Reuters Institute Accepting Entries for Journalism Fellowships

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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication and Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication and Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is seeking applications from journalists from around the world for its Journalist Fellowship programme, which will begin in October 2020 or January 2021 and last three or six months.

The Institute offers a number of fully-funded Journalism Fellowships each year aimed at practising journalists from all over the world, to enable them to research a topic of their choice, related to their work and the broader media industry, before returning to newsrooms.

The Fellowships offer an opportunity to network with a global group of journalists, spend time away from the daily pressure of deadlines, and examine the key issues facing the industry, with input from leading experts and practitioners.

The fellowship allows applicants to undertake research into any key area affecting journalism. Applicants will benefit from the extensive learning facilities offered by the University of Oxford, including the world-famous Bodleian Library, and access to various seminars and lectures across the university.

Applicants should submit the following documents and information using Reuters’ online application form: http://forms.reutersinstitute.co.uk/s3/Journalism-Fellowship-Programme-Application-Form.

  • A full curriculum vitae/resume
  • A personal statement outlining: i) applicant’s journalistic values, ii) the major trends in the media landscape in which the applicant works, and iii) a summary of what the applicant thinks he/she would contribute to the Fellowship programme (no more than 500 words in total).
  • A statement of up to 1,000 words explaining the applicant’s proposed research project
  • A reference from applicant’s employer, supporting his/her application and granting leave of absence – if an applicant is a freelance journalist, Reuters will accept a professional reference from a colleague or higher education tutor
  • A second professional reference (e.g. former employer)
  • A sample of applicant’s work
  • Evidence that applicant has the required English language ability, if English is not his/her first language (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by the responsible body)

Specifically, print journalists applying for the Fellowship need to provide three articles or reports, including dates and names of the publications, a translation into English must accompany material published in other languages. Applicants in managerial or editorial positions for whom it would be difficult to send work samples should include a statement of up to 500 words describing their work.

For broadcast journalists, they are expected to provide: a link/URL to an example of their work via Vimeo or YouTube (maximum 10 minutes), plus a brief, written description of the material, a summary or transcription in English must accompany material in other languages. Applicants in managerial or editorial positions for whom it would be difficult to send work samples should include a statement of up to 500 words describing their works, including details of any major programmes for which they have been responsible.

Applications for the Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowships Programme close on January 30, 2020.

For further information please visit: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/fellowships/journalism-fellowship.