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Our Journalist Fellowships are funded through awards from international news organisations and corporations, and through the support of generous individuals. Some are tailored towards journalists from specific countries while others are directed towards those with particular interests. You do not need to specify which source of funding you are applying for when you send your application. We will allocate the one most suitable for you based on your country of origin and your project. The Fellowships are fully funded and cover accommodation and living costs.

Here are our funders
Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship
Anglo American Fellowship
Google Digital News Fellowships
Mona Megalli Fellowship
Wincott Business Journalist Fellowship
Facebook

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship, founded in 1983, offers an opportunity for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects.

Every year Thomson Reuters Fellows get fully-funded Fellowships for three or six months (one or two terms). The Fellowship covers programme fees, a modest living allowance of £2,000 per month and return travel expenses to the UK.

Thomson Reuters Fellows are drawn from print, broadcast and digital media. Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible. See alumni sponsored by the Thomson Reuters Foundation here.

The Anglo American Journalist Fellowships are aimed at mid-career journalists resident in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Brazil, Peru, Colombia or Chile.

The Fellowships will appeal to journalists who are interested in the opportunity of producing a research paper that falls broadly within the categories of Transparency, Accountability and / or Sustainability.

Applications will be assessed on three main criteria:

  • The quality of the professional achievements of the journalist, related to the stage they have reached in their career
  • Their potential and interest in being part of an international programme, and of contributing to and making best use of the opportunity presented by the fellowship
  • The quality of their detailed research proposal and their proposed ideas on how they might promote their research.

The Fellowship funding covers programme fees, travel and visa costs and a living allowance of £2,000 per month. The Fellowship lasts six months.

The Google Digital News Journalist Fellowships are aimed at mid-career journalists resident in one of the countries covered in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.

The Fellowships will appeal to journalists who are interested in the opportunity of producing a research paper based on some aspect of either the Digital News Report survey data or digital journalism in their country more generally, with a direct focus on the professional and industry implications based on their own experience.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of three main criteria:

  • The quality of the professional achievements of the journalist related to the stage they have reached in their career
  • Their potential and interest in being part of an international programme, and of contributing to and making best use of the opportunity presented by the Fellowship
  • The quality of their detailed research proposal and their proposed ideas on how they might promote their findings for the benefit of their colleagues and the industry more generally.

The Fellowships last two terms (six months) commencing in January. Fellows receive a living allowance of £2,000 per month.

See alumni sponsored by the Google Digital News Journalist Fellowships here.

The Mona Megalli Fellowship was established in 2008 in memory of Mona Megalli, a distinguished Egyptian-American Reuters journalist who died in 2007 after a long illness. Having worked for large parts of her career as a journalist in the Middle East, Mona made a bequest to fund activities and initiatives designed to enhance the professional ethics of journalism in the region. This fellowship is one of those initiatives.

The fellowship is open to a practicing mid-career journalist from the Middle East region interested in researching and publishing material about professional standards and journalistic ethics in the region, how these impact on the practice of journalism there, and also what changes are needed or could be contemplated to improve the practice of journalism in the region.

The Mona Megalli Fellowship lasts two terms (six months). The Fellowship covers Programme fees, a living allowance of £2,000 per month and return travel expenses to the UK.

The Reuters Institute is seeking applications for Wincott Journalist Fellowships as part of its world renowned Journalist Fellowship Programme based at the Reuters Institute in Oxford.

The Fellowship lasts one term and it's aimed at mid-career business journalists resident in sub-Saharan Africa. It will appeal to business journalists who want to take a deeper look at one aspect of financial reporting.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of three main criteria:

  • The quality of the professional achievements of the journalist related to the stage they have reached in their career
  • Their potential and interest in being part of an international programme, and of contributing to and making best use of the opportunity presented by the Fellowship
  • The quality of their detailed research proposal, which should focus on an aspect of business reporting.

The Fellowship starts in October or January.

As part of our Trust in News research project, Facebook funds two six-month Journalism Fellowships for mid-career journalists who want to explore innovative ways to restore trust in news media.

Journalists with at least five years' experience from Brazil, India, the UK or U.S. are welcome to apply. Successful applicants will show a commitment to return to their newsrooms to implement their ideas or launch a new initiative. 

Applications should include a 600-word proposal, a CV including references and links to recent work, and a one-page personal statement. 

The Fellowship covers programme fees, a living allowance of £2,000 per month and return travel expenses to the UK.

The deadline for applications for this fellowship is 28 September 2020. See more information.

Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship, founded in 1983, offers an opportunity for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects.

