Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship Calls for Applications


The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is  calling for application to its  2013 Ochberg fellowship in journalism. The fellowship is open to 10 to 15 journalists who are senior and mid-career journalists across all media. Journalist from North America, Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East can apply.

The International fellowship is awarded in emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improves reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.  Interested applicants’ must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities. The Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no fewer than five years’ full-time journalism experience.

Interested applicants must be fluent in English and will have to attend a week long seminar at Columbia University in New York City. The Fellowship covers travel, accommodations and other expenses.

Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship core faculty and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor but attributes which will be considered are whether applicants:

  • Demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath;
  • Have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
  • Will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.
  • Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity, and overall group composition.

The judging committee will review applications and select  the successful 10-15 fellows for 2013. Selected fellows will be notified by phone and email in mid-November, 2013.

For more information on the Fellowship, click on the link.

The deadline for applications is October 11, 2013 and applications are made online.

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence or traumatic events — on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide — is a great challenge. Since 1999 the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has offered the annual Ochberg Fellowships to outstanding journalists interested in exploring these critical issues.