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Topic: Mid-career journalists
Fellowships & Grants

Ocean Reporting Network

Pulitzer Center

"Applications are now open to join the second cohort of the Ocean Reporting Network (ORN), a fellowship program that gives professional journalists the opportunity to spend a whole year working on an in-depth or investigative ocean story. "We welcome ambitious proposals on the main ocean threats of climate change; over- and illegal fishing; biodiversity loss and pollution; and the species, ecosystems, and communities that are being impacted. But we also strongly encourage proposals on underreported topics that also deserve attention." Fellows will receive funding for their reporting, training opportunities, access to data and documents, options to collaborate with other fellows, and more. The deadline for the 2024-2025 fellowship is May 26, 2024.

Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award


The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award recognizes the accomplishments of a mid-career science journalist with a career prize and a grant of at least $20,000 to enable the winner to undertake a significant reporting project. It recognizes and supports reporting and writing that embodies the high standards embodied by Sharon Begley (1956–2021), a science journalist of unflinching dedication, skill, moral clarity, and commitment to mentoring. For 2024, the entry period is January 1 to May 15, 2024, and the winner will be announced in late summer. Candidates must be experienced journalists who have compiled a substantial body of work in science journalism, defined as print, audio, video, and online reporting on science, health/medicine, environment, mathematics, and technology.
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FRONTIERS Science Journalism Residency Program

European Research Council

"FRONTIERS, an initiative funded by the European Research Council, invites applications from science journalists worldwide for immersive residencies at European research institutions. These residencies, spanning 3 to 5 months, offer unparalleled opportunities to delve into frontier research across diverse disciplines, including social sciences and humanities." The program will support four annual calls for applications between 2023 and 2026, supporting up to 40 fellowships. The 2025 application deadline is September 25, 2024.

2024 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Metcalf Institue, University of Rhode Island

"Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is for full-time journalists working in any medium who want learn more about research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and justice. It’s designed to bolster your understanding of the methods, norms, and culture of science, with hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to develop relationships with scientific experts and with your other fellows! We welcome journalists of all beats, such as arts & culture, business, technology, policy, and politics, as climate change shapes all of these fields with ever-increasing urgency." The 2024 workshop will have a special focus on water issues and climate change. It will take place in person at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. on June 3-8, and applications are due by February 12, 2024.
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Fellowship for advancing science journalism in Africa and the Middle East

Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT

"This new one-semester fellowship, hosted by the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, was inspired by the life and career of Egyptian science journalist Mohammed Yahia. The fellowship is designed to enrich the training of a journalist from Africa or the Middle East so they can contribute to a culture of high-quality science and health journalism in those regions, as well as raising awareness of regional advances in the rest of the world." Journalists based in Africa and the Middle East with at least three years' of experience reporting on science, health, or environmental issues in this region are eligible to apply. The fellowship includes a $40,000 stipend, health insurance, and other benefits. Applications are open between February 1 and March 1, 2024.
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Complex Systems Summer School Journalism Fellowship

Santa Fe Institute

"Santa Fe Institute (SFI) offers a journalism fellowship for accomplished reporters. National and international journalists with a demonstrated interest in and record of reporting about matters related to complex systems are encouraged to apply for this residential fellowship in Santa Fe, New Mexico." Fellows participate in SFI's Complex Systems Summer School, a five-week program with scientists collaborating across disciplines. The program includes a stipend of $6,250, housing for the program, and travel reimbursement. Journalists with at least seven years of reporting experience are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply for the 2024 program is March 3.
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Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowships

Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri

"The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on practical innovative projects for community centered news, journalists, and the communities they serve." Over the course of an eight-month fellowship, fellows build free, accessible, open-source projects to serve newsrooms and audiences. The program supports one full-time residential fellow (an individual who will work on-site in Columbia, Missouri) and remote part-time fellows. The 2024 program will start on July 1, 2024, with applications closing on February 4.
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John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University

Stanford University

"Each year, we bring together up to 20 fellows from around the world to spend 10 months at Stanford University working on solutions to the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help reimagine and transform journalism, apply to our program." For the 2024-25 cohort, applications are due for international applicants on Dec. 6, 2023 and for U.S. applicants on Jan. 24, 2023.
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Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism

Columbia University

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship offers experienced journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding of business and economics, finance and technology. Fellows spend two semesters at Columbia Journalism School and take most of their classes at Columbia Business School. They meet weekly for off-the-record seminars and dinners with top journalists, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders. The program accepts up to 10 fellows each year. Applications are due in January.
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Nieman Foundation Fellowships at Harvard

Harvard University

Each year, the Nieman Foundation awards paid fellowships to up to 24 journalists working in print, broadcast, digital, and audiovisual media. 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. During their time at Harvard, Nieman Fellows attend seminars, shop talks, master classes, and journalism conferences designed to strengthen their professional skills and leadership capabilities, thereby helping to fortify the news industry itself. With the knowledge they gain on campus and the relationships they build, fellows often return to work as journalism entrepreneurs, industry innovators, and top managers in their newsrooms.
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Knight-Wallace Fellowships at University of Michigan

