Support AAJA Scholarships

Support young journalists in their search for opportunities to grow their careers by donating to AAJA’s scholarship & internship fund.  All donations will fund scholarship opportunities for aspiring journalists through AAJA’s signature programs, with a commitment from AAJA to allocate minimal funds towards the administration of these funds.  

Signature Opportunities

AAJA annually offers up to $20,000 in scholarships and grants to journalism students to help offset the costs of education, internships, living expenses and other opportunities. To apply, please fill out the AAJA Opportunities General Application Form, then submit your essay for each individual opportunity. Please note some listed opportunities have their own application. Be sure you fit the individual opportunity’s criteria. 

Internships & Fellowships

Internship for AAJA’s National Office 
Remote internship opportunities with AAJA Headquarters.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship
The Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship widens opportunities for mid-career AAJA members pursuing the strategies and skills needed to enter news management and advance within its ranks.  

AAJA Sports Task Force-ESPN Summer Internship
One internship with ESPN and the AAJA Sports Task Force for sports journalism college students that will begin in the summer of 2021. The internship includes pay for qualified candidates. 
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 

Scholarships & Grants

Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship $2,000
Currently enrolled students pursuing sports journalism/media as a career; funded by the AAJA Sports Task Force.
Application Deadline:
January 31, 2021  

CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship $5,000 
Available to graduating high school seniors and college students who are passionate about journalism. This grant pays for educational costs, travel, and registration to AAJA’s annual National Convention. 
Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Scholarships $900
Two $900 scholarships available for a current student and a recent graduate pursuing sports journalism to offset costs for registration, travel, accommodations and meals for AAJA’s annual National Convention.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 

Broadcast News Internship Grant

    • Sam Chu Lin Internship Grant up to $500 
      Available to a student with a summer broadcast news internship. 
    • Lloyd LaCuesta Internship Grant up to $1000 
      Available to an Asian American male who has secured a broadcast news internship for the summer season (May or June through August)  
      Application Deadlines: April 21, 2021

Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship Up to $2,000
Available to current college students, graduate students and graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing journalism as a career.
Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

Stanford Chen Internship Grant: $2,000 
Available to offset living expenses and costs for college juniors, seniors and graduate students in journalism who have secured a summer internship.
Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship $1,500
 Available to current student journalists for writing about the legacy of Vincent Chin in essay form.
Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

William Woo Print and Online News Internship Grant $2,000 
Available to support students and recent graduates who have secured a print or online news internship for the summer season (May or June through August).
Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship $2000 
Available to young sports broadcast journalist/recent college graduate who has less than three years of professional experience. Ideal candidates are journalists in their first TV market. Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

Partner Opportunities

Internships & Fellowships

ABC News / AAJA Alexa Valiente Summer Internship
One paid summer internship with ABC News in New York City or Washington, DC is available for current students pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. Housing stipends are available.
Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

Intern for AsAmNews
Earn college credit and valuable experience at AsAmNews. This internship is open until a qualified applicant is selected.

NBC News Summer Fellowships  
Paid summer internships with Comcast NBCUniversal in New York City or New Jersey are available for current students pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. Housing stipends are available.
Application Deadline: January 27, 2021

AAJA Sacramento Internship with The Sacramento Bee
In partnership with The Sacramento Bee, AAJA Sacramento is sponsoring a paid 10-week internship program for aspiring journalists. The program begins in May or June 2021. Applicants must be 2021 AAJA student members.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021 

Sports Journalism Institute
One week of intensive training plus an eight-week paid sports journalism internship available upon completion.
Applications now open.  

Scholarships & Grants

Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship $750 each
Four fellowships available for current students to offset costs for registration, travel, accommodations and meals for AAJA’s annual National Convention. Check back for details. 

