SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY MAKERS (fellowship, September 20) by Bear Guerra

Via Brave New Films:

“The Brave New Fellows Program offers activist storytellers from communities of color and/or economically marginalized communities a one year, paid opportunity to work with Brave New Films and learn how to create and distribute media that makes a difference. By working alongside experienced staff from our production, distribution or outreach team, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media. The fellowship equips activists to use film to support their social justice work, and prepares them for jobs in nonprofits, alternative media, and documentary filmmaking.

To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows meet and network with film directors, activists, leaders of organizations, journalists, politicians and organizers,  and they receive training in camera operation, database management, communication, and more. Fellows are also matched up with mentors outside of BNF, already working in the fellow’s field of interest.

As compensation, each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and PTO (paid time off).  Fellows work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office.”

DEADLINE: September 20


EMERGING WRITERS (fellowship/workshop, November 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Fishtrap:
”Giving young and emerging writers the opportunity to be inspired by a community of artists is at the heart of our Summer Fishtrap Scholarship and Fellowship programs. Each year, Fishtrap awards over $25,000 in scholarships and fellowships to writers from around the west to give them the opportunity to come to this amazing place and learn and grow in their craft.

Fishtrap Fellowships recognize and encourage writers who show promise at an early stage in their career. The primary benefit of this award is an opportunity to attend the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering. Each Fishtrap Fellow receives early workshop registration and a featured reading during the week. Fellows are also highlighted in Fishtrap promotional materials, press releases, and on the Fishtrap website.

A Fishtrap Fellowship covers the cost of the seven-day conference including a five-day writing workshop, readings, activities, panel discussions, and special events. Fishtrap Fellows receive meals and lodging for the week, and a $150 travel stipend. A Fishtrap Fellowship is valued at more than $1200, but more than that, it is an opportunity for emerging writers to build new friendships and a renewed sense of creative potential in an atmosphere of mentorship and community.”

DEADLINE: November 15.


ASPIRING PODCASTERS (fellowship, September 16) by Bear Guerra

Via Maximum Fun:

Maximum Fun, is hiring another production fellow for 2019/2020. This is a full-time, entry-level position with health care, sick and personal time and more. We're looking for people who are getting started in podcasting / radio production: recent graduates, mid-career transitions, that sort of thing.

There's much more info about the position in the link below. Please feel free to cross post and share this with anyone you think might be a good fit for the job.”

DEADLINE: September 16.



ASPIRING MAGAZINE JOURNALISTS (fellowships, October 4 and November 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Texas Tribune:

“The Texas Tribune — a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization — offers paid fellowships to college students. The positions are part time in the spring and fall, and full time in the summer. They are based in our Austin newsroom, except for the Washington, D.C., reporting fellowship.

Recent graduates are eligible for the summer program, but spring and fall fellows must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students while they work at the Tribune. You may apply for more than one position.”

DEADLINE: October 4 & November 15.


COLLEGE JOURNALISTS OF COLOR (fellowship, September 8) by Bear Guerra

Via ProPublica:

“The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office, for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations.

The Emerging Reporters Program is specifically designed for those who might find investigative journalism inaccessible. All students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year are eligible to apply, and African Americans, Latinos and other people of color are especially encouraged to do so. Participants are expected to take a full course load during the 2019-20 school year. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The purpose of the stipends is to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach.”

DEADLINE: September 8.




Via Human Rights Watch:

“HRW presents the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. Fellows will work with HRW in New York or Washington monitoring human rights developments worldwide, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports, media outreach and more.

The yearlong fellowships begin September 2020 and offer a US$60,000 salary with benefits.

Ideal candidates possess a strong background in human rights with an intent to pursue a career in the field. Requirements include research and field experience, analytic skills and English fluency. Proficiency in a second language is a plus.

DEADLINE: October 11.



SOCIAL JUSTICE PHOTOGRAPHERS (fellowship, October 15) by Bear Guerra


Via Magnum Foundation:

“Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program expands diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building and critical explorations of photography and social change.

Each year, the program supports a diverse, international group of Photography and Social Justice Fellows who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. With New York City as a cultural resource, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice. During the program, Fellows work on projects with support from Magnum Foundation mentors.

Magnum Foundation covers the cost of travel and room and board for the sessions in New York City. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects. The program is produced in partnership with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.”

DEADLINE: October 15.


AUDIO PRODUCERS WITH INVESTIGATIVE CHOPS (fellowship, August 23) by Bear Guerra

Via Mother Jones:

Mother Jones is looking for a whip-smart fellow to join our digital publishing team in New York City. This fellowship is audio-intensive. We’ll immerse you in the process of turning our award-winning investigative journalism into richly textured, entertaining, and informative podcasts.

