Applications Open for 2013/14 Journalism Fellowship Programme at Reuters Institute


The Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowship Programme enables mid-career journalists to improve their knowledge and to study issues important to their professional development in greater depth than is possible under deadline pressure.

About 25 journalists from around the globe study in Oxford each year on Fellowships of either three, six or nine months, covering one, two or all three terms of the academic year.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in any branch of journalism and good spoken and written English. The programme enables visiting journalists from around the world to do research in Oxford for a period of three, six or nine months.

Fellows enjoy an opportunity to critically reflect upon their profession, to research a subject of their choice under the supervision of an academic specialising in that area, and to enjoy the breadth of academic, cultural and social life at the University of Oxford.

The Fellowship is not a degree programme but fellows are expected to write a substantial piece of research of publishable quality.

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 31, 2014.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in any branch of journalism and demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to be able to participate fully in the life of the Programme and write a research paper in English of publishable quality.

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.

Journalist Fellows are expected to submit a substantial research paper of publishable, academic quality of approximately  8,000 to 10,000 words.

Each Fellow is assigned a supervisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the journalists’ chosen subject, to advise them on their research.

Fellows are required to present their research findings in a seminar open to the University.

Journalist Fellows are required to actively engage in and contribute to the events organised specifically for them. These include:

          RISJ Wednesday Seminar

          Media and Politics Seminar

         Trips to news organisations; and

         Social events and visits

Fellows are also invited to participate in the numerous academic and extracurricular activities of the Reuters Institute.

Fellows are given access to the world famous Bodleian Library and other Oxford University facilities and resources.  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.

The University boasts numerous specialist facilities such as regional centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese Studies, which Fellows are encouraged to engage with.

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