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+What is the purpose of the fellowship?

The three goals of the fellowship are:

  • 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 professional journalists who will more accurately report information through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, social media, and other online platforms and influence their peers to do the same.

+Am I eligible to apply for a fellowship?

Applicants must have at least three years of professional journalism experience.

Applicants must submit a full fellowship application and be available to attend all-day meetings at The Carter Center in September at the beginning and end of the fellowship year.

Applicants must be citizens or residents of the United States. 

Please note: we do not accept blogging or academic writing as professional journalism experience.

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 >

+Should I reapply for a fellowship if I did not receive one in the past?

It is the choice of the applicant to reapply. There have been cases when an applicant is awarded a fellowship after several denied submissions. However, being a former applicant does not carry weight in the application review process. 

+When is the deadline for applying?

+Where is the application link?

When the application opens, you can find it here.

+Who is the best person to write my letters of support and/or recommendation?

Each letter should be written by someone familiar with the applicant's professional work and can speak to his/her journalistic abilities. Because the feasibility of a project is weighted heavily, it is ideal to have letters contributed by individuals who have decision-making authority related to the project (such as collaborators, editors, publishers, financial supporters, etc.). Letters from friends or relatives are discouraged.

Get more details on letters of recommendation and letter of support.

Please encourage your recommenders to check their spam/junk email folders to ensure that they do not miss the email regarding their letter.

+How will I know when my application has been received?

The applicant will receive an automatic email from the fellowship program upon submission of the completed application online. A second automatic email will be sent once all three reference letters have been received. If you do not receive these emails, please contact for clarification. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is completed. Applications with missing criteria will not be considered.

+Will I receive feedback on my application if I do not receive a fellowship?

Due to the high volume of interest in the fellowship, program staff are unable to provide individual feedback on applications. Please keep in mind that the applicant should address the following in his/her application: feasibility of completing the project, timeliness of the topic, and the topic's potential impact on reducing stigma.

+Can I mail in my application materials?

No. Materials received via mail will not be considered and cannot be returned.

+How can I submit my video samples that are part of my application?

Please create an account (if you do not have one already) and upload your videos to Vimeo, YouTube, or another video platform. Create a PDF with the links to your videos. Upload the PDF to the application. For your reference: Instructions on uploading your video to YouTube.

+Where can I find samples of previous fellowship projects?

The fellowship program has compiled a database of projects completed by Rosalynn Carter Fellows during their fellowship years and any applicable mental health reporting in the years following. Visit the Rosalynn Carter Fellows’ project database >

+Where can I find out about the fellowship programs in Romania, South Africa, and/or New Zealand?


In 2013-2014, The Carter Center and the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest awarded the final two fellows in the collaborative program.

For more information about future opportunities in Romania, please contact:

Ioana Avadani
Executive Director
Center for Independent Journalism
Str. Bibescu Voda nr. 18, Apt 4
Interfor 4, Sector 4
Bucuresti, Romania

South Africa

In 2011, the South African Fellowship Program was created to sustain the work of the Rosalynn Carter fellowship program in South Africa without The Carter Center. The South African fellowships are now administered through the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

For more information about the South African Fellowships Program, please contact:

Marion Scher
Freelance Journalist
2005-2006 Rosalynn Carter Fellow
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel:  +27 82 467 6046

New Zealand

In 2006, the New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants program was established to sustain the work of the Rosalynn Carter fellowship program in New Zealand without The Carter Center. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and the national anti-stigma campaign, "Like Minds, Like Mine," are co-creators and supporters of the new program.

New Zealander applicants should visit the Mental Health Media Grants website to apply.

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Journalism Fellow Profile

Bobbie O'Brien
Bobbie O'Brien
2010-2011 Fellow
Reporter, WUSF Broadcasting
Tampa, Fla.

"My reporting and my life changed forever because of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and the people I met during my fellowship year.

The fellowship allowed me access — I witnessed as veterans helped veterans deal with PTSD. I watched as military wives supported each other while their husbands were deployed, and I became a conduit for military moms looking for support.

At the official end of my fellowship, I realized I had only just begun. I continue to cover military mental health issues and will do so for as long as I am a reporter."

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