Upcoming Member Opportunities

AAJA will post upcoming conferences, workshops, webinars and more on this page regularly. Be sure to bookmark it and check back periodically.


Global Investigative Journalism Network Grants and Fellowships

Type: Fellowship/Grant

Location: U.S. 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.


The Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference

Type: Conference

Location: Berkeley, CA

Deadline for Application: See website for details

The third annual Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference is on Saturday, October 29 and is hosted by UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Top writers and editors will join an audience of talented journalists for a bracing, all-day conversation about the state of literary nonfiction. Keynote conversations will look at the landscape for groundbreaking work—whether online, in glossy magazines, or in books. Provocative panels and intensive workshops will focus on the craft. Optional master classes on Sunday, October 30, will allow attendees to dig deeper, developing new skills and insight.

Attendance is limited to 80 experienced writers, to allow for high-level discussions and meaningful networking. Master classes on Sunday will cost an additional $60.

Learn more and register today.


Center for Investigative Reporting Filmmaking Residency for Women

Type: Residency

Location: Emeryville, CA

Deadline for Application: September 23, 2016

The Center for Investigative Reporting is looking for three early-career video or multimedia female filmmakers for a new full-time filmmaker in residence position. Residents will produce short pieces leveraging the center’s investigative projects and their own reporting. Candidates must have basic shooting and editing skills, along with a passion for storytelling and a willingness to collaborate and experiment.

The residency will begin mid-October 2016 and continue until mid-August 2017. The pay is US$50,000 plus benefits for the 10-month period. Women filmmakers in the first five years of their careers are welcome to apply.

Learn more and apply by the September 23, 2016 deadline.


Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Grant for Investigative Reporting

Type: Grant

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: September 26, 2016

Fund for Investigative Journalism presents the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Grant intended to support investigative projects that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.

The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. Proposals must come from U.S.-based reporters or international journalists whose stories have a U.S. angle, involving American citizens, government or businesses. All proposals must be submitted in English and include a detailed budget.

Learn more and apply by the September 26, 2016 deadline.


World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship

Type: Scholarship

Location: Vietnam

Deadline for Application: September 28, 2016

World Nomads is accepting applications for a travel film scholarship. The winner will spend 10 days in February 2017 documenting the communities of northern Vietnam under the mentorship of filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey. The scholarship provides airfare, recording gear and travel insurance. The winner will be expected to produce a short video documentary for the World Nomads site. Applicants must submit a 3-minute film about an inspirational travel story.

Learn more and apply by the September 28, 2016 deadline.


Fund for Investigative Journalism and Schuster Institute Diversity Initiative

Type: Grant

Location: U.S.

Deadline for Application: October 1, 2016

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University have joined forces to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color.

Four independent reporters based in the U.S. with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will be selected. Applications from women and journalists of color working in any type of media — print, audio, video, online — will be considered.

The selected journalists will receive grants up to $9,000 to pay the expenses of reporting a specific investigative story. Recipients will also be awarded Schuster Institute fellowships, which will give them access to paid research assistance, media-related legal advice from a major New York firm, and participation in the “Newsroom Without Walls” community of Schuster Fellows.

Learn more and apply by the October 1, 2016 deadline.


Wilson Center Public Policy Fellowships

Type: Fellowship

Location: Washington D.C.

Deadline for Application: October 1, 2016

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is accepting applications for its nine-month residential fellowship program in Washington. Fellows will conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers, 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.

Fellowships include a stipend and 75 percent of health insurance premiums for fellows who elect center coverage. Travel costs are also covered.

Learn more and apply by the October 1, 2016 deadline.


Alicia Patterson Reporting Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: U.S.

Deadline for Application: October 1, 2016

The Alicia Patterson Fellowships, sponsored by the Alicia Patterson Foundation (APF), aim to foster, promote and sustain the best traditions of journalism in the United States. The fellowships provide support for journalists engaged in rigorous, independent and skeptical work that will benefit the public.

Grants are awarded for both one-year and six-month projects. Fellows receive US$40,000 for the full-year stipend and US$20,000 for the six-month fellowship. Non-U.S. citizens are also eligible, but must be working full-time for U.S. print publications, either in the United States or abroad.

Learn more and apply by the October 1, 2016 deadline.


Human Rights Watch Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: New York City or Washington, D.C.

Deadline for Application: October 8, 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) presents the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. Fellows will work with HRW to monitor human rights developments worldwide, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports, media outreach and more. The yearlong fellowships begin September 2017 and offer a US$55,000 salary with benefits.

