Monday, February 09, 2015

The Fellowship in Global Journalism

Applications are open now and will close on February 20, 2015. We will interview a short-list of candidates by phone, and will advise successful candidates of their selection in April 2015.

Admission Requirements

We are recruiting only 20 Fellows from around the world—and we’re seeking something different than conventional journalism programs:
  • Specialization
  • The relevant graduate degree, professional degree or work experience to report knowledgeably on any specialty. If in doubt, please send us your application anyway.
  • Prior experience as a journalist is NOT necessary, but some specific qualities are: Read Qualifications to understand the kind of personality we’re seeking.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.

Application Procedure and Materials

Once you have read Qualifications, and have decided to apply for this program, please follow the following three steps carefully.
1. Because of the limited number of spots available, please e-mail us before you begin your application to tell us you will be applying. Please send that e-mail to, under the subject line: “last name, first initial prepping application”. (e.g. Smith, J prepping application)

2. Please complete all of the following materials by February 20, 2015 and submit all of it as attachments or links, by e-mail, to Please use the subject line “last name, first initial application”. (If you are sending materials in more than one e-mail, please indicate the order using the following format in your subject-line, eg: “last name, first initial application 1/2”; “last name, first initial application 2/2”). Please name all files with your last name, first initial and the subject. (e.g. Smith_J_resume.pdf, Smith_J_transcripts.pdf, etc.)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Academic Transcripts and/or Professional Designation. (PDF scan)
    Official transcripts of your academic record from each university attended and/or an official record of your professional designation are required for admission. Please either scan or take a screen shot of your transcripts and/or designations, and attach them to the application. Applicants who attended universities outside North America must provide notarized English translations to accompany all documentation not written in English.
  • Two Story Proposals
    Please identify two important stories in your field that have not received enough media coverage. Pitch each of those stories in a separate 200-word proposal, indicating why the story is important and some evidence for the story you are proposing.
  • One Fully-Reported Story, with visual treatment
    Please report one of the stories, in written form. Please do not write an opinion-piece; we’d like to see a clear story that is well researched and reported, and that includes information obtained through on-the-record interviews with sources. 800-1000 words. (Stories that exceed this length will not be read.) In addition to the article, please include a brief written description of how you would treat this story in video / broadcast form. Specifically: what characters, what imagery and what narrative arc would best deliver this story to a viewer.
  • Additional Communications Examples
    Please provide up to three other examples of your past writing or communications products in any format, including: blogs, articles, papers, video or audio. If you tweet, please tell us your handle.
  • Personal Essay
    Why are you interested in this program, and what path—through your life and career—has brought you to the point where you wish to apply for it? (500 words)
  • Video Statement
    Please record a maximum 60 second video of yourself explaining the path you hope your career will take after completing this program. Please post this at an on-line video-service like YouTube and include the link in your e-mail to us.
  • Statement of Integrity
  • Please print, sign, date and scan the following statement:
    “I hereby certify that the information presented in my application is accurate, complete and honestly presented. I authorize the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs to verify any aspect of my application and/or my credentials for admission. I understand and agree that any inaccurate information, misleading information, or omission will be cause for the rescission of any offer of admission, or for discipline or dismissal if discovered at a later date. This application is my own, honest statement to the Selection Committee for The Fellowship in Global Journalism.”
3. Three letters of recommendation are required, from referees who are familiar with your academic and/or professional work.
  • Please have your referees e-mail their letters directly to us at, using the subject line “candidate’s lastname, candidate’s first initial—reference”.
  • Your referees should attest to your knowledge of your subject matter and their experience of the personal qualities we expect in a Fellow (Please see Qualifications)

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