JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

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By Lillian Williams

Below is a list of journalism fellowships and awards, courtesy of ALL DIGITOCRACY, a website supported by the Ford Foundation.

Note the deadlines!

The Bear Fellowship, Nieman Fellowship, Knight-Wallace Fellowship, among others, are on the list.

There’s even an award for students.

Go for it!

Here’s how ALL DIGITOCRACY described these fellowships and awards:

“Online News Association’s M.J. Bear Fellowship

The MJ Bear Fellowships identify and celebrate early-career digital journalists, working independently or for a company or organization, who have demonstrated — through professional experimentation, research or other projects — that they deserve support for their efforts and/or vision. The fellows are up-and-coming journalists inside or outside the newsroom who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry and working to expand the boundaries of digital news.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, July 14, 2016.

Online News Association’s CNN Diversity Fellowship

Digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms are encouraged to apply for the CNN Diversity Fellowship at ONA16. Four winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ONA conference in Denver Sept. 15-17.

Applicants should have:

A passion for creative storytelling on mobile and social platforms
Experience with producing and/or curating content for mobile web and apps
Deep knowledge of the news mobile and social space
Understanding of how to build community around content and topics through listening, participation and interaction
Applications will be open to journalists of diverse backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and gender.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, July 14, 2016.

Online News Association’s HBCU Digital Media Fellowship

Four students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will receive hands-on experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference, Sept. 15-17 in Denver as part of the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship, which also gives them high-profile exposure and advanced practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, July 14, 2016.

October 2016 Deadlines

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships

The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism in some new way. Candidates need not be practicing journalists, but must demonstrate the ways in which their work at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation may improve the prospects for journalism’s future. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.

Information about applying for 2017 visiting fellowships will be posted on this page in August 2016. The application deadline is October 1, 2016.

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The 2017-2018 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Storytellers publish stories on the Fulbright-National Geographic Stories blog.

In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), and materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers will receive instruction in story-telling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. National Geographic will also provide editorial mentorship for Storytellers during their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers will provide material for the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted for the following themes:

Our Human Story
Themes: Culture/Geo-politics, Contemporary Social Issues, Democracy and Human Rights, Religious Freedom
Critical Species
Themes: Conservation of Species, Extinction
New Frontiers
Themes: Innovations in areas of Health, Medicine, Technology, Energy, Economic Development/Prosperity
Deadline: October 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

January 2017 Deadlines

Nieman Fellowship

A Nieman Fellowship is an extraordinary, transformative learning opportunity open to journalists working in all media in every country around the world. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes with some of the university’s greatest thinkers, participating in Nieman events and collaborating with peers. Nieman Fellows are also able to audit classes at other local universities including MIT and Tufts. Each year, the Nieman Foundation awards paid fellowships to up to 24 journalists working in print, broadcast, digital and audiovisual media.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation

The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Both organizations share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation, and the evolution of the digital space, and both have longstanding fellowship programs that offer a year of learning and collaboration with others in the Harvard community.

Proposals from Nieman-Berkman Fellowship candidates may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting, or research into news consumption patterns. Candidates must explain how their proposals will benefit journalism.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

February 2017 Deadlines

Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Fellowship

The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a paper on a media/politics topic. It is a highly selective program; only a very small percentage of applicants are accepted.

The Center hosts eight one-semester residential fellowships each year (four per semester). Fellows conduct research; engage with students, faculty and the Harvard community; and participate in the various events associated with the Shorenstein Center. Fellows’ research and ideas are presented at weekly research meetings where they discuss and defend their project before a group of peers. Recent projects have been published in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic and Fortune magazine and have been reported on in The New York Times.

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Knight-Wallace Fellowship

A Knight-Wallace Fellowship recognizes exceptional journalists for their work, leadership and potential with a unique opportunity: an academic year of study, developing new perspectives and networks, and achieving both professional and personal growth at the University of Michigan, one of the world’s finest universities.

For the small group of journalism professionals from the U.S. and abroad selected for a Knight-Wallace Fellowship, the result is a life-changing experience.

Personalized study plans and access to U-M courses allow you to pursue your own path.
Regular seminars and visiting speakers bring the best from journalism and academia to you.
Workshops for fellows provide opportunities to advance your writing, entrepreneurial and multimedia knowledge and skills.
International travel is a core component of the experience.
Stipends allow our fellows (and their families/partners) to make the most of a once-in-a-lifetime sabbatical opportunity.
Applications for this fellowship open on September 1, 2017. Deadline: February 1, 2017”

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