Every year Thomson Reuters Fellows get fully-funded Fellowships for three or six months (one or two terms). The Fellowship covers programme fees, a modest living allowance of £2,000 per month and return travel expenses to the UK.

Thomson Reuters Fellows are drawn from print, broadcast and digital media. Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible. See alumni sponsored by the Thomson Reuters Foundation here.

Anglo American Fellowship

The Anglo American Journalist Fellowships are aimed at mid-career journalists resident in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Brazil, Peru, Colombia or Chile.

The Fellowships will appeal to journalists who are interested in the opportunity of producing a research paper that falls broadly within the categories of Transparency, Accountability and / or Sustainability.

Applications will be assessed on three main criteria:

  • The quality of the professional achievements of the journalist, related to the stage they have reached in their career
  • Their potential and interest in being part of an international programme, and of contributing to and making best use of the opportunity presented by the fellowship
  • The quality of their detailed research proposal and their proposed ideas on how they might promote their research.

The Fellowship funding covers programme fees, travel and visa costs and a living allowance of £2,000 per month. The Fellowship lasts six months.

Google Digital News Fellowships

The Google Digital News Journalist Fellowships are aimed at mid-career journalists resident in one of the countries covered in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.

The Fellowships will appeal to journalists who are interested in the opportunity of producing a research paper based on some aspect of either the Digital News Report survey data or digital journalism in their country more generally, with a direct focus on the professional and industry implications based on their own experience.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of three main criteria:

  • The quality of the professional achievements of the journalist related to the stage they have reached in their career
  • Their potential and interest in being part of an international programme, and of contributing to and making best use of the opportunity presented by the Fellowship
  • The quality of their detailed research proposal and their proposed ideas on how they might promote their findings for the benefit of their colleagues and the industry more generally.

The Fellowships last two terms (six months) commencing in January. Fellows receive a living allowance of £2,000 per month.

See alumni sponsored by the Google Digital News Journalist Fellowships here.

Mona Megalli Fellowship

The Mona Megalli Fellowship was established in 2008 in memory of Mona Megalli, a distinguished Egyptian-American Reuters journalist who died in 2007 after a long illness. Having worked for large parts of her career as a journalist in the Middle East, Mona made a bequest to fund activities and initiatives designed to enhance the professional ethics of journalism in the region. This fellowship is one of those initiatives.

The fellowship is open to a practicing mid-career journalist from the Middle East region interested in researching and publishing material about professional standards and journalistic ethics in the region, how these impact on the practice of journalism there, and also what changes are needed or could be contemplated to improve the practice of journalism in the region.

The Mona Megalli Fellowship lasts two terms (six months). The Fellowship covers Programme fees, a living allowance of £2,000 per month and return travel expenses to the UK.

Wincott Business Journalist Fellowship

The Reuters Institute is seeking applications for Wincott Journalist Fellowships as part of its world renowned Journalist Fellowship Programme based at the Reuters Institute in Oxford.

The Fellowship lasts one term and it's aimed at mid-career business journalists resident in sub-Saharan Africa. It will appeal to business journalists who want to take a deeper look at one aspect of financial reporting.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of three main criteria:

  • The quality of the professional achievements of the journalist related to the stage they have reached in their career
  • Their potential and interest in being part of an international programme, and of contributing to and making best use of the opportunity presented by the Fellowship
  • The quality of their detailed research proposal, which should focus on an aspect of business reporting.

The Fellowship starts in October or January.

Facebook

As part of our Trust in News research project, Facebook funds two six-month Journalism Fellowships for mid-career journalists who want to explore innovative ways to restore trust in news media.

Journalists with at least five years' experience from Brazil, India, the UK or U.S. are welcome to apply. Successful applicants will show a commitment to return to their newsrooms to implement their ideas or launch a new initiative. 

Applications should include a 600-word proposal, a CV including references and links to recent work, and a one-page personal statement. 

The Fellowship covers programme fees, a living allowance of £2,000 per month and return travel expenses to the UK.

The deadline for applications for this fellowship is 28 September 2020. See more information.

Other sources of funding

These sponsoring organisations offer scholarships to journalists to join the fellowship programme. Journalists who meet the criteria for these scholarships should apply direct through the sponsoring organization. The application process, terms and deadlines are set by the sponsoring organisations. See each one for more details.

