The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is partnering with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to provide fellowships to five AAJA student members to be able to attend the AAJA annual convention. Each scholarship winner will be awarded $750 from this Columbia grant.
The Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship expands the university’s and AAJA’s mutual goal of providing future journalists the ability to attend the national convention to network with fellow students, professionals and employers; receive training by participating in convention workshops, panels and speaking events; and learn about trends in journalism that will better prepare them for successful careers.
The scholarships will help offset registration, travel, lodging and meal costs for students during the convention week. Selected students may also be invited to meet with Columbia Journalism School representatives and to attend Columbia-sponsored events during the convention.
The 2018 Application Deadline Has Passed
- Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission
- Applicants must have an active AAJA membership (Subject to verification)
- Applicants must demonstrate a dedication to journalism and a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career
- Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) in undergraduate or graduate school and either taking or planning to take courses in journalism or media studies
- Currently enrolled Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students are not eligible to apply
- Students may apply for both this opportunity and to VOICES. However, students who are selected as participants for VOICES will no longer be eligible for a Columbia Journalism School fellowship.
The deadline to apply was Sunday, April 15 at 11:59pm PT. Please email Justin Seiter at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Columbia Journalism School Student Scholarship 2018 Recipients
Haiyun Jiang is a student at Ohio University studying photojournalism. "I think AAJA conference offers an excellent platform for young journalists to get inspired, to meet with and learn from seasoned journalists and editors in our industry [...] I had the pleasure to meet with and learn from veteran photojournalists and editors that critiqued and encouraged my personal growth," Haiyun says. She recently completed a trip to Washington, D.C. where she worked on a documentary project.
Sunny Kim is currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin. "The AAJA Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship helped pay for my expenses at the national convention in Houston this year. I'm really glad I was able to go to the convention because it helped me make valuable connections with professionals working in journalism," Sunny says. She hopes to build more experience to become an investigative reporter writing about politics, technology and higher education.
Tami Nguyen is a recent graduate of Boston University where she studied film and television. "This fellowship funded my experience at AAJA convention in Houston. I recommend attending AAJA. This is where I met the most incredible individuals I can call up any time," Tami says. Tami previously interned with ESPN and currently works as a control room operator at Boston College.
Alvin Tran is a graduate student at Harvard University studying public health nutrition and health communication. "The reporting and writing workshops from the 2018 AAJA convention in Houston were phenomenal. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with journalists across many disciplines who provided me with valuable feedback and guidance. This opportunity to build professional relationships with established Asian American journalists was inspiring and would not have been made possible without the support of the Columbia Journalism School Student Scholarship," Alvin says. After graduation, he hopes to begin applying his specialized training and expertise in public health to journalism.
Cat Wang is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles studying English. "The Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship made it possible for me to attend this year's AAJA convention—my first convention—and build relationships with a wide range of practicing journalists. Through these new connections, I was able to explore new internship opportunities in the United States that I would otherwise not have had access to," Cat says. She hopes to one day be a foreign correspondent for an international news organization or to be a politics and culture writer for a publication such as The New Yorker.
Columbia Journalism School Student Scholarship 2017 Recipients
Lloyd Alaban is a student at San Jose State University majoring in mass communications. "This AAJA fellowship allowed me to fly to Philadelphia to go to a convention for the first time. I was able to meet many journalists who were my age and network with them. [...] Finally, I was able to go to social events that introduced me to more journalists, which increased my networking opportunities," Lloyd says. He is currently an editorial intern for Realtor.com. His professional goal is to integrate his knowledge of social media analytics with effective long-form journalism for an online publication such as Vox, Mother Jones and POLITICO.
Bethany Ao is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. "I met so many wonderful people at the convention this year and have stayed in touch with them after as well! I was also able to connect with a few places that led to job interviews, which was great," Bethany says. She was previously an intern for The Boston Globe and currently interns for Melwood Global, a strategic communications firm.
Aneri Pattani recent graduate of Northeastern University, where she studied journalism. She previously was a James Reston reporting fellow for The New York Times and is currently an assistant producer for WNYC. "The grant I received allowed me to attend the AAJA convention and make invaluable connections. A meeting at the job fair there actually led to the job that I just acquired at WNYC - my first full-time position," Aneri says. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism in the area of health reporting.
Alexa Strabuk is a recent graduate of Pitzer College, where she pursued a double major in media studies and Asian American studies. "The fellowship allowed me to meet face-to-face with like-minded individuals in the industry, which I believe was an essential benefit. I was able to ask for professional tips and hear about varying experiences from seasoned journalists. [...] I was also able to visit with graduate school representatives, who were all more than willing to answer my questions thoughtfully. I would not have been afforded these opportunities without the Columbia School of Journalism fellowship," Alexa says. She hopes to one day work for a non-profit or independent publication where she can amplify and empower voices left out of mainstream media.
Columbia Journalism School Student Scholarship 2016 Recipients
Nuran Alteir is an engineering student at Golden West College who hopes to use her science degree to focus on niche reporting. “The Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship made it possible for me to go to the AAJA Convention without worrying about finances. I met amazing people who I know will prove to be invaluable friends and resources in the future,” Nuran says. She is currently a freelance reporter and photographer for the Times Community News.
Lauren Day is currently a student at the University of Southern California focusing on broadcast and digital journalism. She recently completed an internship as a college associate with Fox News Channel. Lauren says she would not have been able to attend the AAJA convention in Las Vegas without the financial help of the Columbia Journalism Scholarship. “The convention was an incredible experience. Not only did I learn a lot in the workshops, but it was extremely valuable for networking. I made so many career connections and received critiques on my reel […] The convention helped me make connections that I believe will lead to a job after graduation,” Lauren says. She is currently an executive producer and reporter for USC’s Annenberg Media.
Earl Jordan Lalata is currently a student at San Francisco State University majoring in journalism. “The Columbia Fellowship allowed me to attend a convention where Asian Americans and allies gathered to support one another […] Being a part of the convention gave me more confidence to produce my own narrative of reporting on LGBT in Asia. I was able to meet journalists who are passionate about what they do, which reassures me that choosing journalism as a career is the best choice for me,” Earl says. His future goal is to become an international reporter in Asia and plans on looking into opportunities for reporting international affairs in Asian countries.
Jaclyn Lee is a student at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill studying broadcast journalism. She is currently a news production assistant for WRAL and works on her campus television station, Carolina Week, as an anchor and reporter. “One of the large reasons I’ve been able to achieve what I have is due to huge support and mentoring from the AAJA community. This grant allowed me to continue building relationships and receive feedback on my current work. I’ve greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend seminars that further help grow my journalistic abilities,” Jaclyn says. She hopes to pursue a career in television broadcast reporting to tell stories that can better improve the community she serves.
Pallavi Somusetty is a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism studying documentary production. She is currently a self-employed documentary cinematographer who produces her own films. “The fellowship helped me to network and navigate amongst esteemed AAPI professionals immediately after graduation […] I also took away a lot from some of the workshops – they inspired me to strengthen my professional female relationships, to explore VR in depth and to think more about how to handle conflict reporting,” Pallavi says. Her thesis film Escaping Agra was a Cine Golden Eagle Finalist for Student Documentary in 2016 and premiered at the SF International Film Festival.
Application information will only be used internally by AAJA to promote student opportunities and for program evaluation and planning. In the application form, please indicate whether you would like to be notified of further student opportunities from AAJA, including scholarships, grants and additional journalism training. AAJA does not share applicant information with third parties except for appropriate Columbia University representatives.