Alicia Patterson Foundation reporting fellowship

Who can apply for a fellowship?

The Alicia Patterson fellowships are open only to U.S. citizens who are fulltime print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work fulltime for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. Freelancers are welcome to apply. All applicants, including those being considered for the new Cissy Patterson fellowship for environmental or science topics, should complete the Alicia Patterson Foundation application. The aim of the trustees who established the foundation was to improve the quality of U.S. print journalism. Foreign journalists seeking fellowship help may want to consult the annual list of contest and awards compiled by Editor and Publisher magazine in New York City. That issue is published the last week of December each year and can often be found in business libraries. The magazine sells individual copies of the issue for $6 on-line.

Cissy Patterson Fellowship for Science and Environmental Writers

Beginning with the 2016 fellowship class, 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 apply 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.

Fellowship Proposal

A complete, typed statement not to exceed three (3) single-spaced pages, on how you would use an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship, and why. A brief summary of the four articles you will be required to write as an APF fellow should be included as part of your statement. Each candidate may submit only one proposal. Two applicants may collaborate on one proposal, for example, a writer and a photographer.

Submitting work samples

Reporters and Writers

1. Please submit three copies of three articles with publication date and place noted. To fit into the judges’ packets, they must be kept to 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Either reduce longer articles by copy machine reduction or cut and paste articles on several 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of white paper. Reprints from databases are fine.

2. Number multiple pages of any article. Please don’t use staples or fancy folders because we need to duplicate your material for the judges. You may submit originals or clear photocopies. Please don’t send books or chapters of books.

3. Each part of series counts as one article, so it may be wise to choose only one part of a series and submit two other, unrelated articles in order to show diversity of topics.

4. Please do not submit any more than three articles. The judges will see only three and we’d rather you make the selection. The content of the articles, rather than date or place or publication, is most important.


Please send three copies of four samples of work you have edited, using the guidelines above. Attach a statement regarding your contribution to the finished product. If you also write, you may substitute two of your own articles in the four sample total.


Please submit one set of 8 to 12 samples. These can be published photographs or unmounted prints. No slides please. Samples cannot exceed 12 x 14 inches.

All Applicants

Please make sure the text from your printer is dark enough to generate readable pages when photocopied. Fancy presentation (folders, binding, plastic sheaths for articles, even paper clips) make our work harder. Also, fax copies do not reproduce well. Please don’t wait until the last day because we cannot use fax transmissions.

Please write atop the application form whether you are applying for a 12 or 6 month fellowships. Note: judges on rare occasion have awarded a six month fellowship for an applicant requesting a 12-month grant.

Remember, all applicants must submit application, clips, essays and budget in triplicate, in three separate packets. Photographers submit only one set of their prints. Please arrange your materials in three identical groupings, i.e. each group includes one autobiography, one budget, and one set of clips or work samples.


Have two (2) persons who are familiar with your work and your proposal submit a letter of recommendation directly to the Foundation by October 1. There is no set template for the letters; please ask recommenders to write about your talents, ability to overcome obstacles, etc. Please list the names and addresses of your references on the application form.

Professional Autobiography

A typed statement, not to exceed two (2) single spaced pages, to include reasons for going into journalism, journalistic experience, and future plans.

Estimate Costs

A detailed, typed budget statement, not to exceed one (1) page, to include two categories.

Projected fellowship Costs: Travel, books, short-term housing, etc.

Personal Maintenance: An estimate of living expenses for one year for yourself and your family (if any).

Where possible, list known costs; where not, estimate. Subtotal each category, then total both. At the bottom of your budget page, please indicate what funds, if any, would be available from other sources in support of your proposal fellowship year.

Application Hints and Advice

The foundation does not match salaries. The fellowship stipend is $40,000 for twelve months and $20,000 for six months and must cover your travel and research costs. You also must pay taxes on this income, which most fellows do by submitting quarterly payments to the IRS, as many freelancers do.

We ask that you submit a budget to see how you would accomplish your proposal. Although our project and living expenses may add up to more than the stipend, the Foundation only can provide either $20,000 or $40,000 to each fellow. If you are employed, it is customary for news organization to make up the difference between the stipend and your salary. Many newsrooms require applicants so seek approval of a leave before applying in order to receive the paper or magazine’s financial support. Please check with your newsroom managers first. However, your employer’s ability or willingness to give you support does not affect the selection process.

You will be notified during mid-November if you have been selected as a semi-finalist. Winners will be chosen during the first week of December. There usually are 5 to 7 fellows each year. Winners are expected to begin their fellowships within the first three months of the calendar year.

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Antiracist journalism workshop

Off the Coast of Gorée Island

As racism and the treatment of people of color in and out of newsrooms has surged to the forefront of conversations, against the backdrop of a pandemic that disproportionately impacts people of color, journalists face many questions: When do ‘objectivity’ and ‘neutrality’ mask inequity? How do journalists move from covering protests to systemically telling stories that root out racist treatment in health care, education and other social spheres? And how can journalists practice antiracism in their everyday work? 

Join us as Leah Donnella of NPR’s Code Switch, Cassie Haynes of Resolve Philly, and Robert Samuels of The Washington Post discuss “What would antiracist journalism look like?”

Registration now for this program, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.

Panelists will explore and help us understand: 

  • How the default frame of journalism/journalists is not neutral or objective
  • How to reframe the way journalism works so it’s actively antiracist 
  • How to broaden reach and audience by working more inclusively with community
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Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence.  The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.