Austrian Press Agency Alfred Geiringer Fellowship
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Donald McDonald Scholarship
Fritt Ord Preben Munthe Fellowship
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Fellowship
JP Politiken Fellowship
Media24 Fellowship
BBC Fellowship
Dagens Nyheter Fellowship
Columbia Journalism School Fellowship

The Alfred Geiringer Foundation for the Further Education of Journalists, introduced in 2001 and sponsored by the Austrian Press Agency, aims to encourage the development of high-quality journalism in Austria. It is named in honour of Alfred Geiringer, who was forced to emigrate from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 but returned to Europe in 1946 as Reuters European Editor and played an instrumental role in founding APA as an independent, newspapers-owned co-operative. The Geiringer Fellowship, organised since 2002 jointly by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and APA, gives one highly-qualified journalist, selected annually from Austrian journalists at APA or its owner-media, the opportunity to spend three months (one term) studying at RISJ.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Sonja Gruber (2014-15) News Embargoes - Under threat, but not extinct: How an ancient press tool survives in the modern media world
  • Anna-Maria Wallner (2013-14) The writing is on the paywall - how media companies in small countries can develop the right paid content strategy
  • Christoph Griessner (2012-13)News Agencies and Social Media: A Relationship with a Future?

Applications are made directly to APA.

More information on the Alfred Geiringer Fellowship.

Since 1999, the ABC has awarded an annual Scholarship to an experienced high-level ABC journalist to join the RISJ programme for three months (one term) via an internal selection process. It was renamed in honour of Donald McDonald AC on the occasion of his retirement in 2006 in recognition of his commitment to excellence in journalism. As ABC Chairman, Mr Donald McDonald AC was instrumental in the establishment of the Scholarship and provided ongoing encouragement and support for the programme and for the Scholars throughout the programme's history.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Lisa Main (2015-16) Bulk Collection: Broken Democracy? Journalism and post-Snowden legislation, Comparative study: Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Kellie Riordan (2014-15) Accuracy, independence, and impartiality: How legacy media and digital natives approach standards in the digital age
  • Kellie Mayo (2012-13) New Pressures on Old Ethics: a question of confidentiality which will examine some of the extraordinary insights provided by the Leveson Inquiry in the UK into the state of the relationship between journalists and politicians

Applications are made directly to ABC.

Established in 2013, the Preben Munthe Fellowship for a journalist resident in Norway is sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation. The Preben Munthe Fellow will spend two terms in Oxford where they join a diverse group of journalists from other parts of the world. Successful applicants will conduct research related to the business, economic and/or social development of a country or of its media or cultural issues.

Preben Munthe (1922-2013) was Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo, from 1981 to 2000. He was a professor of Economics at the University of Oslo, chief state mediator, and held a number of directorships in the public sector as well as in business and industry.

Applications are made directly to Fritt Ord. Application deadlines for fellowships beginning in January 2021 close on 16 September.

See more information about Preben Munthe Fellowship. For further information, please contact Hanne Vorland, e-mail: hanne.vorland@fritt-ord.no

View alumni sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation

The purpose of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is to advance and support excellence in research as a means of insuring the broad base, independence, and continuity of Finnish scientific work. The fields of particular interest for the Foundation are communications, the communications industry, and futures research. The Foundation also promotes and supports freedom of expression, including research into the history of freedom of expression, and it fosters educational and cultural activities in Finland. Since 2008-9, the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has funded three nine-month (3 term) Fellowships at RISJ as part of its annual provision of several million euros for different projects and special undertakings.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Kati Toivanen (2014-15) Magazine Editor’s Tools – What Constitutes a Good Editing Process?
  • Petri Jauhiainen (2014-15) Cross-media News for a new generation: How to combine broadcast TV and the social media for better news communication
  • Satu Vasantola (2014-15) Do you think it's sex? You are wrong! This is what people share most on social media
  • Kirsi Hakaniemi (2013-14) From a Print House to a Technology Company. How to reinvent a regional newspaper in the digital age?

Applications are made directly to the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

This fellowship is open to employees of the JP Politiken group in Denmark. Recent fellows include James Kristoffer Miles and Camilla Nielsen.

This fellowship is for current employees of the Media24 media group in South Africa.

The BBC has a long running fellowship with the Reuters Institute. All journalists are welcome to apply but must have the right to work in the UK. Recent fellows include Dan Clarke and Ben Tobias.

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter will send a reporter to the Reuters Institute as a Journalist Fellow.  

This fellowship is open to recent graduates of the Columbia Journalism School. Recent graduates include Kadia Tubman and Mozart Pastrano.