University of Michigan

"Knight-Wallace Fellowships offer accomplished journalists two rare commodities: time and resources. Journalists eager for growth and deeply committed to the future of journalism spend an academic year at The University of Michigan to access the resources of a world-class university and dive into a journalism project. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, sharpening professional skills, addressing a challenge facing your newsroom, digging into data and research for a long-term reporting project or developing a journalism venture. "We select up to 20 Fellows from all facets of journalism who are ready to take the next career step and join us in Ann Arbor for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
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Journalist in Residence — Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)

"Once a year, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) offers creative professionals the opportunity to intensively engage with scientists at the Institute, to gain inspiring insights into cutting-edge research, and to work on their own exciting projects. During a three-month residency at the Institute, all doors on campus are open to our guests. They get the unique opportunity to work closely with our research groups, exchange ideas and are able to participate in all Institute events." ISTA's residencies include one Journalist in Residence and one Artist in Residence. The Journalist is invited to closely accompany two research groups at ISTA while pursuing an independent project. Applications for the 2024 residencies were due on November 11, 2023.
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Western Journalism and Media Fellowships — Bill Lane Center for the American West

Stanford University

"The Bill Lane Center for the American West has been supporting journalism about the West and its environment for a decade or more. Our Western Journalism and Media Fellowships provide opportunities for journalists working in all kinds of media — newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online, multimedia, video, film, data visualization and mapping, and books. The fellowship enables journalists to: interact with Stanford researchers, scholars, and students; develop or work on a project of their own design; and spur new coverage and understanding of the American West." Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend for three months' work.
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AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance


"Through the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, you can pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system at the local, regional and/or national level. This fellowship allows mid-career journalists to maintain their regular employment while working on a major project over a 12-month calendar year. You’ll pursue the projects with the support of your newsrooms or arranged outlets, which commit to publish or air the work. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and the annual AHCJ conference, as well as a $4,000 project allowance to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, you will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project." The application deadline for 2023 is 5 p.m. ET on October 13.
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Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program


"The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is designed to bring journalists, scholars, politicians and policymakers to the Shorenstein Center for a semester to work on a project with a tangible output, and engage with students, faculty, other fellows, and the broader Harvard Kennedy School community." Journalists, politicians, scholars, policymakers, and documentary filmmakers are all eligible to apply for this fellowship. The program includes a stipend along with access to Harvard research resources. Applications are currently open for the 2024-2025 academic year.

NASW mid-career mentoring videos


"In the spring of 2022, NASW’s Journalism Committee offered a Mid-Career Mentoring Program. Real-time participants attended online seminars and participated in a Slack group over the course of several months. Recordings of the seminars, which feature writers and journalists sharing expertise on topics such as negotiations and contracts, mid-career resumes, career shifts, and more, are now available below for all NASW members to learn and grow from." Note that the recordings are restricted to NASW members; you must be logged into the NASW website to view.
Resource Database / Guide

PerCientEx Project – Excellence and innovation in science journalism in Latin America

PerCientEx Project

[Translated from Spanish] "The 'PerCientEx Observatory' of scientific journalism is a research project that collects and disseminates examples of quality journalism in Spanish, published in digital written press or digital versions of print media, in the Ibero-American sphere. In our database you will find innovative and high-quality articles on science, technology, health and the environment."

CASW Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting


"CASW established the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2000. Given annually, the prize seeks to honor a writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the last five years which, for reasons of uncommon clarity, accuracy, breadth of coverage, enterprise, originality, insight and narrative power, has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well-being." The honoree receives an award of $3,000, presented at the NASW/CASW ScienceWriters conference in October.

European Science Journalist of the Year Award

European Federation for Science Journalism

"The European Science Journalist of the Year Award recognizes and promotes excellence and innovation in science journalism around Europe." Applicants typically apply early in the year, and winners are announced during the European Conference of Science Journalism or at the annual meeting of the European Federation for Science Journalism. Journalists working in European countries or whose work has been published in European media are eligible.
Fellowships & Grants

Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism

University of Colorado Boulder

"Are you a journalist ready to take your career to the next level? Come spend a year at the University of Colorado as a Ted Scripps Fellow. You’ll deepen your understanding of environmental issues, hone your craft, and enjoy a break from deadlines while living at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. As a fellow, you’ll audit classes and pursue an independent project of your own design. You’ll also attend weekly seminars and participate in field trips to learn what’s new in the realm of environmental science and policy. Fellows receive a stipend of $80,000 and will travel (expenses paid) to the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference." Applications are due March 1.
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The Alicia Patterson Foundation Program

Alicia Patterson Foundation

"The Alicia Patterson Foundation Program was established in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly 23 years before her death in 1963. One-year and six-month grants are awarded to working journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and to write articles based on their investigations for The APF Reporter, a web published magazine by the Foundation and available on the web." The Cissy Patterson Fellowship for Science and Environmental Writers is awarded to a fellow specializing in either science or environmental journalism. The fellowships provide $40,000 for full-year grants and $20,000 for six-month grants. Applications open in June and close in November; applicants must be print journalists with at least five years of professional experience.
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Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT


"Every year, the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT offers academic-year fellowships to 10 science journalists, to give them an opportunity to explore science, technology, and the craft of journalism; to concentrate on a specialty in science; and to learn at some of the top research universities in the world." Applications typically occur in the fall, then fellows spend the next academic year (fall-spring) in Cambridge studying at MIT and other Boston-area universities while pursuing an independent research project. The fellowship comes with a stipend of $75,000.