Ochberg Fellowship Available for Senior, Mid-career Journalists


The Dart Center’s Ochberg Fellowship is receiving applications from 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.

Selected Fellows will attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars and discussions held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities vary and include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and a host of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

The 2013 Dart Center Ochberg Fellows
The 2013 Dart Center Ochberg Fellows

The Fellowship is led by a core faculty of prominent journalists and mental health professionals associated with the Dart Center, along with a wide range of visiting faculty.

To be eligible, applicants must be senior or mid-career journalists (with up to five years’ experience) working across all media. It is open to journalists from all regions of the world, to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no less than five years’ full-time journalism experience.

The Fellowship is open to journalists irrespective of the size or coverage of their mediums but applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities.Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program as all fellowship seminars are conducted in English.

All application materials must be submitted by October 1, 2014 at 11:59pm E.S.T. The Fellowship program will be held from January, 17 to 22, 2015 at Columbia University in New York City.Selection criteria are based on a number of factors including considerations as to whether applicants: demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath; have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership; and 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 selection committee will review all applications and select 12 fellows who will be notified by email in early-November.

The Ochberg Fellowship covers air or train travel, accommodations in New York City, most meals and other expenses directly related to program participation. The program however does not cover costs related to travel visas, health insurance or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship was established in 1999 by the Dart Center in partnership with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. It is named in honor of psychiatrist Frank Ochberg, M.D., a pioneer in trauma study.

Full details and application can be obtained from http://dartcenter.org/content/2014-ochberg-fellowship-guidelines#.U8ezv5VOXIW