Fellowships & Scholarships

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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. You may apply for more than one scholarship/fellowship.

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.

If you have questions or need more information about fellowships or IRE trainings, please contact Chris Vachon, [email protected]

 

Tips for applying for fellowships and scholarships:

  • Start with our PDF chart to find potential awards. You might be eligible for several and can usually re-use your materials.
  • Most awards are tied to an IRE training program, like our annual NICAR and IRE conferences or our Data Journalism Boot Camp. Some awards include options, letting the applicant select and apply for a specific conference or boot camp. Others include multiple training opportunities. If you’re interested in a specific program, jump to that section on the page.
  • Sign up for email reminders. We’ll notify you every time a fellowship deadline is approaching. Get on the email list.
  • Keep applying. These awards are highly competitive, so don’t get discouraged if you’re not selected. Save your materials and re-apply the next time we take applications.

 


I’m looking for a fellowship for:

Data Journalism Bootcamp, Data Journalism Bootcamp or NICAR Conference, NICAR Conference only, Annual Conferences (IRE or NICAR), IRE Conference only, Educator Bootcamp, Freelance Fellowship, Journalist of Color Fellowship, Coding Bootcamps (Python or R)

 

Jump to a specific award:

Data in Local Newsrooms Fellowships | David Dietz Fellowship | David Donald Fellowship | Diversity Fellowships (professionals) | Diversity Fellowships (students)Eric B Sager Scholarship | Freelance Fellowship | Gary Marx ScholarshipGodfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship | Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship | James Richard Bennett Scholarships | Jennifer Leonard Scholarships | Journalist of Color Fellowship | Knight TV Data Fellowships | Napoli Management Group TV Scholarship | Ottaway Fellowships | R-CAR Fellowships | Robert Greene Scholarship | Total Newsroom Training (TNT) Fellowships | Educator Bootcamp Fellowships | Python Bootcamp Fellowship | R Bootcamp Fellowship | Mike Levine Scholarship

 


For Data Journalism Bootcamps

Related fellowships: R-CAR, Ottaway, Holly Whisenhunt Stephen, Total Newsroom Training (TNT), Knight TV Data*

Note: An * denotes the fellowship includes additional training on top of the Data Journalism Boot Camp

 

Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship 

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Boot Camp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp date below)

No longer taking applications for the January 2020 Boot Camp

Due date: January 6-10, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is November 11, 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? 

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 stipend ($750)

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 training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Explain a data story to tackle after boot camp

 

R-CAR Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Boot Camp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp dates below)

Application link

Application due dates:

  • March 23-27, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 2-6, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is May 18, 2020

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 bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 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 training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Explain a data story to tackle after bootcamp

 

Ottaway Fellowships 

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Bootcamp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp dates below)

Application link

Application due dates:

  • January 6-10, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is November 11, 2019
  • March 23-27, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 2-6, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is May 18, 2020

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 and educators of color. Students are not eligible. 

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)
  • Travel stipend ($1,000)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume/CV
  • Links to two clips showcasing investigative work (for journalists)
  • Description how the training will be put to use for students (for educators)
  • Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Explain a data story to tackle after bootcamp (for journalists)

 

Knight TV Data Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Bootcamp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp dates below) and the NICAR Conference  (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020)

Application link

Application due dates:

  • January 6-10, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is November 11, 2019
  • March 23-27, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 2-6, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is May 18, 2020

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. The recipient must commit to not only attending a five-day boot camp, but also to attending the annual NICAR 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 bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)
  • Travel stipend for bootcamp ($1,000)
  • 20 hours of IRE data services ($2,000 value)
  • Complimentary NICAR conference registration ($305 value)
  • Up to four hotel nights for the NICAR conference ($1,000 value)
  • Travel stipend for NICAR conference ($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 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 bootcamp

 

Total Newsroom Training (TNT) Fellowships

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Bootcamp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp dates below)

Application link

Application due dates:

  • January 6-10, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is November 18, 2019
  • March 23-27, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 2-6, 2020 Bootcamp: Deadline is May 18, 2020

Description

The bootcamp 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 bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)
  • Travel stipend ($1,300)

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 training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Explain a data story to tackle after bootcamp

 

For Coding Bootcamps

 

Python Bootcamp Scholarship

Provides assistance to attend the Python Bootcamp at University of Texas, Austin, April 17-19

Application link

Applications being accepted on a rolling basis

Description

Funding provided by the Park Foundation to strengthen coding skills for journalists, educators and students.

