1, 2021 for 2022 residencies (cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19)
Metcalf Institute Marine and Environmental Sciences Fellowship/Annual Workshop for Journalists
Metcalf Institute offers fellowships for early to mid-career journalists to attend the Annual Science Immersion Workshop, normally at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading marine science research campus. For 2021, the 23rd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, to be held virtually May 24-Jun 11, is for journalists looking to start or expand coverage of climate change, who need to understand the practice of research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts and adaptation to achieve this goal.
Feb 14, 2021 extended to Mar 1
Mineral School Residencies for Writers
The Mineral School in Washington state annually hosts two-week summer residencies for writers and visual artists in their historic school house near Mount Rainier. In 2021, applications are being accepted from writers of prose and poetry for one of three two-week residencies in fall. Cost of $425 includes room, board and more. Fellowships are not offered in 2021.
Deadline: Jul 15 for fall 2021 residencies
Mongabay.org Special Reporting Initiatives Program
Mongabay.org's competitive fellowship program supports in-depth reporting on key environmental themes under a given topic. Environmental journalists worldwide can apply for a US $15,000 fellowship to cover specific environmental topics. Author of the top proposal will receive US$12,000 as an honorarium and up to US$3,000 for reporting, travle and research costs. The fellow will have two months for travel / research and two months for writing. He or she can work from anywhere in the world. Mongabay offers other opportunities as well, including an environmental news-writing internship.
Deadline: Varies by project. New opportunities announced every 2-3 months.
Murray Fromson Journalism Fellowship
The Fromson Journalism Fellowship is organized and led by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU). Journalists who cover environment, renewable energy, water research and innovation for U.S.-focused media outlets can apply for the May 31-Jun 7, 2019 trip to Tel Aviv, Israel. Theme is "AgTech in the Negev". Includes travel, accommodations and meals. Selections will be made on an ongoing basis up to the deadline.
Deadline: May 1, 2019
NAJA Native American Journalism Fellowship and Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship
The Native American Journalists Association's annual fellowship and scholarship opportunities are open to current Indigenous, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and Métis college students, undergraduate and graduate, pursuing degrees in broadcast, print or digital journalism (fellowship) or digital media/journalism/communications (scholarship). Fellows receive professional mentoring; scholarships are one-time awards of $10,000.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2021
National and California Health Journalism Fellowships
The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's National Health Journalism Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists (staffers or freelancers) around the country. The Fellowship is not only for health reporters, but for all reporters with an interest in social issues, whether they're education, government, environment, criminal justice, social services or immigration specialists or general assignment reporters. Also offered is a California fellowship program (in Los Angeles pre-pandemic) providing interactive workshops and discussions on California health challenges and solutions. Both fellowships include reporting grants of $2,000-$12,000 and six months of mentoring by veteran journalists. Journalists writing for ethnic media are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadlines: Mar 1 for the California program (virtual/Apr 12-16, 2021);
May 17 extended to Jun 1 for the National program (virtual/Jul 19-23, 2021).
The National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships
This year-long fellowship will provide 12 early-career journalists with niche workshops, a reporting boot camp, customized webinars, registration to national conferences, access to unique resources and individual professional mentors to assist with career development — without leaving their jobs. A first-ever collaboration of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
May 10, 2021 extended to May 17
National Humanities Center Fellowships
Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have demonstrated achievement in the advanced post-doctoral study of history, languages and literature, and other fields of the humanities. The Center also accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. Scholars should be engaged in work significantly beyond the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Fellowships are normally for the full academic year (Sep through May). A limited number of designated fellowships for scholarship concerning nature, environmental history or ecological concerns are usually available. Fellowship stipends are individually determined, the amount depending upon the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them. The Center provides travel expenses for Fellows and their dependents to and from North Carolina.
Deadline: Oct 7, 2021
National Science Foundation U.S. Antarctic Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) runs the U.S. Program (USAP), which selects a limited number of professional journalists to report from Antarctica for approximately one working week annually, between early November and mid-December. Reporters or their employers pay for round-trip transportation to — and accommodation in — Christchurch, New Zealand. NSF provides housing, transportation, food and cold-weather clothing for journalists while they are in Antarctica. U.S. media receive preference in selection.