Requirements include research and field experience, analytic skills and English fluency. Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two recommendation letters, an unpublished writing sample and a graduate school transcript.

Learn more and apply by the October 8, 2016 deadline.


Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: October 11, 2016

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, a joint venture of the U.S. State Department and the National Geographic Society, allows participants to spend an academic year traveling abroad and documenting stories in countries with active Fullbright Programs.

Fellows will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue and compare how that issue is experienced across borders. They will share their experiences using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations and/or social media. Stories will be published on a dedicated blog hosted by National Geographic.

Learn more and apply by the October 11, 2016 deadline.


Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline for Application: October 15, 2016

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, organized by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), aims to enable democratic practitioners, scholars and journalists to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Fellows are expected to be in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington for five months in 2017-2018. Working knowledge of English is required to be eligible. Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel.

Learn more and apply by the October 15, 2016 deadline.


Reynolds Business Journalism Week Fellowships

Type: Seminar

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Deadline for Application: October 16, 2016

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is accepting applications for the Reynolds Business Journalism Week. The training seminar will take place January 4 – 6, 2017.

This year’s program will focus on how to find and cover business angles in any story, where to find economic and financial data, reporting community business stories, covering startups and what the new administration in Washington will mean to businesses large and small. Tuition, hotel and most meals will be provided. Fellows (or their companies) are expected to provide travel to and from the training sessions. Only 24 spots are available for this training seminar.

Learn more and apply by the October 16, 2016 deadline.


Internships at the Washington Post

Type: Internship

Location: Washington D.C.

Deadline for Application: October 21, 2016

The Washington Post offers 12-week paid internships for reporters on the local, financial, sports, style and editorial desks, as well as internships for visual journalists, multiplatform and interactivity producers and web designers.

Candidates must have had at least one professional news media job or internship and be a college junior, senior or graduate student in a degree program on October 21, 2016.

Learn more and apply by the October 21, 2016 deadline.


Internships at the New York Times

Type: Internship

Location: New York City

Deadline for Application: October 31, 2016

The New York Times offers 10-week summer internships to students dedicated to a career in journalism. The program provides a summer of demanding work and high journalistic standards, with individual internships in reporting, visual and interactive journalism and video.

The 2017 program will begin June 5, with three days of orientation. Interns will receive a weekly salary of US$1,000. College seniors and graduate students authorized to work in the United States are welcome to apply.

Learn more and apply by the October 31, 2016 deadline.


Kiplinger Program at Ohio State University Digital Tools Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Columbus, OH

Deadline for Application: October 31, 2016

The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University offers short-term fellowships to help make better use of new online tools and channels. The 2017 fellowship will take place April 23 to 28 in Columbus, Ohio.

Fellows receive a full week of immersive 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. Print, broadcast and online journalists with at least five years experience are eligible to apply, including freelancers. The fellowship covers accommodations, hotel and most meals. Limited scholarships are available to reduce travel costs for fellows selected from outside the United States.

Learn more and apply by the October 31, 2016 deadline.


East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Honolulu, HI

Deadline for Application: November 1, 2016

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship funds master’s and doctoral degrees for graduate students from the Asia Pacific, Russia and the United States to attend the University of Hawaii. Fellows participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center, earning graduate certificate programs in international cultural studies, politics, economics, environmental change and more.

The fellowship covers tuition, fees, residence hall costs, health insurance, book allowance and a partial living stipend. The program begins August 2017.

Learn more and apply by the November 1, 2016 deadline.


Thomson Reuters Journalism Training Program

Type: Training

Location: Various

Deadline for Application: November 15, 2016

Thomson Reuters offering a nine-month training in a major Reuters bureau. The program includes several weeks of intensive classroom training and work on reporting teams with mentoring support from experienced journalists. Participants will learn about all aspects of financial reporting, work on fast-paced news stories and enterprise journalism.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment to a career in journalism and a strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies. Experience in data analysis or data-driven journalism and work with multimedia storytelling are beneficial.

Learn more and apply by the November 15, 2016 deadline.


CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Business Journalism Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: New York, NY

Deadline for Application: November 30, 2016

The McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism offers a fellowship program to support in-depth coverage of business and the global economy. The program is accepting applications for longform print or radio pieces. Fellows will receive grants of US$5,000 a month for one to three months.

Freelance journalists as well as reporters and editors working at news organizations may apply. International journalists may apply as long as reporting is completed in English and targeted to a U.S. media outlet and audience.

Learn more and apply by the November 30, 2016 deadline.

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