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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism

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Eligibility and Application Requirements

Eligible applicants for a fellowship must:

  • Have at least three years of experience in print or electronic journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking)
  • Submit a complete application, including letters of recommendation
  • Awarded fellows must attend orientation and presentation meetings in September, at the beginning and end of the fellowship year
  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States or Colombia. (View application procedures for international applicants.)


Application Materials

To complete the online application, be prepared to provide the following:

Resume: A list of representative publications, membership in professional organizations, major journalism prizes and/or awards and year awarded.

Objectives for Fellowship and Project Description: In an informal essay, not to exceed 1000 words:

  • Describe reasons for applying and how this fellowship could benefit the applicant's body of work
  • Clearly outline the proposed project and a plan for carrying it out
  • Discuss the significance and timeliness of the topic, and explain the feasibility of the project
  • Detail the potential impact the chosen topic and overall fellowship may have on reducing the stigma of mental illnesses

Samples of Professional Work: Submit up to three examples of your work. At least one of the samples should be in the media form proposed. Articles should be in original format published or scans of originals. Do not submit an item that cannot be replaced. Materials cannot be returned.

Names, titles, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of two people familiar with your work who can comment on your abilities and potential as a journalist and can provide letters of recommendation.

Name, title, e-mail address and phone number of your organization's publisher, editor, producer, manager or director, who can support your application. If self-employed, this letter must come from an individual familiar with your work.



Applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year should be submitted no later than Monday,
April 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Recommendation letters should be submitted no later than Monday, April 28, 2014,
11:59 p.m. EDT.

If you have any questions about the application process, please e-mail


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Nicolae Ciorogan
2009-2010 Fellows
WHDH-TV (NBC) Boston
Arlington, Mass.

Looking back, Nicolae Ciorogan, 38, might tell you that his life has been a journey to learn about many different kinds of people — as a child growing up in Transylvania, Romania, a bartender on a cruise ship, and as a television photojournalist in Boston. More >>

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