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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Application Process


Applications for the 2016-2017 fellowship year should be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Recommendation letters should be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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


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 three 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. Please note that it is not required for the articles submitted to be mental health pieces.

Letters of recommendation (three total):
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 should provide letters of recommendation.

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


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