Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE), a fiscally sponsored project of IRE, is pleased to announce the launch of FIRE Diversity Fellowships to promote investigative training for underrepresented reporters nationwide. Made possible with support from the Ford Foundation, the fellowships are available to journalists of color currently working as freelance investigative reporters, or planning to do so soon.

The FIRE Diversity Fellowship can be applied to IRE Watchdog Workshops and other IRE trainings in 2018. Watchdog Workshops cover a range of investigative topics, from use of public records, to interviewing and sourcing techniques.

The fellowship includes the following: 

  • Complimentary registration fee
  • One-year IRE membership/renewal
  • $1,000 travel stipend, plus per diem, where necessary

For information about the trainings, the fellowship application and due dates, visit this page.

Questions? Email, placing “FIRE Diversity Fellowship” in the subject line. For more information about the FIRE Diversity Fellowships, visit