Applications Open for 2022 Michael Jacobs Travel Chronicle Scholarship


Journalists or writers of all nationalities are invited to apply for the 2022 edition of the Michael Jacobs Travel Chronicle Scholarship, as long as their work addresses travel journalism in Latin America or Spain. The work must be in Spanish or English

The Gabo Foundation and the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, as part of an alliance of more than a decade, took the initiative to organize, as a tribute to the English writer, the Michael Jacobs Chronicle Grant traveler, after the death of Michael Jacobs in 2014.

In its eighth edition, the scholarship aims at encouraging travel reports and will award $ 7,500 for a book project or travel article on Latin America or Spain, to be published in Spanish or English.

To apply, interested journalists and writers should submit the following:
• An autobiography of up to 800 words (in Spanish or English) describing their experience as a travel journalist and their motivation for applying for the scholarship. Resumes or conventional curricula will not be taken into account.
• A detailed presentation of the project (article or book) including project description, work schedule, and planned travel itinerary. The article or book must be written in Spanish or English. The project does not necessarily have to be finished, since the grant seeks to strengthen an ongoing project, but applicants must send at least a fragment of the work since the jury must evaluate the author’s narrative capacity.
• A text published by the author in a printed or digital medium. The candidate must have at least one article or book published at the time of submitting the application.

To register, applicants should click on the fuchsia “Register” button, log in to the new application platform and, for applicants who don’t have an account yet, register with their email, Facebook or Google account. Thereafter, the applicant should fill out the form that shows the platform and attach the required documents mentioned in ‘Requirements to apply’, and click submit.

Only online registrations made through the registration form on the Gabo Foundation website will be accepted and applications are open until Friday, January 7, 2022, at 11:59 pm (Colombian time).

The winner will receive the sum of 7,500 dollars as an incentive to finance the research and writing of his/her article or book. The amount includes the taxes to be paid by the beneficiary and the convening institutions. The scholarship will be awarded as follows: one-third ($ 2,500) when the winner is announced and two-thirds ($ 5,000) when the project is completed and delivered to the publisher for publication. The winner will also be invited to participate as a jury in the next edition of the Michael Jacobs Scholarship for traveling chronicle.

The scholarship is funded by the Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing, a non-profit organization created by Michael’s widow and brother to honor his legacy, and promote travel writing in Spain and Latin America.
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