Upcoming Member Opportunities

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 Global Investigative Journalism Network Grants and Fellowships

Type: Fellowship/Grant

Location: US and World

Deadline for Application: See specific opportunity for deadline

Seeking a chance to improve your skills and expand your world? Tired of the everyday routine in your newsroom? The Global Investigative Journalism Network has many opportunities to fit your needs. These are programs of special interest to investigative journalists around the world. There are plenty of short-term and long-term opportunities, both for staff and freelance reporters. Follow the link for information on deadlines and background on the various programs.


Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship accepting applications

Type: Fellowship

Location: US

Deadline for Application: February 9, 2016

Working journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience in print or online journalism are eligible to apply for the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Applicants propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the program awards separate fellowships on the environment, on free enterprise and on law enforcement.

Launched in 1994, the Novak Fellowship Program offers full-time $50,000 fellowships and part-time $25,000 fellowships. The full-time fellowships include a $40,000 fellowship grant and up to $10,000 to reimburse expenses. The part-time fellowships comprise a $20,000 grant and up to $5,000 for expenses.

Learn more and apply before February 9, 2016.


Apply Now for 2016-2017 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships

Type: Fellowship

Location: US & Missouri

Deadline for Application: February 15, 2016

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on ideas and projects that will help RJI understand and meet the information needs of individuals in their roles as citizens.

There are three types of RJI fellowships for 2016-2017: residential, nonresidential and institutional. Residential fellows spend eight months on the University of Missouri campus. Nonresidential fellows explore their ideas from their home or office, with an occasional visit to campus.  The institutional fellowship allows an individual to remain at their post at a news organization or other institution while developing an idea.

Each fellowship includes a stipend. Residential fellows receive an $80,000 stipend and a $10,000 one-time housing or relocation allowance. Nonresidential fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, plus research and travel support. The institutional fellowship stipend — $20,000 — is paid to the company or institution and can be used for salary relief or for another purpose to best ensure the success of the fellowship project. RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and foreign journalists.

Learn more and apply before February 15, 2016.


Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

Type: Fellowship

Location: US

Deadline for Application: February 17, 2016

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Howard G. Buffett Fund, which aims to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors.

Possible projects include exposing underreported but critical global issues; challenging traditional media narratives; developing field-based expertise and strengthening careers; pursuing training and leadership opportunities; and launching entrepreneurial news projects or acquiring the skill to do so.

Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience. Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50 percent women.

Find out more information and apply before the February 17, 2016 deadline.


Society of Professional Journalists postgraduate internship

Type: Internship

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Deadline for Application: February 19, 2016

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is seeking a candidate for a year-long internship in writing, marketing, social media, and public relations efforts. This is a full-time position based in Indianapolis that includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and paid leave.

Primary duties of the internship include managing and expanding SPJ’s social media presence, assisting in the marketing of SPJ’s products and services, and providing editorial content for SPJ’s various communication vehicles such as their weekly e-newsletter and member magazine Quill.

This position is ideal for someone who has recently completed a bachelor’s or master’s program. Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to create innovative communication strategies for SPJ and have the motivation to keep the organization moving forward in the dynamic industry it supports.

Find out more information and apply before the February 19, 2016 deadline.


Fellowship in Global Journalism

Type: Fellowship

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: February 19, 2016

The University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs invites specialists who have a graduate or professional degree or a few years’ work experience to apply for a Fellowship in Global Journalism.

Fellows will spend September 2016 to April 2017 reporting on their own discipline for major media while being mentored by leading journalists. Curriculum topics include investigative journalism, writing, freelance tradecraft, deep interviewing skills, performance and global dynamics. Fellows will also participate in a one-month bootcamp during which they will learn the fundamentals of journalism.

Get more information and apply before the February 19, 2016 deadline.


Society of Professional Journalists Award Reporting on Immigrant Issues

Type: Awards

Location: US

Deadline for Submission: February 19, 2016

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is accepting entries for the New America Award. The competition highlights public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities living in the United States.

Works must have been published or broadcast in 2015. SPJ welcomes entries from media outlets, journalists, community and issue advocacy groups, individuals and others concerned with ethnic issues. Entries may be in any language; however, English translations must be supplied for entries that are not in English. Winners will be recognized with their work showcased on SPJ.org. The entry fee costs US$25 for SPJ members and US$40 for non-members.

Find out more and submit before the February 19, 2016 deadline.


Global Business Journalism Program in China Accepting Applications

Type: Masters Program

Location: China

Deadline for Application: February 28, 2016

English-speaking journalists worldwide can apply for a global journalism program in China.

The School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University offers a master of arts degree in global business journalism designed to bring business journalism in China in line with top international reporting standards.

