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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism


Due to some confusion caused by The Carter Center listing April 13 as the deadline last year on its website, we will leave the window open for applications until April 13, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Letters of recommendation are still due April 20, 2016. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.

"Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey."

Mental illnesses constitute some of the most serious, unrecognized, and under-reported health problems in the United States and around the world. As part of an international effort to reduce stigma and discrimination, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism provide stipends to journalists from the United States and Colombia — and previously in Romania, South Africa, and New Zealand — to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.

The goals of the fellowships are to:

  • Increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and decrease incorrect, stereotypical information

  • Help journalists produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of mental health issues through exposure to well-established resources in the field

  • Develop a cadre of better-informed print and electronic journalists who will more accurately report information through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, and online and social media, influencing their peers to do the same.