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2004-2005 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Applications Being Accepted


The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
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ATLANTA.... Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Mental Health Program of The Carter Center. Designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses, the fellowships begin in September 2004.

  • The program is open to print and electronic journalists (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking) with a minimum of two years of professional experience.
  • Each fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant and two expense-paid trips to The Carter Center to meet with program staff and advisers.
  • Projects are tailored to the experience and interests of the fellows, who will consult with the program's distinguished Advisory Board and Mental Health Task Force members.
  • Fellows are not required to leave their current employment.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Resume: A list of representative publications; membership in professional organizations; major journalism prizes and/or awards and year awarded.
  • Objectives for Fellowship and Project Description: An informal essay not to exceed 750 words. Describe reasons for applying and how the fellowship could benefit existing work. Clearly outline the proposed project and a plan for carrying it out. Discuss the significance and timeliness of the topic, potential obstacles that may be encountered, and feasibility of the project. Describe the expected audience reach and potential impact. Include how you heard about the program.
  • Samples of Professional Work: Submit up to three examples of your work. At least one of the samples should be in the media form proposed. Printed materials should be in the format in which they were originally published, and electronic news reports should be airchecks. Do not submit an item that cannot be replaced, as materials cannot be returned.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Provide letters from two people familiar with your work, commenting on your abilities and potential as a journalist.
  • Letter of Support: One letter from your organization's publisher, editor, producer, manager, or director, supporting the application. If self-employed, the third letter must come from an individual familiar with your work.

Deadline: Applications for the 2004-2005 fellowships must be postmarked by May 3, 2004, and the fellowships will be announced Friday, July 9, 2004, on our Web site, The application deadline is firm.

Direct all application materials or inquiries to:

Thomas Bornemann, Ed.D.
The Carter Center Mental Health Program
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: 404-420-5165
Fax: 404-420-5158

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