Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

Get help with your big 2022 reporting project!

Have you and your editors started planning a major project for 2022? We can help assist your effort through the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance, which is supported by The Commonwealth Fund.

This calendar-year program allows journalists to pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system. It can be local, regional or national in scope, or a mix.

Though not an exclusive requirement of your project proposal, this year’s review committee remains interested in projects focused on health equity. This might include racial disparities within a community, gaps in public health inclusion, unstable housing, insurance access, food insecurity, violence as a health issue, how health care institutions or systems are applying a racial equity lens to their policies and practices or otherwise addressing inequities or disparities, or other examinations of systemic problems that became so apparent over the past year.

Fellows pursue the projects with the support of their newsrooms or arranged outlets, which commit to publish or air the work.

Guidance is provided by AHCJ fellowship leaders through customized seminars on health care systems, conference calls and email consultations. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and AHCJ conferences, and a $4,000 project allowance is available to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, each fellow will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project.

For 2022, the first meeting is planned as either an in-person meeting in New York or as a virtual seminar to be held in January. The second seminar will take place at Health Journalism 2022, with anticipated dates in late April. The third seminar is due for later in the year in New York. We anticipate the first half of the year being spent on research and remote interviews, with the second half of the year allowing travel to sites needed to complete your reporting.

See details about applying for the fellowship.

Deadline: Nov. 8 at noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. PT

Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham, cunninghamsu@missouri.edu or 573-882-2203.

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Apply For NPR’s Kroc Fellowship

The NPR Kroc Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to identify and develop the next generation of extraordinary public media journalists. It was established in 2003 through a bequest from the estate of philanthropist Joan Kroc.

The Kroc Fellowships were made possible by a 2003 bequest to NPR from Joan Kroc, noted philanthropist and widow of McDonald’s Corp. founder Ray A. Kroc.Twyla Cecil/Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Three fellows are selected each year and receive hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing. Applicants must be recent graduates, but previous journalism experience is not required. Now in its 17th year, the program has produced nearly 50 fellows, many of whom continue to work at NPR and Member stations across the country.

Throughout the experience Kroc Fellows can expect to:

The basics

The fellowship offers hands-on journalism experience at various units within NPR and at an NPR Member station. Fellows work alongside some of the nation’s most respected reporters, producers and editors. They also receive regular instruction in writing for radio and digital audiences.

The fellowship begins each year around September and lasts 12 months. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $50,000 and benefits, including paid vacation.

Related links

Kroc Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

Former Kroc Fellows Share Experience, Advice

Who is eligible

While the ideal Kroc Fellow aspires to work in public media, previous journalism or public radio experience is not required. Fellows must be able to demonstrate exceptional potential and drive. Applicants must be close to completing an undergraduate or graduate degree or have earned a degree no more than one year prior to December 31.

How to apply

Apply Now. Applications are accepted only between August 31 and November 15 each year. After the hiring team reviews applications, 10 finalists are selected for a round of virtual interviews at NPR in late January. Selections are made shortly thereafter.

(See the frequently asked questions page for more detail about the fellowship selection timeline.)

Each completed application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining why you should be selected, addressed to the Kroc Fellowship Committee
  • Answers to the following questions: 1.) What do you want to do in journalism? 2.) Tell us about a news story you’ve been following. Why has it held your interest? 3.) Tell us about a piece of journalism you’ve enjoyed. What did you like about it?
  • Sample work reflecting remarkable initiative or accomplishment. This might be in the form of a writing sample (1,000 words or less), a link to an excerpt (five minutes or so) from an audio story, video production, musical composition, etc., or some other piece of creative work
  • Two reference letters from people who can speak to your work ethic and commitment to curiosity, including names and contact information. The letters should be addressed to the Kroc Fellowship Committee and must be emailed to kroc@npr.org as a Microsoft Word or PDF file with APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – KROC FELLOW APPLICANT in the subject line. The deadline is November 15.
  • Resume
  • Academic transcript(s) — unofficial transcripts will be accepted

https://www.npr.org/about-npr/183691179/kroc-fellowship-details-and-application

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Cullman Center Fellowships at New York Public Library

Eligibility and Guidelines

Application Deadline: September 24, 2021, 5 p.m. EDT
Notification: March 2022
Award Period: September 6, 2022–May 26, 2023
Stipend: $75,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists whose projects require extensive use of Library collections are also encouraged to apply. The Center seeks diversity in ethnicity, age, gender, field, and type of project. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level—within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Successful candidates for this Fellowship will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library. Applications from those working in languages other than English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and the application materials must be in English.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center’s Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center. Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation. Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on September 24, 2021.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The Arts and Letters Foundation Inc., William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

https://nypl.onlineapplicationportal.com/

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Great Thinkers International Fellowship

Think Different Global is a community of great thinkers & young enthusiastic people who are working on educating people about United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) using the tools of education, art, media and events. 

