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Preben Munthe Fellowship

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Call for Applications for journalists ordinarily resident in Norway for the inaugural Preben Munthe Fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University in 2014
We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the inaugural Preben Munthe Fellowship sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation. This gives a unique opportunity for journalists ordinarily resident in Norway to benefit from a funded fellowship at the University of Oxford.

The first Preben Munthe Fellow will spend one term (three months from April to June 2014) in Oxford based at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, where they join a diverse group of journalists from other parts of the world. The fellows attend regular seminars each week and occasional special lectures relating to journalism, and they are encouraged to attend other academic and social events at Oxford University. During their stay in the UK arrangements are also made for the fellows to visit several major media organisations such as Thomson Reuters and the BBC.

In addition, the fellows undertake a study project on a topic of their choice, leading to the completion of a 6000-8000 word paper at the end of their stay. Each fellow is assigned an academic advisor; usually an Oxford academic specialising in the Preben Munthe Fellow's chosen area, for the purpose of this project.

To be considered, applicants are asked to submit a proposal which gives details of the proposed research topic. This is normally related to the business, economic and/or social development of a country or of its media or cultural issues.

There is a minimum requirement of 5 years' professional journalistic experience, but exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered. In order to take full advantage of the excellent facilities of the Institute and of Oxford University, evidence of a good working knowledge of spoken and written English is also required. All Institute and University/College fees will be paid by the Fellowship, and the fellows will also receive their travel costs and a modest stipend to cover housing and living expenses directly from the Fritt Ord Foundation.

For further information, please contact Hanne Vorland, e-mail:

Applications should be made in English and submitted to Fritt Ord by e-mail to:

Closing date for Preben Munthe Fellowship applications:  Friday 14 February, 2014 at noon

Preben Munthe (1922-2012) chaired the Fritt Ord Foundation from 1981 to 2000. As professor of economics, state mediator and chair of private comapnies and government commissions, Munthe was for many years a prominent personality in Norway.