Fellowships & Scholarships

IRE makes available certain fellowships and scholarships to allow professional journalists, students and educators the opportunity to attend training events they would not otherwise be able to attend. Fellowships and scholarships typically include a one-year IRE membership and conference/seminar registration fees.

A person may apply for more than one scholarship/fellowship.

If you have questions or need more information about fellowships or IRE trainings, please contact Chris Vachon, chris@ire.org.

NOTE: If you previously received an IRE fellowship or scholarship, you will be eligible for another award three years later. For instance, if you received a fellowship in 2017, you will be eligible again in 2020.

 

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Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship | David Dietz Fellowship | David Donald Fellowship | Diversity Fellowships | Eric B Sager Scholarship | Freelance Fellowship | Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship | Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship | James Richard Bennett Scholarships | Jennifer Leonard Scholarships | Jack Anderson & Steven Lovelady Scholarships | Knight TV Data Fellowships | Napoli Management Group TV Scholarship | Ottaway Fellowships | R-CAR Fellowships | Robert Greene Scholarship | TNT Fellowships


Ottaway Fellowships

Provides assistance to attend a CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri.

Application due date:

– August 4-8, 2019 Boot Camp: Deadline is May 20, 2019

Description: Established by David Ottaway and the Ottaway Family Fund, the Fellowship is aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE’s membership.

Who is eligible? Journalists of color with post-college professional experience are eligible. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary boot camp registration (up to $1,100 value)

– Travel stipend (up to $1,000)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume/CV

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the five-day training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Explain a data story you would like to tackle after boot camp

 

R-CAR Fellowships

Provides assistance to attend a CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri.

Application dates have passed for 2019 boot camps. 

Description: Established by IRE member Daniel Gilbert to provide rural reporters with the skills that will help them uncover stories that otherwise would not come to light. The fellowship is offered in conjunction with The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

Who is eligible? U.S.-based professional journalists who work outside of a metro area (with a core urban population of 50,000 or more) for a newspaper with less than a circulation of 40,000, a television station outside of the top 100 Nielsen markets, or a radio or online news organization with a record of covering rural areas. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary boot camp registration (up to $1,110 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to three clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the five-day training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Statement of interest (preference given to applicants who outline a project that includes the need to analyze databases)

 

TNT (Total Newsroom Training) Fellowships

Provides assistance to attend a CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri.

Application due date:

– August 4-8, 2019 Boot Camp: Deadline is May 20, 2019

Description: The boot camp training builds on the skills taught during TNT trainings.

Who is eligible? Anyone who has completed two days of a TNT training since 2013. More than one employee from the same newsroom may apply.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary boot camp registration (up to $1,100 value)

– Travel stipend (up to $1,300)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to three clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the five-day training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Explain a data story to tackle after boot camp

 

Knight TV Data Fellowships

Provides assistance to attend a CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri and the 2020 CAR Conference in New Orleans and more. 

Application due date:

– August 4-8, 2019 Boot Camp: Deadline is May 20, 2019

Description: Funded by the Knight Foundation to strengthen data watchdog skills at local TV stations across the United States.

Who is eligible? U.S.-based TV professional journalists from local TV newsrooms. The recipient must commit to not only attending a five-day boot camp, but also to attending the annual CAR conference and to utilizing the complimentary IRE data services. Students are not eligible

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary boot camp registration (up to $1,100 value)

– Travel stipend for boot camp (up to $1,000)

– 20 hours of IRE data services ($2,000 value)

– Complimentary CAR conference registration ($305 value)

– Up to four hotel nights for the CAR conference ($960 value)

– Travel stipend for CAR conference (up to $600)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the five-day boot camp and the three-day conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a fellowship to receive this training.

– Explain a data story to tackle after boot camp/conference

 

David Donald Fellowship for Data Journalism

Provides assistance to attend a CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri (March 25-29, 2019) or the CAR Conference in Newport Beach, Calif. (March 7-10, 2019)

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Description: The fund is named for the late David Donald, a former IRE training director who spread the gospel of computer-assisted reporting to thousands of journalists, educators and students around the world. The fund is designed to support computer-assisted reporting training to university educators so that they can better equip their students to be effective watchdogs through the use of data.

Who is eligible? Journalism educators who teach data journalism and investigative reporting.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Choice of attending March 7-10, 2019 CAR Conference (Newport Beach, Calif.) or March 25-29, 2019 CAR Boot Camp (University of Missouri)

– For the CAR conference, it includes: conference registration ($305 value), up to three hotel nights ($720 value) and travel stipend ($500)

– For the CAR boot camp, it includes: boot camp registration (up to $1,100 value) and travel stipend ($820)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

– Link to CV

– Letter from current supervisor indicating support of data journalism and investigative reporting in the curriculum. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– List of data journalism and investigative reporting courses taught in the past and in the future.

– Description of how the educator will put the training to use for students.

– List of continuing education/professional development training received

 

Diversity Fellowships

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference. 

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due Date: April 15, 2019

Description: The Diversity Fellowships are funded by the Philip L. Graham Fund, the IRE Minority Development Fund, the IRE Student Fund and individual donors. The goal of the fellowships is to increase the diversity of IRE’s membership.

Who is eligible? Journalists and journalism students of color are eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

– Up to three nights at conference hotel ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a fellowship to receive this training.

 

Jennifer Leonard Scholarships

Provides assistance to attend the CAR conference or the IRE conference

Application date has passed for 2019.