We are welcoming people from every discipline and culture who live an alive passion to push humanity forward by working on the UN SDGs. We believe passionately in the power of ideas and potential of youth to solve the biggest problems that the world is facing.

If you’re a keynote speaker / author / philosopher / traveller / artist / musician / poet / activists / entrepreneur / ngo head or someone who has pursued life with a different approach and has some ideas worth sharing to push humanity forward, we want to meet you through this program.

During the fellowship, you’ll be engaged in producing online blogs, talks and events etc that will be planned by Think Different Global to structure the effective delivery of your greatest ideas, collective consciousness and human wisdom.

Benefits:

  1. Best 30 fellow speakers will be recognized for the annual TDG 30 Global Visionaries list.
  2. The fellowship will give access to TDG Resources to discuss challenges and ideas towards achieving the United Nations SDGs and pushing humanity forward.
  3. You’ll give a TDG Talk
  4. Free TDG Membership for all the participants
  5. Think Different Global Certification to people who will get shortlisted for TDG Talks.

Eligibility:

  • Commitment to work on the mission and vision of Think Different Global.
  • Be available to work with Think Different Global for at least 1 month.
  • You must also be available to participate in and contribute to a thriving and connected global community, both virtually and in-person when possible.
  • The TDG Fellows program is not an academic fellowship and non-traditional educations are welcome.
  • In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are also important traits they look for in TDG Fellows.

Application Process:

Apply using the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScel1YyZ2GwdU5CYKPYMzS9tkWpjIfPWl63B9afRXVG1RlpUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
If your profile don’t match with the given eligibilities but you have something to add value to this program, we would encourage and love to hear you at thinkdifferent.global@gmail.com

Deadline: September 15th, 2021

For more information: Please reach us at thinkdifferent.global@gmail.com with your queries. Use “GTIF 2021” in the subject line for easier communications.

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Radcliffe Institute offers fellowship

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

Our online application for the 2022–2023 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 9, 2021.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is September 30, 2021.

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of our fellowship program is its diversity.

Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars, artists, and practitioners proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.

We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:

Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe Fellowship, and we welcome proposals that take advantage of our uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.

https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/radcliffe-fellowship/become-a-fellow

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USC health journalism program offers data fellowship

The 2020 Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship was designed for skilled journalists who want to learn to mine data sources to reveal key insights essential to high-impact journalism. 

The program offered professional reporters an opportunity to learn to acquire, analyze and produce visualizations of data that can help their audiences understand key health and child welfare developments.  Fellows  included beat reporters focused on health, education or children’s issues as well as general assignment reporters with a demonstrated interest in reporting on these themes. We required applicants to have a minimum of three years of professional experience.

Data Fellows received five days of intensive training on data acquisition, cleaning, analysis and visualization, as well as an introduction to important data sets that can serve as the basis for groundbreaking journalism.  They heard from leading data journalism experts about how to make successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and gained insights on how to pair original data analysis with compelling narratives.

The 2020 Data Fellowship provided three training tracks tailored to the skill levels of participating journalists. 

Each Fellow was required to propose an ambitious investigative or explanatory reporting project to undertake in the six months following the training. Fellows received grants of $2,000-$10,000 to support reporting and data acquisition costs.   For six months, Fellows will receive guidance from our expert data journalism mentors as they complete ambitious explanatory or investigative Fellowship projects built around data – reporting that impacts policy and spurs new community discussions.

https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/event/2020-data-fellowship-1

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Applications Open for Investigative Journalims Masterclass 2021

It is designed to provide guidance, support and skills to early-career journalists who face structural barriers to entering the investigative journalism profession.

While we hope to include some in-person elements, at present we are planning for all the sessions to run online. This will include at least six 2-hour workshops/lectures. The exact dates are to be confirmed, but will run during September and October 2021.

To apply, please complete the Application Form. The deadline for applications is 5pm BST, Thurs 5 Aug.

Application criteria

Participants in the Investigative Masterclass Programme should be at the early stages of their journalistic career.

We intend the masterclasses to help those who have faced barriers to becoming investigative journalists to overcome these barriers and begin their careers in the field.

Selection criteria

Your application needs to make the case for your participation in the programme and your potential as an investigative journalist. Please ensure you show us your skills, your ideas and any experience or previous work you have published. You do not have to be a journalist already, but showing commitment and enthusiasm for the job is essential.

