Upcoming Member Opportunities

AAJA will post upcoming conferences, workshops, fellowships 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.


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.


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.


Summer Internships with FiveThirtyEight

Type: Internship

Location: New York, NY

Deadline for Application: Various

FiveThirtyEight is now accepting applications for summer 2017 interns. The approximate dates are June 5 to August 11, 2017. Positions include data reporter, copy editor, podcast and video and visual journalist. Candidates must be enrolled in a college or university and must be taking at least one class in the semester/quarter prior to the internship program. Students graduating in May 2017 are also eligible to apply.

Learn more about FiveThirtyEight’s summer internships.


Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program

Type: Internship

Location: New York, NY

Deadline for Application: January 17, 2017

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will launch an internship program in June 2017. The Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program will bring 20 aspiring journalists to New York to participate in an all-expenses-paid training and internship program. Recent graduates or college seniors who attend a historically black college or a Hispanic-serving institution and/or are a member of a minority journalist association are welcome to apply.

Learn more and apply by the January 17, 2016 deadline.


Pulitzer Prize in Journalism

Type: Award

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: January 25, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize in Journalism is awarded to stories that represent high journalistic standards and excellence. Entries may include text, video, multimedia and other visual storytelling methods. The contest categories are breaking news, investigative, explanatory, local, national, international, commentary, criticism, editorial writing, public service, cartoon, breaking news photography, feature photography and feature writing.

Each category winner will receive a cash prize except for public service, whose winner will receive a gold medal. Team entries are acceptable, with a maximum of five individuals for each team.

Learn more and submit an entry by the January 25, 2017 deadline.


East-West Center Jefferson Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Asia

Deadline for Application: January 26, 2017

The East-West Center is now accepting applications for their 2017 Jefferson Fellowship. During the program, U.S. and Asia Pacific-based journalists will participate in a three-week study, dialogue and travel reporting program to deepen their knowledge of key regional issues to enhance coverage of the Asia Pacific region. Fellows will travel to Hawaii, China and the Philippines to explore trade and strategic relationships and the future of the U.S. influence in these areas. Working print, broadcast and online journalists in the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands are welcome to apply. Candidates with minimum five years of journalism experience preferred.

Learn more and apply by the January 26, 2017 deadline.


Sidney Hillman Foundation Prizes in Investigative Journalism

Type: Award

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: January 30, 2017

The Sidney Hillman Foundation seeks entries for its Hillman Prizes, which honor investigative journalism and commentary that serves the common good. Journalists worldwide are welcome to apply, but the work must have been widely accessible to U.S. audiences. Winners will receive a certificate, a cash prize and a trip to attend the awards ceremony on May 9, 2017 in New York.

Categories include book, print or online newspaper story or series, print or online magazine story or series, broadcast story or series, web publication/story or series/multimedia and opinion and analysis.

Learn more and submit your entry by January 30, 2017.


Master of Journalism (MJ) Program at Hong Kong University

Type: Postgraduate Opportunity

Location: Hong Kong

Deadline for Application: January 31, 2017

The Master of Journalism (MJ) course at Hong Kong University is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The program is a one year full-time or a two year part-time course. Students will learn the core skills of journalism, reporting and writing, television and video production, media law and ethics and new media. Students also have the opportunity to take elective courses in a broad range of subjects from business and finance to public health to digital media and receive internships at renowned media organizations throughout Asia. Faculty for the journalism program includes journalists with experience at The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more.

Learn more and apply by the January 31, 2017 deadline.


Media Innovation Fellowship at Harvard

Type: Fellowship

Location: Cambridge, MA

Deadline for Application: 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 January 31, 2017 for U.S. journalists.

Learn more and apply by the 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.


Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan

Type: Fellowship

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Deadline for Application: February 1, 2017 

The Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan brings exceptional journalists from the United States and abroad together for a year of academic study. Fellows devise a personalized plan of study with access to the courses and resources at the university. Applicants must be granted a leave of absence for the academic year from their employers and have at least five years of professional experience. Print, broadcast and online journalists are eligible to apply. U.S. fellows receive US$70,000 and have their tuition and travel costs covered by the program.

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


Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Various

Deadline for Application: February 1, 2017

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) is accepting proposals to collaborate with them on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Applicants may choose from three types of RJI Fellowships for 2017-2018: residential, nonresidential and institutional. Residential fellows will 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. Residential fellows will receive a stipend and one-time housing or relocation allowance. Nonresidential fellows will receive a stipend, plus research and travel support. U.S. citizens and foreign journalists are welcome to apply.

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


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

Type: Awards

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: February 3, 2017

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, presented by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center, honors outstanding reporting on human rights, social justice and the power of individual action around the world. The contest features six categories: print, TV, radio, photography, new media and editorial cartoon. Subcategories include domestic and international news coverage and high school and college entries.

