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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. Possess an interest in mental health reporting (no previous experience is required).

4. Submit a complete application with letters of recommendation (see more details below).

5. Attend a mandatory meeting in September at the beginning and end of the fellowship year.

Application Materials

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:

    • 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
    • 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)
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