Working closely with the digital news team on every aspect of podcast creation, you will sharpen your skills in:

  • Finding and booking surprising guests, and being a cheerful ambassador for our shows;

  • Presenting thorough research and working with editors to shape scripted interviews;

  • Recording field and studio audio, and tracking down archives, news clips, and music;

  • Setting up tape syncs and other remote records;

  • Editing a variety of complex audio timelines, including mixing interviews, clips, and music;

  • Writing program materials, social media posts, and short articles for our website;

  • Keeping show calendars current and producers on task.

At the heart of this fellowship is learning from seasoned editors and producers how to make sharply focused digital content, backed by skill-building sessions covering topics that span the entire organization.”

DEADLINE: August 23.




Via International Center for Journalists:

“ICFJ will offer fellowships for two journalists from Latin America to improve their digital skills in environmental issues and their effects on society.

The 2019 Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship will take place Oct. 7 to 19. Fellows will meet with area investigative journalists, environmental experts, and participate in short embeds with media outlets specializing in environmental coverage.

The selected journalists will conduct reporting based on a specific project or objective that they have proposed in their application

Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and proficient in English and work at a news organization or as a freelance journalist based in the region.”

DEADLINE: August 28.



JOURNALISTS COVERING ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS (fellowship, August 22) by Bear Guerra

Via New Economy Coalition:

“NEC is pleased to announce the third year of its New Economies Reporting Project fellowship. Starting in October 2019, 10 - 15 reporting fellows will receive training in solutions-based reporting on the economy. Applications are now open!

From the Green New Deal to Medicare For All to Universal Basic Income, the latest wave of progressive proposals each aim to solve significant problems through re-envisioning our economy. Even as popular support grows for more radical change, these big ideas for social programs often are defeated in the public arena because of a single, powerful question: how are we going to pay for it?

This year, the New Economies Reporting Project will support journalists who want to tackle this question head-on. Over the course of eight months, New Economies Reporting fellows will meet monthly and receive personalized briefings from grassroots experts on different topics related to the theme of financial solutions. All fellows will receive travel grants to attend Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, a conference of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives in Baltimore, October 17 - 20. At the conference, fellows will meet each other and receive a full-day of training on how to report from a solutions-perspective from experts in solutions journalism. Fellows will also receive a $1,000 stipend to honor their time in the program.”

DEADLINE: August 22.



Via The Institute for Southern Studies:

“The Julian Bond Fellowship program is a new initiative to promote emerging voices in Southern media and support early-career journalists and researchers seeking innovative approaches to promoting equity and democracy in the South.

The Julian Bond Fellowship is a nine-month, full-time residential position for public interest journalists or researchers based at the Institute’s offices in Durham, North Carolina. Fellows will be provided office space, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and additional resources for training, conferences and research expenses.

During their time at the Institute, fellows will write regularly for the Institute’s online magazine, Facing South. Fellows will also have the opportunity to conduct and publish in-depth writing and research projects, such as investigative stories or policy reports, in areas of mutual interest to the Fellow and the Institute. Fellows will join the Institute’s dynamic, multi-racial team of journalists, researchers and nonprofit leaders, and have the opportunity to engage with the Institute’s network of change-makers across the South and country.”

DEADLINE: August 19.



COLLEGE JOURNALISTS OF COLOR (fellowships, September 8) by Bear Guerra

Via ProPublica:

“The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office, for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Check out our previous fellows, and apply here.

Why does ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program exist?

People of color are underrepresented in our nation’s newsrooms. A survey by the American Society of News Editors suggests that people of color make up just a quarter of U.S. newsrooms — and that itself is only among newsrooms that chose to respond to the survey. Often, those numbers are even smaller in newsrooms focused on investigative reporting.

ProPublica has a vested interest in developing more minority journalists. Our mission is to shine a light on abuses of power, producing stories of moral force that provoke change. There are currently few reporters of color who specialize in investigations. Without their voices and points of view, there is every reason to believe that important stories are being overlooked. We believe the best way to bring about meaningful change is to take a holistic approach, tackling the obstacles to entering careers in journalism — especially investigative journalism. These include financial barriers and limited access to early-career opportunities. That is what this program aims to address.”

DEADLINE: September 8.




Via McKnight Foundation:

“Social practice includes art forms that directly engage people in a place to create experiences that define culture and provoke social transformation. Pillsbury House Theatre will be the new administrative partner for the McKnight Fellowships for Community-Engaged Practice Artists. Pillsbury House Theatre was founded in 1992 as one of the settlement house sites under the umbrella of Pillsbury United Communities. The theater began as a professional arts institution committed to the settlement house tradition of creating art in collaboration with community. Pillsbury House Theatre will administer two fellowships of $25,000 each in unrestricted funds for midcareer community-engaged practice artists living and working in Minnesota each year. In addition to the cash award, community-engaged practice fellows will receive individualized consultative support for professional and project development leveraging the resources and networks of the theater and participate in public dialogues with prominent national social practitioners. They will also have access to funds for the initiation of new projects.

