Applications for the 2014 World Press Institute (WPI) Fellowship Program for journalists are now open. The 2014 fellowship will begin in mid-August, 2014 and end in mid-October, 2014.
The WPI fellowship is offered to 10 journalists from countries around the world. It provides immersion into the governance, politics, business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States for experienced international journalists, through a demanding schedule of study, travel and interviews throughout the country.
Fellows will spend three weeks in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and then travel to several U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., for briefings, interviews and visits. They will returned to Minnesota for the final week of the program.
WPI pays all program costs, including transportation to the U.S. and back, all transportation within the U.S. related to the WPI program, and all lodging costs. In addition, a modest daily per diem for food is provided.
Women are encouraged to apply as the institute is committed to achieving racial and gender equity in its selection of fellows, topics and persons interviewed.
Each year hundreds of journalists apply to the WPI program. Fellows are picked by the WPI selection committee, composed of journalists and corporate communications specialists, all with international experience. Successful Finalists for the fellowship will be announced in April 2014.
Eligible applicants should have at least five (5) years full-time employment in print, broadcast, or online journalism. WPI said, “Journalists can work for news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible. Those who supervise journalists are eligible providing that they also have at least five years as a working journalist.”
Interested applicants must be currently employed as a non U.S. journalist working outside of the United States and be fluent in both written and spoken English.
Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014. For more information on how to apply, click here.
The World Press Institute fosters understanding among international journalists about the role and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and promotes excellence in journalism. Since 1961, over 500 journalists from 100 countries have benefited from the WPI experience.