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IRE20 Conference Fellowship

Students/$70 for pros) and a complimentary conference registration ($50 for students/$175 for pros).
– All recipients are required to meet IRE’s membership standards: Someone substantially engaged in news gathering, presentation or production; a student pursuing a degree or someone engaged full-time in research or teaching in the field of journalism.
– IRE hopes to notify you about the status of your application within 10 business days.
– No deadline to apply; however, IRE will cease offering conference fellowships once the funds are exhausted.
– Application requires: a letter of support, resume/CV/LinkedIn profile, college transcript (for students).
– Application encourages: one to two clips of investigative or journalistic work.

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Health Journalism Grant

Purpose: To support timely health care journalism that informs efforts to improve the health of Americans, and that examines emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access. Grants will provide funding for health reporting, educational opportunities for health care reporters, and/or support for documentary films and their public engagement campaigns.

Funding Level and Number of Awards: NIHCM is making a total of $1 million available for the combined 2020-2021 funding cycles for our research and journalism grant programs. Funding will be allocated across the two programs according to the merits of the proposals received.

Qualified Applicants: We welcome applications from individual journalists as well as from all types of organizations and institutions, including both non-profit and for-profit entities.

Project Duration: Projects that can be completed within one year are preferred. We will consider support for projects already underway or requiring a longer timeframe, provided applicants can describe anticipated impact and deliverables during the project year.

Application Process and Timeline:

  • Applicants are required to submit an initial letter of inquiry (LOI) describing their project by 5:00 PM EDT on August 5, 2020. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system and must conform to the required structure.
  • Those applicants accepted for further consideration will be contacted by September regarding the next steps in the application process.
  • NIHCM will announce the grant winners in the fall of 2020.

Budget: NIHCM Foundation does not pay indirect costs to journalism grantee organizations. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis if your organization requires an indirect cost rate. NIHCM Foundation will consider indirect costs up to a maximum of 12 percent of direct costs.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Significance: Is the proposed topic area or project objective important and significant?
  • Impact: Is the project likely to result in products or other deliverables that improve the public’s health literacy or understanding of emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access? Will the products or other deliverables be disseminated to appropriate target audiences in ways that can maximize the project’s impact?
  • Design: Are the activities proposed appropriate to accomplishing the project objectives? How will the project team deal with anticipated challenges in completing the project?
  • Timeliness: Will the proposed project be completed in a reasonable time frame to have sufficient impact?
  • Qualifications of Key Personnel: Do the key personnel have the necessary experience to complete this project successfully?
  • Budget: Is the level of support requested consistent with the proposed project scope?
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Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

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

Eligibility requirements

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

— Hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States. Applications also are welcome from freelance opinion writers who devote a majority of their time, or derive a majority of their income, from that pursuit.
— Have at least three years experience as an editorial writer or columnist.
— Demonstrate outstanding writing and analytical abilities.
— Secure assurances by the editor or publisher that the applicant will be allowed sufficient time to pursue the fellowship without jeopardizing employment. (Fellows do not have to leave their jobs.)
— Demonstrate ability and intent to publish work within 18 months of selection. (If selected, work must be published within 18 months of receiving the fellowship).
— All entries must be in English.

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

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Spotlight Investigative Journalism 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.

It’s up to you whether to apply as an individual or as part of a team. You also have the choice of pursuing your own investigation or following leads developed by Globe journalists.You don’t have to live in Boston to be a Spotlight Fellow, but you’ll need to visit regularly for meetings.

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Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers

FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors.

FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color and involving the impact of the coronavirus in U.S. ethnic communities.

Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.  They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.

FIJ will review proposals as they are submitted. Grant decisions can be expected within two weeks of submission of application

It is FIJ policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants upon approval, with the second half paid on publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal.

All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. Dollars.

Budget guidelines: Your estimated budget must itemize expenses such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and stipends. Be specific. Vague line items may be denied. Identify other sources of funding.

Guidelines for international reporting grants: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters, have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government, or business, and must be published in English, in a media outlet in the United States.

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PEN Emergency Grant for Writers

PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have developed a new streamlined process for the duration of this crisis, and expect to be able to review and respond to applications within 14 days.

To be eligible, applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. The fund is limited, and not every application can be supported.

The Writers’ Emergency Fund is intended to assist fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. The following guidelines are used in evaluating professional credentials:

  • Publication of one or more books.
  • Multiple essays, short stories, or poems in literary anthologies or literary journals (either online or in print) in the last two years.
  • A full-length play, performed in a theater of more than 250 seats by a professional theater company. Productions in academic settings qualify if not a student at the time of the production.
  • Production of a motion picture project or a segment of television.
  • Employment as a full-time professional journalist, columnist, or critic or a record of consistent publication on a freelance basis in a range of outlets during the last two years.
  • Contracted forthcoming books, essays, short stories, poems, or articles for which the name of the publisher can be provided.
  • Other qualifications that support the applicant’s professional identity as a writer.

Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant, but all recipients of emergency funding will be given a complimentary one-year membership to PEN America.

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Facebook Journalism Project launches COVID-19 fund

ocal news organizations can apply for this new fund.

The Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) has created the FJP COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program.

The program will offer grants of US$25,000 to US$100,000 to help local newsrooms serve their communities during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Preference will be given to organizations that serve immigrant, rural, underserved and economically disadvantaged communities; represent areas where COVID-19 impact is particularly acute; and are family- or community-owned or independent.

The deadline is April 24.

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