Deadline: Jun 21, 2019
National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Environmental Journalism Program
The NTBG's five-day Environmental Journalism Program in Hawaii, May 4-8, 2020, provides specialized working journalists in broadcast, print and online media much-needed information about tropical ecosystems, providing deep background in tropical ecology to enhance the accuracy of reporting on science and environmental issues. The focus is immersion and not advocacy.
Deadline: Feb 25, 2020
New America's Fellows Program
New America invests in thinkers — journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts — who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day. Fellowship runs Sep 1-Aug 31 annually. $15,000-$30,000 stipend provided and you may stay in your current job, coming together for two cohort gatherings during the fellowship year, each lasting ~three days and held in Washington, DC or NYC. While we are currently only hosting remote gatherings due to COVID-19, we hope to resume in-person gatherings once it is safe again.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2021
New Horizons Traveling Fellowships
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers Traveling Fellowships, of up to $1,200 each, to cover the costs of attending the annual New Horizons in Science Briefing for Journalists/Science Writers meeting which brings together top-rank scientists and leading science writers for an in-depth look at seminal developments in science, medicine and technology that are likely to make news in the coming months. The fellowships are intended primarily for journalists from publications and broadcast outlets that do not routinely cover major science meetings or employ a full-time science writer. Freelancers with a demonstrated interest in science writing are also eligible. If requested, CASW will also assign a veteran science writer to each fellow to serve as mentor and to help ease his/her way through the program.
Deadline: Aug 15, 2019 for ScienceWriters2019
Nieman Fellowships for Journalists
The Nieman Foundation selects up to 12 U.S. and 12 International journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. All fellows come to Harvard for two full semesters to pursue a course of study of their own design. Nearly every class at Harvard College and in the graduate schools is open to the fellows (and their spouses), who spend their nine-month appointment broadening their interests or deepening their insight into their field of specialization. Applicants must be full-time journalists with at least five years of journalistic experience. Open to full-time staff and freelance journalists who work in all media, including print, broadcast, photography, film and the web. All prospective fellows must speak, read and write English fluently. Fellowship includes stipend of $75,000 (U.S. and Global Health only) plus housing, childcare and health insurance allowances. International fellows must make separate financial arrangements.
Deadline: Dec 1, 2020, for International; Jan 31, 2021, for US applicants. Whether the 2021-22 program will take place remotely or in person will depend on what is possible at that time given the state of the pandemic and any continued campus restrictions.
O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
Backed by the resources of Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O'Brien Fellows 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: Jan 23, 2021
Orion Environmental Writers Workshop
This annual workshop, hosted by Orion Magazine and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, is a longstanding, unique opportunity for participants to connect with leading writers and editors, learn more about environmental writing, and renew, illuminate, and deepen their relationship with nature. The 2020 workshop takes place Mar 8-14 in Portal, AZ.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
OSU Media Fellowships
Join researchers from Oregon State University, state and federal organizations and a community of people on the Oregon coast, for an in-depth, three-day program covering food and agriculture. Past fellowships were on coastal ocean topics. Open to journalists, including freelancers, working for print, broadcast and online media organizations. Lodging, meals and local transportation are provided. Your only costs are for travel to and from Oregon State University. Participation is limited to 10 journalists.
Deadline: The 2020 food/ag fellowship has been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ProPublica offers a variety of fellowships throughout the year, ranging anywhere from three months to a year. All of them are paid positions. Some of these fellowships are offered only occasionally, others are recurring. One aim is to bring journalists from a broad array of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds into journalism, including African Americans, Latinos, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. ProPublica is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $4,500 stipend per semester, plus mentoring, to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets — newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations.
Deadlines: Aug 20, 2020 (Emerging Reporters Program); also keep an eye on ProPublica's fellowships page.