Each category winner will receive US$1,000. The grand prize winner receives an additional cash prize. High school and college students will receive US$500. The entry fee is US$75. There is no entry fee for high school or college categories.

Learn more and submit your entry by the February 3, 2017 deadline.


Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop at the University of Rhode Island

Type: Fellowship

Location: Narragansett, RI

Deadline for Application: February 6, 2017

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography is accepting applications for the 2017 Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems taking place June 4 – 9, 2017. The fellowship includes tuition, travel support and housing. Two of the ten slots will be awarded to internationally based journalists.

Using Narragansett Bay as a living laboratory, the workshop gives fellows opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. Fellows will have the opportunity to translate scientific publications for general audiences, acquire the skills to work with complex scientific data to create stories and interact with leading researchers to cultivate new sources.

Learn more and apply by the February 6, 2017 deadline.


Scripps Howard Awards in Journalism

Type: Award

Location: U.S.

Deadline for Application: February 10, 2017

The Scripps Howard Foundation recognizes journalistic works from print, broadcast or online media published in 2016. Cash prizes range from US$10,000 to US$20,000 each. The competition features 15 categories such as breaking news, business and economics, opinion, community journalism, digital innovation, environmental, human interest storytelling, investigative, photojournalism, radio, television and more. The entry fee is US$50. All submissions must be in English and include a nomination or cover letter.

Learn more and submit your entry by the February 10, 2017 deadline.


Summer Internships at OZY Media

Type: Internship

Location: Mountain View, CA or New York City

Deadline for Application: February 15, 2017

OZY is seeking candidates for a demanding, paid, 8-to-10-week summer internship program. As an OZY intern, you’ll help power their team, publish your own stories and work on a summerlong special project. Juniors and graduating seniors, postcollegiate types and those with professional experience are welcome to apply. The internship pays approximately $5,000 for 10 weeks. Current internships include opportunities in reporting, video and photo editing.

Learn more and find out how to apply by the February 15, 2017 deadline.


Journalists Law School Fellowship at Loyola Marymount University

Type: Fellowship

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Deadline for Application: February 15, 2017

Loyola Law School is offering fellowships to 35 professional journalists who have a minimum of three years of experience as a journalist. To help support journalists who cover the courts on national, regional or local levels, the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School has developed the journalist law program consisting of a four-day intensive seminar on the legal system. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn from experienced law faculty and practicing journalists-lawyers, meet with judges and leading members of the Bar and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Lectures, lodging and most meals are covered. The Journalist Law School fellowship will be held June 7-10, 2017.

Learn more and apply by the February 15, 2017 deadline.


Knight International Journalism Awards

Type: Award

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Nomination: February 17, 2017

The International Center for Journalists seeks nominations for the Knight International Journalism Awards. The awards are designed to honor journalists who have produced quality news and information that has made a significant impact on the lives of people in the developing world. Nominees can be reporters, editors, technologists, media managers, citizen journalists or bloggers. The winners will be honored at ICFJ’s awards dinner on November 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Each winner will receive a US$10,000 cash prize and a crystal trophy.

Learn more and nominate a journalist by the February 17, 2017 deadline.


Knight Science Journalism Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Boston, MA

Deadline for Application: February 28, 2017

The Knight Science Journalism Fellowships hosts international and U.S. journalists for nine months of personalized study, auditing courses at MIT and Harvard, attending lectures and interviewing faculty members.

Fellows receive a US$70,000 stipend plus tuition. Additional benefits include health insurance, research trip stipends, conference stipends and access to MIT and Harvard resources. Applicants must have English proficiency and at least three years of experience as reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators or photojournalists.

Learn more and apply by the February 28, 2017 deadline.


Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: Maryland

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2017

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) are now accepting applications from mid-career professionals for their 12-month, multidisciplinary residential fellowship program at the Center for Tobacco Products’ main office in Maryland. Fellows will be placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science. Fellows are expected to complete the full 12-month residential fellowship.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been admitted to the United States for permanent residence and must have an advanced degree in the sciences, communications and journalism, business administration or the medical fields.

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


Data Journalism Awards

Type: Awards

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: April 7, 2017

The fifth annual Data Journalism Awards, run by the Global Editors Network (GEN), will be awarding a US$1,801 prize to each of its 10 category winners. The categories are: data visualization of the year; investigation of the year; news data app of the year; data journalism website of the year; best individual portfolio; best use of data in a breaking news story, within first 36 hours; open data award; small newsrooms; student and young data journalist of the year; and public choice.

Submissions must have been published or aired between April 14, 2016 and April 7, 2017 and must be in English or accompanied with an English translation.

Learn more and submit your entry by the April 7, 2017 deadline.