McKnight Artist Fellowships increase the exploratory opportunity, economic stability, and productive capacity of artists by providing unrestricted cash awards and artistic and professional development opportunities for midcareer artists in Minnesota. The McKnight Foundation now works with 12 discipline-specific arts partners to administer its artist fellowships, fueling exceptional and diverse artistic practice in Minnesota.”




Via Asian American Writers’ Workshop:

“The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2020 Margins Fellowship. Four emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. We see this as a chance to support writers from Asian diasporic, Arab, West Asian, and North and East African communities and Muslim writers of color more broadly. If you are a writer of color who identifies with these communities, please discuss this in your application.”

DEADLINE: September 9.




Via National Association of Black Journalists:

“The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is accepting applications for the Ethel Payne Fellowship after a 10-year hiatus. The U$5,000 travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa. Proposals should tell the untold and dynamic stories of Africa and African people, beyond the common storylines of HIV/AIDS, famine and war.

The travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. The fellowship is named for the first female, African-American commentator employed by a U.S. network when CBS hired her in 1972. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” Payne, a Chicago native, was a lecturer and columnist whose eloquent advocacy while reporting on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s gained her national fame.”

DEADLINE: August 2.


UNDERREPRESENTED EMERGING AUTHORS (fellowship, August 2) by Bear Guerra

Via PEN America:

“The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (EV) is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. 

While Emerging Voices encourages applications from writers living all over the country, this rigorous fellowship is based in Los Angeles. Weekly meetings combine with an intense reading and writing schedule. If you are not a resident of Los Angeles, and you are awarded the fellowship you will need to relocate for the seven month period, from January to July of 2020. Housing is not provided.”



Via New York Public Library:

“The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Visual artists at work on a book project are also welcome to apply. The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.”

DEADLINE: September 27



Via Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship:

“The Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship is an annual $20,000 cash fellowship, awarded to an Australian resident who seeks to create an innovative audio storytelling project. This fellowship will provide a a career-defining opportunity for a mid-tier practitioner to accelerate their career.

The fellowship has been established in honour our friend and colleague Jesse Cox. It will continue Jesse’s determination to strengthen and build the Australian audio community, to push audio storytelling in form and produce work that can be shared with a public audience, and amplify underrepresented voices.”

DEADLINE: July 30.


EMERGING OR ESTABLISHED BOOK WRITERS (fellowship, November 1) by Bear Guerra

Via Black Mountain Institute:

“Poets, novelists, culture critics, writers of all genres: This fellowship is for you. Work on a project for a semester in Las Vegas, receive $20,000, free housing, and benefits.

For emerging and distinguished writers who have at least one book published by a trade or literary press, this fellowship includes: 

  • a semester-long letter of appointment

  • a stipend of $20,000 paid over a four-month period

  • eligibility for health coverage

  • office space in the BMI offices on the campus of UNLV

  • free housing (fellows cover some utilities) in a unique and vibrant arts complex in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas—home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s beloved independent bookstore. 

  • Recognition in BMI’s literature, and on The Believer’s masthead, as a “Shearing Fellow.”

While there are no formal teaching requirements, this is a “working fellowship.” BMI's visiting fellows will maintain a regular in-office presence, around 10 hours a week, along with 10 hours of service to the community. In addition to the primary goal of furthering one’s own writing during their term in Las Vegas, visiting fellows are expected to engage in a substantial way with BMI’s community, in a way custom-scoped based on their skills and personal interest. Upon acceptance into the program, each fellow will craft a work plan in partnership with BMI’s program manager that is meaningful to all involved parties.”

DEADLINE: November 1.



FACTCHECKERS IN THE U.S. (fellowship, July 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Poynter:

“Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network is offering two $2,500 fact-checking fellowships to allow fact-checkers to embed in a news organization in another country to learn fact-checking best practices.

The fellowships are aimed at fact-checkers seeking to spend time embedded at a fact-checking organization in another country in order to be exposed to best practices they can adopt.

These are entirely self-organized fellowships: Applicants must specify the organization they want to visit, pitch a detailed plan including the duration and what they seek to learn from the experience. They ought to spend at least one week with the partner organization.

In order to qualify, applicants must hail from a fact-checking organization with a public working method, transparent funding sources, and a commitment to nonpartisanship. Freelancers with significant experience of fact-checking work (evidence of published work will be required) can also apply.

There is significant flexibility in the acceptable proposals. For example, the funding available through the fellowship can cover several people’s flights, or one month’s accommodation for one person. The key aspect is the transfer of organizational knowledge from one fact-checking group to another.

Though the preference is to award two fellowships worth $2,500 each, exceptional projects for which a higher budget is indispensable can apply for $5,000 and be considered.”

DEADLINE: July 15.