The two-year program is the only business journalism master’s program in China that is taught completely in English. Half of the program’s students are Chinese, the other half are international. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Taught by an international faculty, the curriculum covers subjects essential for business journalists, including data mining and multimedia economics reporting. It also boasts a media lab with 10 Bloomberg financial terminals for student use.

Get more information and apply before February 28, 2016.


Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: US

Deadline for Application: February 29, 2016

Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe 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.

Find out more and apply before February 29, 2016.


FDA Fellowship – Health Communication and Education

Type: Fellowship

Location: US

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products seeks mid-career professionals with expertise in behavioral science, risk communications, marketing, advertising, journalism or public relations for a one-year fellowship.

Fellows support the dissemination of public health information about the dangers of tobacco products. Fellows are awarded up to $95,000 based on salary history and may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the National Academy of Medicine, which administers the program, or get reimbursed for a COBRA plan. Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000). The application is open through March 1. To find out more, visit the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship.

Find out more and apply before the March 1, 2016 deadline.


Columbia University Offers Business Journalism Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Columbia University, New York City

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is accepting applications for its Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, which aims to enhance journalists’ understanding of business, economics and finance.

Fellows will take courses at Columbia’s schools of journalism, business, law and international affairs; participate in off-the-record seminars and dinner meetings with corporate executives, economists and academics; and attend briefings and field trips to New York-based media companies and financial institutions. Conducted during Columbia’s academic year from August through May, the fellowship accepts up to 10 fellows each year. Fellows receive free tuition plus a stipend to offset living expenses. For the 2017 academic year, a stipend of US$55,000 will be granted to each fellow. Housing is available in a Columbia-affiliated facility.

Learn more and apply before the March 1, 2016 deadline


Apply for the Center for Environmental Journalism’s Scripps Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

The Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado is accepting applications for the Ted Scripps Fellowship. The program brings professional journalists together with leading environmental specialists. Seminars, field trips, classes and in-depth research will help participating journalists better understand key environmental issues.

Five fellows will each receive a US$50,000 stipend. The fellowship begins mid-August and continues into mid-May. Applicants must have at least five years of journalism experience. Prior experience in covering the environment is not required.

Get more information and apply before March 1, 2016.


Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

Type: Contest

Location: US

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

The National Press Foundation launched a journalism award to honor excellence in mental health reporting.

The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the understanding of mental health issues and treatments for the illness.

The award is open to any journalist at a U.S. based new organization, including print, broadcast and online journalists. The award recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the understanding of mental health issues and treatments for the illness. Works must have been published or broadcast between March 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016. The winner will be announced during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

Get more information and apply before the March 1, 2016 deadline.


ProPublica Summer Data Institute

Type: Contest

Location: New York City, NY

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

Journalism students or journalists interested in learning how to use data, design and code to help tell stories can attend this free training.

ProPublica is organizing its first annual Summer Data Institute, a 10-day intensive workshop on how to use data, design and code for journalism. The workshop will take place June 1 to 15 in New York. The program will cover the basics of brainstorming, reporting, designing and building interactive graphics and data-driven news applications. Participants will receive lodging, roundtrip travel to New York and local transportation.

Apply before March 1, 2016.


Digital Societies Media Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: U.S. or various countries within the European Union

Deadline for Application: March 4, 2016

The Heinrich Boell Stiftung Foundation is offering fellowships to journalists interested in a range of digital policy issues to travel to Europe and report from a transatlantic perspective. Journalists interested in the Digital Societies Media Fellowship should aim to contribute to a nuanced transatlantic dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of the digital age for democratic societies and for the transatlantic partnership. .

The fellowship will include travel and accommodation costs within reason for five days of research in the EU or U.S. Fellows may choose their dates of travel anytime between April 1 – May 20, 2016. Eligible journalists should be from the U.S. or based in the U.S. and must be willing to contribute to transatlantic policy debates by reporting about European practices and experiences in their area of research. The individual must have an active social media presence.

Get more information and apply before the March 4, 2016 deadline.

Jack Wadsworth Fellows Program

Type: Fellowship

Location: Multiple

Deadline for Application: Rolling

The Wadsworth Fellow will plan a series of cross-Center business initiatives, including programs, conferences, seminars, and roundtable discussions, designed to stimulate discussion across a range of topics and geographic locations.

The committee is looking for accomplished, senior-level individuals with extensive expertise in and knowledge of the business and trade relationship between the U.S. and Asia. Applicants for Wadsworth Fellows should meet the following criteria:

A journalist, academic, or business leader with deep expertise in the Asia-Pacific region and business and trade issues between the U.S. and Asia. A period of residence in Asia would be an important consideration.

Visit asiasociety.org for application information.