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.


Pacific Standard Magazine Editorial and Design Fellowships

Type: Fellowship

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Deadline for Application: Open until filled

Pacific Standard is looking for two editorial fellows and one design fellow to join its newsroom in Santa Barbara, CA. Editorial fellows assist the editorial staff with story research, fact checking and interviews for the bimonthly print and daily online, magazine. Design fellows develop and research ideas for visual sections of the magazine and website, including assisting in producing photoshoots and assigning illustrations. Fellows work full time and receive US$22,500 for the year.

Learn more and find out how to apply.


Pointer News University Free Writing Course

Type: Course

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: Ongoing

Journalists at all professional levels can take this self-directed, online course. Poynter’s News University is offering the course “Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writers: Secrets of Their Craft.” The course is a compilation of a dozen Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and master teachers sharing their best tips. The lessons are broken down into 10-minute videos, featuring writing and reporting strategies. Registration is free and ongoing. This course can be taken at any time.

Learn more and register today.


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.


Society of Professional Journalists-Google News Lab Training

Type: Training

Location: North America

Deadline for Application: Rolling basis

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Google News Lab provide training and outreach to journalists interested in applying Google tools in their news gathering, reporting and storytelling. The training includes a workshop lasting from one to three hours featuring an overview of the Google tools or in-depth training on one Google tool. Longer trainings are also available.

Newsrooms must come up with at least 25 participants as well as LCD projector/screen, laptop audio and WIFi. The Society of Professional Journalists pays trainers to come to your location or newsroom courtesy of a grant from the Google News Lab.

Learn more and request a trainer to come to your organization.


International Labour Organization Global Media Competition

Type: Contest

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: October 31, 2016

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is accepting entries for its 2016 global media competition on “Breaking stereotypes on labor migration.” The categories are written articles and videos/multimedia. Articles should not exceed 2,000 words and videos/multimedia should not be longer than 5 minutes. Entries in other languages than English, French and Spanish must include a translation. Each category winner will receive US$1,000.

Learn more and apply by the October 31, 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.


Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline for Application: November 1, 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 November 1, 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.


Grist Media Fellowship Program

Type: Fellowship

Location: Seattle, WA

Deadline for Application: November 8, 2016

Grist, a nonprofit environmental media organization, offers editorial, justice and video fellowships for the spring of 2017. Beginning in February, fellows work full time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations through research, reporting, story ideas, writing, multimedia experiments and more. The fellowship pays US$2,600 per month. Fellows must make a six-month commitment, with the possibility of an extension.Writers, reporters, and editors, as well as all-stars in fields such as video, audio and multimedia, are encouraged to apply.

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


Society of Environmental Journalists Grants

Type: Grant

Location: North America

Deadline for Application: November 15, 2016

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) awards grants to provide incentives and support to journalists who are building an environmental platform and are struggling financially to complete the project. Journalism projects must cover one of these two topics: politics and economics of renewable energy in the United States; and biodiversity conservation and climate change in North America.

Both SEJ members and non-members are able to apply for the grants, as long as their work is within the journalism field. Non-members must pay a US$40 application fee.

Learn more and apply by November 15, 2016.


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.


Fountain Magazine Essay Contest

Type: Contest

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: November 30, 2016

The Fountain Magazine is hosting the essay contest “I Am an Immigrant.” Contestants are invited to answer the following questions: Are you an immigrant? Were your parents or grandparents immigrants? Are we all immigrants in this world? How do immigrants contribute to your society? How do they cause problems in your society? How would you help immigrants thrive? Essays must be in English and have between 1,500 and 2,500 words. The first, second and third place winners will receive US$1,000, US$500 and US$300, respectively.

Learn more and apply by November 30, 2016.


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.


Media Innovation Fellowship at Harvard

Type: Fellowship

Location: Cambridge, MA

Deadline for Application: December 1, 2016 or January 31, 2017

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society will host fellows for an academic year to carry out a research project on journalism innovation. Candidates must propose a project relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Most fellows receive a US$65,000 stipend. Fellows receive additional allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance. The application deadline is December 1, 2016 for international journalists and January 31, 2017 for U.S. journalists.

