National Fellowship: How to apply

Applications will include:

  • Personal Statement and Project Proposal: Tell us about yourself and why you want to participate in the program (250 words). Provide a description of the project you’re pursuing. Consider these questions: What is your long-term goal for this project? How would you like to see the community or policy benefit from this work? What makes this reporting new or important? (No more than 500 words)
  • Deliverables Statement: Number of stories you’ll be reporting, and tentative story themes or focus, including any multimedia elements you plan to incorporate (photos, video, audio, graphics, etc.) (750-1,000 words)
  • Proposed Budget: Please provide a grant amount requested and a rough breakdown of how you plan to use the funds. 
  • Three samples of your most recent work
  • Editor reference letter and completed Editor Checklist form
  • Resume

Who is eligible to apply?

  • U.S.-based professional journalists. Fellows in our program include Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists, veteran health and social welfare reporters, as well as talented journalists earlier in their careers.
  • Reporters who hold full-time staff positions in newsrooms that are both large and small
  • Freelancers who earn the majority of their income from journalism and have a confirmed assignment for their proposed projects

We give preference to: 

  • Applicants who have a minimum of three years of professional journalism experience
  • Reporters pursuing collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets

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