ProPublica Diversity Scholarship Program $750  
Available to current high school, college and grad school students to offset costs for AAJA’s annual National Convention. Application Deadline: February 22, 2021  

White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship $2000  
Reward towards the 2021-2022 academic year, to be used towards the recipient’s education, luncheon with WHCA, a mentor from the WHCA and more. 
Application Deadline: March 30, 2021

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship
AAJA and Getty Images are pleased to announce a new collaboration to award a $10,000 scholarship to a student focused on photojournalism. The scholarship recipient will also receive a $1,000 stipend to support registration fees to attend AAJA’s annual National Convention.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship $10,000 each
In partnership with Facebook, AAJA will award five scholarships to juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing a degree in digital media/journalism/communications.
Application Deadline: May 29, 2021

Other Opportunities

AAJA Members may access other internships, fellowships, scholarships, grants through our Career Center, in partnership with Journalism Next. If you are an employer seeking to post diversity and inclusion opportunities to our members, please visit our Career Center.

 

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.

Poytner 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

Free Digital Media Resources from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Type: Training
Location: Worldwide
Deadline for Application: Ongoing

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism‘s Advanced Media Institute offers free online trainings, interactive live streams, videos and tutorials. Topics include video and animation, audio, data visualization, multimedia, reporting and public records, social media and web development. Classes cover podcasting, multimedia storytelling, how to shoot and edit with an iPhone, intro to cleaning data, Facebook and Twitter for journalists, and more. Anyone is welcome to access these resources.

Learn more and view an online tutorial 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. 

Open Matter: Local News Bootcamps with Google News Lab, News Media Alliance, and 4 Top J-Schools
Type: Training
Location: Various
Deadline for Application: Various

Over the next 6 months, Matter will be running four Local News Bootcamps in four different regions of the United States in partnership with Google News Lab. Led by Matter’s Pete Mortensen, Matter will hold four tuition-free design and entrepreneurial thinking bootcamps for journalists, news businesspeople, designers, and technologists across the U.S. The program is also partnering with four journalism schools: the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism; the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership at the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; and UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. 

Learn more and apply by the various deadlines.

Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Fellowship
Type: Fellowship
Location: Boston, MA
Deadline for Application: Check with organization for deadline

Journalists worldwide working for news organizations in a business, technology or leadership capacity can apply for a fellowship at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society will host at least one fellow for an academic year to carry out a research project on journalism innovation.

Candidates must propose a project relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples might include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting or research into news consumption patterns. Fellows receive a stipend and additional allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance.

Learn more and apply by the various deadlines.

Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship
Type: Fellowship
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Deadline for Application: Check with the organization for deadlines 

The Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, sponsored by 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. Typically, 12 Americans are joined by six to eight international colleagues. Applicants must be granted a leave of absence for the academic year from their employers.

Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience. Print, broadcast and online journalists are eligible to apply. U.S. fellows receive US$75,000 and have their tuition and travel costs covered by the program. The stipend for international fellows varies.

For deadlines Learn more. 

American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program
Type: Fellowship
Location: Washington, D.C.
Deadline for Application: Check with the organization for deadlines

Gain first-hand knowledge of Congress and policymaking by spending a year on Capitol Hill! The American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program is now accepting applications from journalists for the 2019-2020 fellowship year. Fellows gain hands-on experience in Congress and the policymaking process by serving on congressional staffs, following an intensive one-month orientation. Fellows also participate in enrichment programs throughout the fellowship year.

Open to print and broadcast journalists (including online journalists) with a bachelor’s degree and two to ten years of professional experience in writing, reporting, editing, producing, or directing. Preference is given to candidates with a background in political reporting but without extensive Washington experience. Fellows will receive a $52,500 stipend plus travel allowance.

Learn more.

NASA Journalism Internships
For seniors who have already secured an acceptance letter to either a 2 or 4 year institution of higher learning for journalism. Multiple opportunities. Search with keyword “journalism.”
Application Deadlines: vary per calendar cycle. 


 


For more details about AAJA’s opportunities and how to apply,
watch our scholarship information session