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The window for submitting applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship year will be open soon (view deadlines). If you have any questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @carterfellows.
Eligibility and Application Requirements
Eligible applicants for a fellowship must:
1. Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States (you do not need to relocate). Please note: One is eligible to apply as a citizen or legal resident of Colombia, Qatar, or United Arab Emirates, but the application process is different. View application procedures for international applicants >
2. Have at least three years of professional experience in journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, and filmmaking). We welcome freelance & media outlet employed journalists. Please note: We do not accept blogging or academic writing as professional journalism experience.
3. Must have an interest in mental health reporting, but no previous experience is required.
4. Submit a complete application with letters of recommendation (see more details below).
5. Awarded fellows must attend a mandatory meeting in September at the beginning and end of the fellowship year.
- September 11-13, 2017
- 2018 meeting to be announced upon receipt of fellowship
1. General information that includes:
- Contact information, website information if applicable, employment information, media type experience, years of journalism experience, proposed topic title, summary of project, previous fellowships/awards, and how you heard about this fellowship
2. Resume that includes:
- A list of representative publications
- Membership in professional organizations
- Major journalism prizes and/or awards and year awarded
3. Objectives for fellowship and project description:
- Informal essay (1000 words maximum)
- Describe reasons for applying and how this fellowship could benefit and support applicant's body of work
- Clearly outline the proposed project and a plan for completion including the applicant's potential project timeline
- Discuss the significance and timeliness of the topic and explain the feasibility of completing the project
- Detail the potential impact the applicant's project and fellowship may have on the reduction of stigma surrounding mental illnesses
4. Samples of professional work:
- Submit a total of three samples of your work (at least one of the samples should be in the media form proposed for your project)
- Articles, if possible, should be in the original format they were published (e.g., digital scans of originals; direct link to the article). Please do not submit an item that cannot be replaced – mailed materials cannot be returned and are not encouraged
- It is not required that submitted pieces be related to mental health. We suggest submitting your highest quality work
5. Letters of recommendation:
- The application form will request: Name, title, email address, and phone number of two people who are familiar with your work and can comment on your abilities and potential as a journalist
- Two letters submitted by the above individuals
6. Letter of support from publication:
- IF YOU WORK AT AN ESTABLISHED MEDIA OUTLET:
- The application form will request: Name, title, email address, and phone number of your organization's publisher / editor / manager / producer who can write a letter of support for your application
- One letter submitted by the above individual
- This individual does not have to promise publication of your project, but rather they must state that they are aware of your application and that they support it
- IF YOU ARE SELF-EMPLOYED/ INDEPENDENT/ FREELANCE:
- You must submit details and a third letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work. Please follow the instructions indicated for letters of recommendation (#5)