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Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

  • Fellows pose, displaying their certificates.

    2022-2023 Rosalynn Carter Fellows assemble at The Carter Center during the annual fellowship meeting after receiving their fellowship certificates in September 2023.

"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."-Rosalynn Carter

About the Fellowships

The Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism support a diverse cohort of journalists from the United States, Ireland, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Fellows are deeply committed to exploring some of society’s biggest mental health challenges.

The mental health journalism fellowships program was founded in 1996 by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter based on an essential premise: to give journalists the resources they need to report on mental health — one of the world’s most underreported health issues — and help dismantle through storytelling the stigma and discrimination that millions of people face every day.

Over the past three decades, more than 250 journalists from New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Latin America and currently participating countries have been awarded the highly competitive fellowships. Today, our fellows work within their newsrooms and beyond to report on mental health challenges and transform their communities in the process.

Our Goals

1. Increase effective and accurate reporting on behavioral health issues

2. Equip journalists with the tools needed to produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of behavioral health

3. Develop a diverse cohort of better-informed journalists who can more effectively report on behavioral health across evolving and emerging platforms

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Dates & Deadlines

Application opens: Wednesday Jan. 31, 2024, at noon

Application deadline: Friday April 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET

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