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Visiting Journalist Fellowship Program

Fellowships to USA Journalists for Reporting and Research on Economic, Political, and Social Issues

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT


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Fellowships of $8,000 per month to USA journalists for research and reporting on current issues in the social and political arena, including immigration reform, racial tensions, and educational inequalities. Applicants are expected to work with visiting scholars conducting research projects in these areas.

In addition to the cash stipend, fellows are provided with an office at the Foundation, computers and software, library access and limited research assistance. Applicants who reside outside of the greater New York City area may be provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near the foundation, if available.

Journalists most likely to benefit from a stay at the Foundation are (a) those who are beginning a large project for which intensive study of the relevant social science research at RSF would be beneficial, or (b) those who have already completed most of their field research, are ready to place it in context, and need to devote intensive time to writing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174464

Number of Grants:

Space permitting, RSF will select several journalists per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

RSF will pay visiting journalists an honorarium of $8,000 per month for full-time visits of two to three months.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are for a two to three month residency. For residency between Sept-November 2019 or April-June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants should be journalists with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience who write or report on social, economic, or political conditions in the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is May 1, 2019 (2 pm ET/11 am PT).

Decision: Mid-June 2019

**Due to space constraints, Visiting Journalist applications will only be considered for visits in Sept-Nov 2019 or April-June 2020.*

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of journalistic peers. Selected applicants are typically contacted within 45 days of the application deadline; acceptances cannot be deferred.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

James Wilson, Program Director
(212) 750-6000

Russell Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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