Geographical restrictions

Applicants must be resident in the UK and successful participants will be required to attend all online classes in the course.

Other
Only successful candidates will be contacted. We are not able to respond to unsuccessful applications.

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VACCINES AND IMMUNIZATION IN AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Global Health Reporting Initiative

During the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists have needed to digest complex, and often unfamiliar, scientific and public health information to provide accurate and reliable reporting for their communities. They have also been tasked with combating the spread of dis- and misinformation, which the World Health Organization has identified as a priority for ensuring acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines and controlling the pandemic. 

Many communities across Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be hard-hit by COVID-19, largely due to a lack of equitable access to vaccines. In this context, the IWMF will develop and support a cohort of journalists from low and middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean with expertise in vaccines and immunization. Established with the support of the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Immunization Advocates program, this Initiative will allow the IWMF to provide journalists with learning, funding and mentoring opportunities to cover urgent issues, like vaccine acceptance and demand and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine is having on routine immunization programs. 

The IWMF will select a total of 30 journalists to participate in our Global Health Reporting Initiative this year. From September to December 2021, our cohort will participate in a virtual course that will increase access to global and regional experts, trusted sources and evidence-based information on vaccines and immunization. Following the course, the IWMF will also provide cohort members with competitive grants, paired with mentoring from senior reporters, in order to support clear, comprehensive and factual reporting on vaccines and immunization. This Initiative will enable journalists to provide communities with essential information through accurate and timely reporting.

https://www.iwmf.org/programs/global-health-reporting-initiative/

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USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 National Fellowship

The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 National Fellowship will offer training, reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000 and six months of mentoring by veteran journalists to help journalists and their newsrooms report deeply and authoritatively on the health, welfare and well-being of children, youth, families and communities, as viewed through the lenses of COVID-19 and systemic racism. At a time of continuing collective national trauma, the 2021 National Fellowship will provide journalists a chance to step back from breaking news and take a deeper look at how the coronavirus pandemic laid bare pervasive social and economic inequities in the United States and the lasting health effects of systemic racism and exclusion. Fellows will learn from nationally renowned health experts, policy analysts and community health leaders, from top journalists in the field and from each other. Participants will “graduate” with a multitude of story ideas and sources and a thorough understanding of the root causes of ill health and disparities in outcomes and why the pandemic is having a disproportionate effect on people and communities of color. Now in its 14th year, the National Fellowship annually offers five days of informative and stimulating discussions, plus reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000, engagement grants of up to $2,000 and six months of expert mentoring as Fellows work on ambitious explanatory or investigative projects.   In all its training institutes, the Center emphasizes impact journalism, solutions journalism and community engagement approaches that help journalists to make a difference. To ensure the health of participants as the nation continues to confront COVID-19,  the National Fellowship will again be offered a a virtual program over Zoom. The Fellowship will be held for six hours a day. In addition, Fellows will be required to participate in four remote programs once a month from August through November 2021. For our 2021 National Fellowship, the Center is soliciting project proposals to investigate and to explore the racial, ethnic and geographic health disparities that are emerging each day for vulnerable children, youth and families as the pandemic proceeds; unequal access to economic relief and recovery opportunities; the performance of local, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations during the crisis; how communities of color are faring differently; what risks “essential workers” continue to face; and policy options to address the longstanding weaknesses in our social safety net that have been thrown into sharp relief by this crisis and that create uneven outcomes and opportunities for our nation’s families. Each Fellow must commit to the publication or broadcast of the project by December 31, 2021.Click here for a list of the 2020 National Fellows and links to their profiles and project descriptions. Click here to read the hundreds of impactful stories that our Fellows have produced over the years, spurring community conversations, influencing policy and winning journalism awards along the way.

Generous grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The California Endowment will support the 2021 National Fellowship.

