The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the United Kingdom is seeking applications for its Journalism Fellowship Programme for international journalists funded by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Each year about 25 journalists from around the world study in Oxford on fellowships of either three, six or nine months covering one, two or all three terms of the academic year. The journalists are funded to produce an academic paper on topics of their choice at Oxford.
The fellowship programme offers mid-career journalists of high caliber an opportunity to reflect and carry out media-based research. With the fellowship program, participating journalists are enabled to pursue their specialized interests with as much intensity and ease as possible without the pressure of media deadlines.
Fellows are expected to produce a substantial piece of work to an academic standard. They are required to complete an 8,000-10,000 word research paper of publishable quality either as part of the Institute’s research output or independently (for example, as a survey of an important subject, magazine article or part of a book). Fellows may use multimedia in their work and would be expected to present their research findings to the University in an open seminar.
Fellows must possess a minimum of five years full time experience in professional journalism and a high level of spoken and written English.
Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the areas of focus of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Other areas of research can be considered providing these are clearly related to the professional work of applicants and will lead to greater excellence in journalism.
Applications are also considered from journalists able to arrange their own funding.
Requirements of the Journalism Fellowship Programme are basically to conduct academic research and to actively participate in the activities of the Reuters Institute
There are a variety of programmes organized specifically for journalist fellows, these programmes include:
• Business and Practice of Journalism Seminars
• Media and Politics Seminars
• Trips to news organisations; and
• Social events and visit
Journalists are not only welcome to participate in academic activities but also engage in extracurricular activities.
Journalist fellows may be awarded travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation. However, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme will under no circumstances be responsible for the payment of the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents of journalist fellows. Journalists may also arrange their own funding, but they should then approach the Head of Programme in the first instance before making a formal application.
Additional Support and Activities/Opportunities
The world famous Bodleian Library and other Oxford University facilities and resources are open to the fellows for use. They will be granted Visiting Scholar status of Green Templeton College.
Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend university seminars, lectures and classes on all relevant subjects.
Fellows are also encouraged to engage with the numerous specialist facilities such as regional centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese Studies.
No academic credits or qualifications can be obtained through the Fellowship Programme although a certificate is awarded on submission of the Fellows’ Research paper.
For more information on how to apply for a Fellowship, visit www.reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/page/how-apply