IJNR awards fellowships to working reporters, photojournalists, writers, editors and producers, including independent and freelance journalists. In addition, fellowships are occasionally awarded to students enrolled in graduate-level journalism programs.
Fellowships are competitive. Preference is given to journalists employed by news organizations, or freelancers who contribute regularly to one or more outlets. Contributors to newsletters, magazines and other media controlled by industry, government or advocacy groups are rarely selected. Public-relations practitioners are not eligible.
IJNR covers the cost of meals, lodging, local transportation, excursions and research materials during each institute. Employers of journalists selected as fellows are expected to provide full salary for the fellows while they are on assignment at the institutes and are encouraged to pay for travel costs to and from the program. On occasion, some stipends are available to help individuals defray travel costs, although IJNR cannot pay for overseas plane tickets.
How to Apply
Applicants are invited to submit:
- A letter of interest of no more than two single-spaced pages, and specifying for which Institute you are applying
- A resume of work experience and educational background
- At least one professional letter of recommendation
- Four to six work samples (published articles, photos, audio or video). Links or PDFs are preferred.
Applications are reviewed by a selection committee that advises the program director and executive director before they make the final decision.