In conjunction with the National Fellowship, we administer two funds that underwrite specialized reporting on domestic health and social welfare issues and a third fund that underwrites community engagement efforts:

  • The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism is a competitive grants program that supports substantive reporting on community health issues in underserved communities. Each Hunt grantee participates in the National Fellowship and receives a $2,500 to $10,000 grant, instead of the National Fellowship’s $2,000 stipend, to support reporting on a community health topic. The Hunt Fund supports investigative and explanatory projects that will broaden the public’s understanding of community health – examining how poverty, race, ethnicity, pollution, crime, and land-use and urban planning decisions influence the quality of life of residents as well as innovative ways to address these disparities. Past grantees have explored themes including environmental health; chronic disease and its disproportionate toll on certain communities; access to care for diverse communities; health reform innovations and challenges; and transportation challenges that interfere with prospects for good health.  The Hunt Fund is supported by donations from The California Endowment and relatives and friends of the late Dennis Hunt, who co-founded the Center for Health Journalism.
  • The Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being,  supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, underwrites substantive reporting on vulnerable children and families. Each grantee participates in the National Fellowship and receives a $2,500 to $10,000 grant, instead of the National Fellowship stipend, to support investigative or explanatory reporting on the impact of poverty and childhood trauma, including youth as they transition into adulthood. Reporters may also choose to examine the performance of the institutions and government and private programs that serve these families. We’re interested in proposals for projects that look at child welfare and child health and well-being, including, but not limited to, the impact of toxic stress; the intersection between partner violence and child abuse; the role of policy in improving prospects for children, including those in juvenile detention; and innovative approaches to the challenges that children in underserved communities face.
  • The Community Engagement Fund provides supplemental grants of $2,000 to underwrite innovative community engagement strategies. Click here to read more about how we define community engagement and what we’re looking for in community engagement proposals.  

Who Can Apply: 

The National Fellowship is open to professional journalists who work for or contribute to print, broadcast and online media outlets throughout the United States, including freelancers. Applicants do not need to be full-time health reporters, but should have a demonstrated interest in health, social welfare or child and family issues, broadly defined to include the health of communities (see more below). 

We prefer that applicants have a minimum of three years of professional experience; many have decades. Journalists writing for ethnic media are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals for collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets receive preferential consideration, as do projects produced for co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic news outlets. Freelancers are welcome, but need to have a confirmed assignment and should earn the majority of their income from journalism. Applicants must be based in the United States. Students and interns are ineligible. 

Each applicant must propose a substantive report project that can be completed in the five months following the Fellowship session. For the 2021 National Fellowship, we will consider proposals for projects that:

  • Investigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and associated economic problems on disadvantaged populations, essential workers and communities of color
  • Expose critical community health issues or explore the influence of social, economic and environmental factors on health, including social class; exposure to crime and violence; urban development, transportation or city planning; barriers to health care resources; exposure to toxins; and racial, ethnic, economic or geographic disparities.
  • Explore child welfare, juvenile justice and child health and well-being issues, including, but not limited to, the impact of chronic stress and childhood trauma on child development; inequities in the juvenile justice system; the intersection between partner violence and child abuse; childhood obesity; the role of policy in improving prospects for children; and innovative solutions to the challenges facing children in underserved communities
  • Investigate threats to the health and social welfare safety nets or illuminate health care innovations and reforms that benefit disadvantaged populations.

 Why Apply?

Knowledge and Skills: During field trips and seminars, participants hear from respected investigative journalists and leaders in community health, health policy and medicine.

Workshops provide practical reporting tips, expert sources, community engagement strategies and informed policy perspectives on the circumstances that shape health or ill health in communities across America, with a focus on children. Participants also gain insights into how to document health and demographic trends in their local communities through innovative storytelling and data visualization techniques.

Financial Support and Mentoring:  National  Fellows each receive a reporting stipend of $2,000 to offset the costs of ambitious investigative and explanatory journalism or grants of $2,500 to $10,000 from our two topic-focused journalism funds. The grants are payable either directly to the Fellow or his or her media outlet. Journalism fellows also receive six months of mentoring from senior journalists as they usher their projects to completion.

How to Apply

Click here  for details about what’s required in an application. Please contact Martha Shirk at CAHealth@usc.edu if you have questions about your eligibility or what we’re looking for in a project proposal. We strongly encourage a conversation in advance of applying.

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Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowship

Wallace House is once again turning our Fellowship model outward with the Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowships, a remote-format, working fellowship program for the 2021-22 academic year that will fund ambitious reporting projects focused on the major challenges of our time and responses and efforts toward a reimagined future.

We are offering ten Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowships for accomplished journalists with different backgrounds and experience to report on our most pressing issues, from social shifts precipitated by the pandemic to the nation’s deep political divisions to persistent social justice issues surrounding race, ethnicity and inequality. Selected Fellows will not be required to leave their news organizations or places of work. This remote fellowship will maintain our multidisciplinary approach and cohort-based philosophy.

Published or produced work is a requirement of the Reporting Fellowship. Applicants must submit a detailed reporting proposal related to the seismic challenges we now face. Areas of focus can include but are not limited to science and medicine, the economy, law and justice, business, race and ethnicity, education, inequality, technology, the environment, and entertainment and recreation. Areas of coverage can be local, national or global.