Austrian Press Agency Alfred Geiringer Fellowship

The Alfred Geiringer Foundation for the Further Education of Journalists, introduced in 2001 and sponsored by the Austrian Press Agency, aims to encourage the development of high-quality journalism in Austria. It is named in honour of Alfred Geiringer, who was forced to emigrate from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 but returned to Europe in 1946 as Reuters European Editor and played an instrumental role in founding APA as an independent, newspapers-owned co-operative. The Geiringer Fellowship, organised since 2002 jointly by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and APA, gives one highly-qualified journalist, selected annually from Austrian journalists at APA or its owner-media, the opportunity to spend three months (one term) studying at RISJ.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Sonja Gruber (2014-15) News Embargoes - Under threat, but not extinct: How an ancient press tool survives in the modern media world
  • Anna-Maria Wallner (2013-14) The writing is on the paywall - how media companies in small countries can develop the right paid content strategy
  • Christoph Griessner (2012-13)News Agencies and Social Media: A Relationship with a Future?

Applications are made directly to APA.

More information on the Alfred Geiringer Fellowship.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Donald McDonald Scholarship

Since 1999, the ABC has awarded an annual Scholarship to an experienced high-level ABC journalist to join the RISJ programme for three months (one term) via an internal selection process. It was renamed in honour of Donald McDonald AC on the occasion of his retirement in 2006 in recognition of his commitment to excellence in journalism. As ABC Chairman, Mr Donald McDonald AC was instrumental in the establishment of the Scholarship and provided ongoing encouragement and support for the programme and for the Scholars throughout the programme's history.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Lisa Main (2015-16) Bulk Collection: Broken Democracy? Journalism and post-Snowden legislation, Comparative study: Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Kellie Riordan (2014-15) Accuracy, independence, and impartiality: How legacy media and digital natives approach standards in the digital age
  • Kellie Mayo (2012-13) New Pressures on Old Ethics: a question of confidentiality which will examine some of the extraordinary insights provided by the Leveson Inquiry in the UK into the state of the relationship between journalists and politicians

Applications are made directly to ABC.

Fritt Ord Preben Munthe Fellowship

Established in 2013, the Preben Munthe Fellowship for a journalist resident in Norway is sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation. The Preben Munthe Fellow will spend two terms in Oxford where they join a diverse group of journalists from other parts of the world. Successful applicants will conduct research related to the business, economic and/or social development of a country or of its media or cultural issues.

Preben Munthe (1922-2013) was Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo, from 1981 to 2000. He was a professor of Economics at the University of Oslo, chief state mediator, and held a number of directorships in the public sector as well as in business and industry.

Applications are made directly to Fritt Ord. Application deadlines for fellowships beginning in January 2021 close on 16 September.

See more information about Preben Munthe Fellowship. For further information, please contact Hanne Vorland, e-mail: hanne.vorland@fritt-ord.no

View alumni sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Fellowship

The purpose of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is to advance and support excellence in research as a means of insuring the broad base, independence, and continuity of Finnish scientific work. The fields of particular interest for the Foundation are communications, the communications industry, and futures research. The Foundation also promotes and supports freedom of expression, including research into the history of freedom of expression, and it fosters educational and cultural activities in Finland. Since 2008-9, the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has funded three nine-month (3 term) Fellowships at RISJ as part of its annual provision of several million euros for different projects and special undertakings.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Kati Toivanen (2014-15) Magazine Editor’s Tools – What Constitutes a Good Editing Process?
  • Petri Jauhiainen (2014-15) Cross-media News for a new generation: How to combine broadcast TV and the social media for better news communication
  • Satu Vasantola (2014-15) Do you think it's sex? You are wrong! This is what people share most on social media
  • Kirsi Hakaniemi (2013-14) From a Print House to a Technology Company. How to reinvent a regional newspaper in the digital age?

Applications are made directly to the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

JP Politiken Fellowship

This fellowship is open to employees of the JP Politiken group in Denmark. Recent fellows include James Kristoffer Miles and Camilla Nielsen.

Media24 Fellowship

This fellowship is for current employees of the Media24 media group in South Africa.

BBC Fellowship

The BBC has a long running fellowship with the Reuters Institute. All journalists are welcome to apply but must have the right to work in the UK. Recent fellows include Dan Clarke and Ben Tobias.

Dagens Nyheter Fellowship

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter will send a reporter to the Reuters Institute as a Journalist Fellow.  

Columbia Journalism School Fellowship

This fellowship is open to recent graduates of the Columbia Journalism School. Recent graduates include Kadia Tubman and Mozart Pastrano.

Industry-funded Fellowships

If you are planning to fund your own Fellowship or have arranged private funding through your organisation or a sponsor, you may apply at any time. Please email: reuters.institute@politics.ox.ac.uk