Religion & Environment Story Project (RESP) Fellowship
The RESP Fellowship supports journalists, editors and public-facing academics who are producing — or want to learn how to produce — stories at the intersection of religion and the environment. A cohort of ten fellows will gather twice over the course of six months for practical, on-the-job training designed to develop new ways of thinking about the climate crisis and the role played by religious individuals and institutions in addressing (and ignoring) it. Participants will meet with working journalists and scholars in a collaborative seminar environment that will include wide ranging discussions on religion, spirituality, the environment, climate change and journalism. We hope this format will inspire and inform the participants while offering peer learning and support from other journalists. It should also provide expert sources and story leads that will help fellows identify and create stories that other journalists are missing. RESP will cover travel, food and lodging for our two workshops. We will also pay for a year’s membership for the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and the Religion News Association (RNA), plus registration fees for any SEJ and RNA conferences adjacent to our workshops. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $2,000 after completing the program and committing to produce at least one story for a general audience.
Deadline: Jun 15, 2021
R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship
This fellowship was created to reflect the importance that the late Jim Travers attached to his years reporting for Southam News from Africa and the Middle East and the guidance he provided as an editor for journalists. He believed Canadians deserve firsthand, in-depth coverage of important stories outside our borders. He argued passionately that it is crucial for Canadian reporters to “bear witness” — because in our interconnected world, “foreign” news is local news. The fellowship finances a significant foreign reporting project by a Canadian journalist or non-Canadian with valid work permit (staffer, freelancer or graduate student) working in any medium. $25,000 stipend covers travel, reporting and research expenses.
Deadline: Oct 28, 2019
The annual Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships run for eight months. The 2021-22 fellowship projects address the increasing challenges in covering climate change, unpublishing, harassment of marginalized journalists and more. Residential, nonresidential and institutional options are offered. $80,000 stipend for residential; $20,000 for latter two options.
Deadline: Dec 18, 2020
RTDNF Fellowships and Scholarships
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation offers scholarships for outstanding students and fellowships for young professionals (<10 years experience in the field) pursuing careers in radio, television, or online news. Both the Michelle Clark Fellowship and N.S. Bienstock Fellowship are given to promising minority applicants. Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship is awarded to a television or radio reporter or producer for excellent health or medical coverage. The Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship is given annually to a reporter or producer in radio or television news to help them cover national defense and security issues.
Mar 1, 2021 extended to Mar 10
SAJA Reporting Fellowships
Since 2005, the South Asian Journalists Association's fellowships program encourages in-depth coverage of South Asia or the South Asian Diasapora by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses. The program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism, namely, in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on. Up to $20,000 will be given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $2,000-$5,000. Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium with demonstrated experience in producing in-depth and long-form projects.
Deadline: Oct 7, 2020 (quarterly deadlines)
Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop
The 25th annual Workshop takes place
May 4-9, 2020, in downtown Santa Fe. The workshop is directed by George Johnson, a New York Times science writer, whose nine books include "The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery" and "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments" and Sandra Blakeslee, a New York Times science writer and co-author of "The Body Has a Mind of Its Own" (with Matthew Blakeslee), "Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions," and many other books. Visit website for details on the faculty line-up. ~Forty students will be accepted. Apply early; there's usually a waiting list.
Deadline: when full (usually by mid April). Because of the pandemic, the 25th workshop is tentatively rescheduled for autumn 2021 or spring 2022.
Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship
The Knight Science Journalism Program, in partnership with health, science and medicine publication STAT, is taking applications until Jun 30 from early-career US journalists for this nine-month paid fellowship, which aims to diversify the ranks of science and health journalists and foster a more inclusive and comprehensive coverage of science.
Deadline: Jun 30, 2021
Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship
Participant Media and The Boston Globe sponsor this annual fellowship. The fellowship awards up to $100,000 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. The fellowship is open to journalists of any nationality, but it is intended for US-based reporters writing about issues that primarily impact the United States.
Deadline: Sep 24, 2020
Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship
Mongabay.org's fellowship opportunity primarily involves writing stories that cover conservation technology-related research. Develop your writing skills and have your news stories published on affiliated news site Mongabay.com, which garners over two million global readers every month. This is a part-time, six-month opportunity with a $5,000 honorarium supported by a special fund created in the memory of Sue Palminteri.