We hosted a Q&A webinar on February 19 to discuss the application process. Interested applicants and newsroom editors who would like to know more about this opportunity can watch the recording on the webinar on-demand here

A Q&A webinar for editors was held on April 1 at 12:30 PM ET. You can watch the recording of the webinar here. 

Read the Reporting Fellowship news announcement »

A Working Fellowship

The Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year is a working fellowship featuring

  • An eight-month program focused on supporting ambitious, in-depth, innovative journalism projects examining our most pressing public challenges including but not limited to social shifts precipitated by the pandemic, the nation’s deep political divisions and persistent social justice issues surrounding race, ethnicity and inequality
  •  A remote structure that allows reporters to remain where they live
  •  A cohort of ten Fellows selected from a pool of experienced journalists from a variety of beats and expertise
  • A $70,000 stipend to support reporting and fellowship participation dispersed monthly from September 2021 through April 2022
  • An additional $10,000 in supplemental support to cover extra costs including health insurance, reporting equipment and travel-related expenses 
  • Weekly remote seminars with University of Michigan faculty and subject matter experts from a wide range of fields
  • Professional development and supplemental skills workshops
  • Subject to public-health guidance, one-week Fellowship Cohort sessions held at Wallace House on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor with travel, lodging and hosting expenses covered by the program
  • A year-end symposium at the University of Michigan highlighting work produced during the fellowship

Who Should Apply

This program is open to staff, freelance and contract journalists. Applicants must have at least five years of reporting experience and the work history and editorial support to manage a major, long-term project.

Applicants must be either a U.S. resident or a legal resident residing in the U.S. or its territories.  Uncertainty around international travel and visa restrictions makes it difficult to sponsor non-U.S. residents at this time.

Applicants who are staff journalists at established media outlets must be able to demonstrate managerial support to focus on an in-depth reporting project for their organization and participate in all fellowship activities from September 2021 through April 2022, the period of the fellowship.

Freelance journalists who apply must have a record of high-level work for established media outlets. Freelance applicants must also have a detailed proposal of where they would place the project, or if possible, an organization committed to publishing the reporting project

Published or produced work is a requirement of the fellowship. The output should match the proposed project and form of journalism. For instance, a documentary filmmaker might complete one film during the period of the fellowship; a long-form magazine writer might produce one or two published pieces; a community-based or enterprise reporter might produce a project that appears weekly or monthly. The fellowship is not intended to support daily beat reporting that would be produced regardless of fellowship support. It is also not intended for book writing.

All work produced during the fellowship will be owned by the media organization for which it is produced and will carry an agreed-upon acknowledgment of support by the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists at the University of Michigan.

Journalists selected for the Reporting Fellowship are still eligible to apply for the traditional residential Knight-Wallace Fellowship in the future. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply for the Reporting Fellowship through our online portal. It will be open until May 3. Applicants should read this section carefully before starting an application.

In addition to providing professional background information, a resume and three work samples that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the project, applicants will be required to submit:

  • reporting proposal of up to 800 words addressing a coverage topic or project they plan to report and implement during the fellowship. Proposals should be broad enough to allow for deep exploration and storytelling over eight months but focused enough to provide structure.
  • Details on where the reporting will be published or broadcast
  • personal statement of up to 600 words examining the applicant’s inspirations and motivations to apply for the Reporting Fellowship
  • For journalists employed by a news organization, written confirmation from the employer that the applicant will be permitted to make the fellowship reporting their primary focus
  • For freelance or contract journalists, if possible, written confirmation from a news organization partnering with you on your work. If you have not secured a publishing partner, please provide a realistic proposal for potential published partners.
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of two professional references who can speak to the applicant’s ability to produce and complete high-quality work within the time frame of the fellowship

Application »

Application Timeline

Q&A webinar with Wallace House Director, Lynette Clemetson, and Associate Director, Robert Yoon was held at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT on February 19You can view the Webinar on-demand here.

A Q&A webinar for editors was held on April 1 at 12:30 PM ET. You can watch the recording of the webinar here. 

The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm ET 11:59 pm, May 3.

Deadline for responses from two professional references is May 7

Reporting Fellowship offers will be extended at the end of June.

FAQs

When is the application deadline?

Applications are due before 11:59 pm ET on Monday, May 3.
Responses from two professional references are due on Friday, May 7.

Who is eligible to apply?

Journalists applying for this special fellowship must have at least five years of reporting experience and be currently working in some aspect of journalism for a news organization or as an independent journalist.

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