Learn more and apply by the deadline.


USC Annenberg Health Journalism Training and Fellowship

Type: Training

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Deadline for Application: December 1, 2016

The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism invites you to apply for their fellowship focusing on health care reform and innovation. Fellows will spend five days in Los Angeles learning about how Obamacare is making a difference in Californians’ lives, or not. The program will also spend time exploring the role that factors such as race, ethnicity, pollution, violence and transportation, land use, and food policy play in health by participating in field trips, workshops and seminars.

Each fellowship also features a half-day project workshop for fellows and their editors. Besides attending all fellowship sessions, each fellow is expected to complete a substantive reporting project on an important health issue within six months of attending the fellowship.

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


American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program

Type: Fellowship

Location: Washington D.C.

Deadline for Application: December 5, 2016

The American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program provides journalists with hands-on experience in Congress and policymaking. The fellowship begins each November with an intensive one-month introduction to Congress taught by leading experts in the field. After orientation, fellows work in placements of their choosing and also participate in ongoing seminars and enrichment programs. Preference is given to candidates with a background in political reporting but without extensive Washington experience. Fellows receive US$50,000 and travel allowance.

Learn more and apply by the December 5, 2016 deadline.


Goldziher Prize on Coverage of American Muslims

Type: Contest

Location: U.S.

Deadline for Application: December 9, 2016

The Goldziher Prize is an award for excellence in the media coverage of U.S. Muslims. Individuals or teams of journalists are invited to submit their stories or opinion pieces about American Muslims. The competition is organized by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College and the William and Mary Greve Foundation. Entries can include works in print, video or audio and photographic essays created after December 15, 2014. First, second and third place winners will receive US$15,000, US$8,000 and US$2,000, respectively.

Learn more and apply by the December 9, 2016 deadline.


2017 Dat Winning Fellowship for Sportswriting

Type: Fellowship

Location: U.S.

Deadline for Application: December 14, 2016

The Dat Winning Fellowship is a writing program for aspiring APIA writers interested in a career in sportswriting. The program is run in partnership with the Asian American Writers Workshop, VICE Sports and NBC Asian America. The 2017 program will run from January to July. Applicants of all ages are welcome to apply and applicants do not have to be current students.

Over the course of the fellowship, fellows will post six stories of 700-1000 words, one story per month. Fellows will also submit one long-form piece of 2500+ words over the course of the 6-month program. All stories will be considered for cross-post by either VICE Sports or NBC Asian America.  Fellows will be assigned a mentor established in the field to help with their long-form piece over the course of the program. Mentors include Jay Caspian Kang of VICE News Tonight, Andrew Keh of the New York Times and Mina Kimes of ESPN Magazine.

Learn more and apply by the December 14, 2016 deadline.


National Awards for Education Reporting

Type: Awards

Location: U.S.

Deadline for Application: December 15, 2016

The Education Writers Association (EWA) is now accepting entries for the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting open to journalists from all types of media outlets. Cash prizes of $1,000 and $2,500, as well as a grand prize of $10,000 are available for winners.

EWA is also welcoming entries for the Edwin Gould Foundation’s Eddie Award, whose winner will receive $7,500. This category recognizes journalism about the challenges low-income students face getting into and/or completing college.

Learn more and submit your entry by the December 15, 2016 deadline.


The Minority Science Writers Internship

Type: Internship

Location: Washington D.C.

Deadline for Application: February 1, 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Pitts Family Foundation is proud to offer a summer internship program for minority students interested in journalism as a career and want to learn about science writing.

The internship will take place June to mid-August and interns will work for 10 weeks under the guidance of Science magazine staff. Interns are expected to contribute to the weekly news section, including bylined articles in the print and electronic news service. This paid internship provides for travel to and from the internship site in Washington D.C. Living accommodations and expenses are the responsibility of the intern. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate college program at the time of application submission.

Learn more and apply by the February 1, 2017 deadline.