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) annually awards fellowships to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in U.S. graduate-level science writing programs to help defray the cost of tuition and other program-related expenses. The fellowship honors the memory of Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of the American Tentative Society, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of AP, who served as ATS's longtime president. Awards of $5,000 are available to fellows selected on the basis of a national competition. Science writing is defined as writing about science, medicine, health, technology and the environment for the general public via the mass media.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2021
Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Deepen your understanding of environmental science and policy, and enhance your journalism skills at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Open to U.S. journalists (reporters, editors, producers and freelancers) working in print or broadcast with a minimum of five years' full-time experience. Prior experience covering the environment is not necessary. Fellows will take classes, attend special seminars, take field trips, and engage in independent study at a university renowned for its environmental science and policy studies. The program provides a $71,000 stipend. It also covers tuition and provides a desk-top computer.
Deadline: Mar 1 annually
UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship
UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism annually offers multiple $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship, a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aimed at early and mid-career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious longform stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming. Preference given to U.S. focused stories, but international stories with a U.S. angle or connection will be considered.
Deadline: March 15, 2021 (Note: The June 2021 program may move online, depending on the COVID-19 situation.)
UT Energy Journalism Fellowship
This University of Texas at Austin fellowship provides energy journalists a one-year break from the grind of daily deadlines to work on a long-form energy-themed writing project. This year’s Fellowship will be awarded to an early-career journalist with up to 10 years’ experience. The Fellowship, which runs from Sep 1-Aug 31, includes a base salary of $65,000 per year, a $3,500 travel budget, employee benefits, use of a laptop computer, access to UT’s libraries, and workspaces at UT Austin’s Energy Institute and / or KBH Energy Center.
Deadline: As of Nov 2019, this program is on hiatus.
Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Media Fellowships
Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center offers a comprehensive curriculum of environmental law courses. The annual Environmental Law Media Fellowships include a free course in the environmental law topic of your choice, a $1,250 stipend, free housing, free books, a tuition waiver and plenty of access to faculty. Family members are welcome. Summer Session courses offered vary year to year. All courses are taught by national and international experts in their fields. Media fellows also take part in the summer session's brown bag lunch series, and deliver a 45-minute, informal lecture on an environmental topic of their choosing.
Deadline: March 6, 2020 (virtual). Due to the pandemic, VLS deferred the 2020 Media Fellowship program, so is not accepting new applications for Environmental Law Media Fellowships in 2021. They will post a call for applications for summer 2022 in early 2022. However, they are accepting applications until April 26, 2021 for a new Animal Law Media Fellowship, which is open to qualified journalists who cover issues related to agriculture, factory farming and/or animal welfare.
Watchdog Writers Group Book Fellowship
The Watchdog Writers Group offers a $50,000 annual stipend, for up to two years, for journalists writing a book in the public interest. The non-residential fellowship program also pairs each fellow with a student at the Missouri School of Journalism, who will help conduct reporting for the book. Apply here.
Deadline: Jun 1, 2021
Western Journalism and Media Fellowships at Stanford University
Fellowships provide opportunities for journalists working in all kinds of media — newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online, multimedia, video, film, data visualization, mapping, and books — to visit Stanford and interact with researchers, scholars, and students, while developing or working on a project of their own designs to spur new coverage and understanding of the American West. The length of residence is typically one to two weeks, although longer stays may be possible, particularly for projects that intersect with ongoing research at the Center and Stanford, that address significant challenges facing the American West, and that explore promising new possibilities for journalism and the media in the region. Travel and accommodation costs are covered, and a modest honorarium is offered.
Deadline: Send letter of inquiry
WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship Program
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship Program takes place each fall and introduces science communicators to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering. Through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography. The program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional science writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. The ideal candidates will have at least two years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Fellows receive a travel allowance, as well as room and board for one week.
Apr 17, 2020 The 2020 program was been cancelled due to the pandemic.
World Journalist Fellowship
This fellowship provides support (tuition, registration and stipend) to international journalists who enroll in one of nine graduate programs in journalism at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (including Science, Health and Environmental Reporting). Must have two years' experience and fluency in English and at least one other language.
Deadline: Suspended for applications due January 4, 2021 for the academic year beginning Fall 2021. Please check back in September 2021 for additional information about future plans for the World Journalist Fellowship.