Description: Established by IRE member David Cay Johnston, formerly of the New York Times, to honor his wife, Jennifer Leonard, the president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and a national leader in promoting ethical standards for CHARITABLE endowments.

Who is eligible? Women of modest means who are either college journalism students or early-career professional journalists (three or fewer years of post-college work experience). Journalists/students of color are encouraged to apply.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($305-$315 value)

– Up to three hotel hotel nights ($720-$750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Link to college transcript (for students only)

– Statement on financial need

 

Jack Anderson & Steven Lovelady Scholarships

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference.

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due Date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established in memory of Steven Lovelady who worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, Inc. and was the founding editor of the Columbia Journalism Review’s Campaign Desk. Also established in memory of Pulitzer prize-winner Jack Anderson who exposed political corruption in Washington, D.C., through his widely syndicated newspaper column, “Washington Merry-Go-Round” (1964–2004). He also had a national radio show on the Mutual Broadcasting System and acted as Washington bureau chief of Parade magazine.

Who is eligible? Journalists and freelance investigative journalists who are interested in improving their watchdog skills. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

 – One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

 – Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

 – Travel stipend (up to $1,125)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

 – LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to attend the conference.

 

James Richard Bennett Scholarships

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference.

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due Date: April 15, 2019

Description: The scholarship is made possible by Dr James Richard Bennett, professor emeritus of English at the University of Arkansas.

Who is eligible? Journalism students in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Louisiana.

What does the scholarship provide?

– One-year IRE student membership/renewal ($25 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($100 value)

– Up to three hotel nights ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

 – LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing reporting skills

– Letter of support to take time away from school to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Link to college transcript

 

David Dietz Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established in 2011 for the late David Dietz, an award-winning journalist and a past president of IRE. Dietz strongly believed in mentoring early career journalists. As a result, the fellowship supports early career journalists and recipients are encouraged to participate in the IRE conference’s mentor networking program. In addition, applicants should demonstrate an interest in financial investigative reporting.

Who is eligible? Journalists and freelancers with less than 10 years’ professional experience, and a demonstrated interest in financial investigative journalism, who have a financial need for assistance. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($75 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

– Up to three hotel nights ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a fellowship to receive this training.

– Statement on financial need

 

Napoli Management Group TV Scholarship

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due Date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established by the Napoli Management Group to assist aspiring early-career watchdog journalists, who would not have the financial means, in receiving training at the IRE conference.

Who is eligible? Early-career (ten years or less) TV journalists interested in investigative reporting.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

– Up to three hotel nights ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Statement on financial need

 

Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship

Provides assistance to the IRE conference.

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established by former IRE board member Nancy Stancill and her family in memory of her father, Godfrey Wells Stancill, who was an editor and publisher of the Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald. The fellowship supports journalists working for newspapers with a Sunday circulation of under 50,000.

Who is eligible? U.S.-based journalists working for a newspaper with a Sunday circulation of under 50,000. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

– Up to three hotel nights ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

 

Robert Greene Scholarship

Provides assistance to the IRE conference.

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established by Robert William Greene, Sr., a pioneering investigative journalist, who uncovered corruption in Arizona after a journalist was murdered there and twice helped Newsday win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Who is eligible? Early-career professional journalists (three years or fewer of post-college working experience).

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

– Up to three hotel nights ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

 

Eric B Sager Scholarship

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference.

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due Date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established through an estate gift by the late Eric B. Sager, an IRE member from West Virginia, who worked mainly in trade publications.

Who is eligible? U.S.-based journalists and freelancers. Journalists from trade publications and small outlets are encouraged to apply. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

– Up to three hotel hotel nights ($750 value)

– Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the conference. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

 

Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference.

Application date has passed for 2019. 

Due date: April 15, 2019

Description: Established by the Columbia Journalism School to provide future journalists the ability to attend the IRE conference in order to network, receive training and to learn about journalism trends to better prepare for successful careers.

Who is eligible? IRE student members. Columbia Journalism School students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– Complimentary conference registration ($100 value)  

– Travel stipend ($700)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): :

– LinkedIn page or link to resume

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support explaining why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training

– College transcript

 

Freelance Fellowships

Provides cash awards to assist freelancers with investigative projects.

Apply online

Application due date: Monday, July 22, 2019. Notifications will be sent in early September.

Description: Established in 2008 by a longtime IRE member for the purpose of financial assistance in conducting investigative projects. Proposals should demonstrate impact, breadth and significance. Proposals that deal with whistleblowers, business ethics or privacy issues will be given priority. The work should be primarily published in the U.S. and in outlets where the primary audience will be at least a part of the American public.

Who is eligible? Journalists who make their living primarily as freelancers.

What does the fellowship provide?

 – 1st place – $2,500  / 2nd place – $1,500  / 3rd place – $1,000

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

 – Links to three clips showcasing investigative work

– Explanation of the investigative project for which funding is needed

 

Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend a CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri.

Application date has passed for 2019.

Description: Established by IRE and WTHR-Indianapolis to honor Holly Whisenhunt Stephen, an award-winning journalist and longtime IRE member, who died November 2008 after a long battle with cancer.

Who is eligible? Professional TV and/or radio journalists. Students are not eligible.

What does the fellowship provide?

– One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)

– Complimentary boot camp registration (up to $1,100 value)

– Travel reimbursement (up to $750)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

– LinkedIn page or link to resume/CV

– Links to two clips showcasing investigative work

– Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the five-day training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.

– Explain a data story you would like to tackle after boot camp

 

If you have questions or need more information about fellowships, please contact Chris Vachon, chris@ire.org.