Who is eligible?

Anyone who has an interest in learning how a programming language like Python can help in the newsroom.

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)

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

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing data work
  • Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Describe a journalism project that Python could potentially help you tackle

 

R Bootcamp Scholarship

Provides assistance to attend the R Bootcamp, April 27-29, in New York at NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Center

Application link

Applications being accepted on a rolling basis

Description

Funding provided by the Park Foundation to strengthen coding skills for journalists, educators and students.

Who is eligible?

Anyone who has an interest in learning how a programming language like R can help in the newsroom.

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)

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

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing data work
  • Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Describe a journalism project that R could potentially help you tackle

For Data Journalism Bootcamp or the NICAR Conference

Eligible awards: David Donald Fellowship for Data Journalism Fellowship

 

David Donald Fellowship for Data Journalism Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Bootcamp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp dates below) OR the NICAR Conference (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020)

No longer taking applications for 2020

Due date: January 13, 2020

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 the 2020 NICAR Conference or a Data Journalism Bootcamp in 2020
    • For the NICAR conference, it includes: conference registration ($305 value), up to three hotel nights ($750 value), travel stipend ($500)
    • For the Data Journalism Bootcamp, it includes: boot camp registration ($800 value), travel stipend ($750)

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.
  • Include in CV or in application: List of data journalism and investigative reporting courses taught in the past and list of continuing education/professional development training received.
  • Description of how the educator will put the training to use for students.

For just the NICAR Conference

Data in Local Newsrooms Fellowships

Provides assistance to the NICAR conference (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020) 

No longer taking applications for 2020

Due date: January 13, 2020

Description: 

The Data in Local Newsrooms Training Program, funded by the Google News Initiative, helps local newsrooms deepen skills in discovering data, analyzing it and producing compelling stories that otherwise would go untold in local communities. The training received at the NICAR conference builds on the skills taught during the Data in Local Newsrooms Training Program. 

Who is eligible?

Anyone who has completed two days of a Data in Local Newsroom training program. More than one employee from the same newsroom may apply. 

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary conference registration ($305 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.

For either of our annual conferences (NICAR or IRE)

Eligible awards: Jennifer Leonard, Diversity Fellowships

 

Jennifer Leonard Scholarship

Provides assistance to the NICAR conference (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020) or the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due dates:

  • March 5-8, 2020 NICAR Conference: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 27-30, 2020 IRE Conference: Deadline is June 15, 2020

Description: 

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

Who is eligible?

Women of modest means who are college journalism students or early-career professional journalists (three years or less of post-college work experience). Women 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 ($750-900 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

 

Diversity Fellowships

Provides assistance to the NICAR conference (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020) or the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due dates: 

  • March 5-8, 2020 NICAR Conference: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 27-30, 2020 IRE Conference: Deadline is June 15, 2020

Description: 

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

Who is eligible?

Journalists and educators of color are eligible. Students are not eligible. 

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary conference registration ($305-315 value)
  • Up to three nights at conference hotel ($750-900 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 (for journalists)
  • Description how the training will be put to use for students (for educators)
  • 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.

 

Diversity Fellowships for Students

Provides assistance to the NICAR conference (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020) or the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application Link

Due dates:

  • March 5-8, 2020 NICAR Conference: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 27-30, 2020 IRE Conference: Deadline is June 15, 2020

Description: 

The Diversity Fellowships for Students is funded by the IRE Student Fund. The goal of the fellowships is to increase the diversity of IRE’s student membership. 

Who is eligible?

Students of color are eligible. 

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($25 value)
  • Complimentary conference registration ($100 value)
  • Travel stipend ($500)

For just the IRE Conference

Eligible awards: Napoli Management Group TV Scholarship, James Richard Bennett Scholarship, David Dietz Fellowship, Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship, Robert Greene Scholarship, Eric B. Sager Scholarships 

 

Napoli Management Group TV Scholarship 

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due date: June 15, 2020

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 (three or fewer years of post-college work experience) 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 ($900 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

 

James Richard Bennett Scholarship

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due Date: June 15, 2020

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 ($900 value)
  • Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing journalism work
  • Letter of support to attend 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 (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due date: June 15, 2020

Description: 

Established in 2011 for the late David Dietz, an award-winning journalist and a past president of IRE. The fellowship supports early career journalists who have a demonstrated interest in financial investigative reporting.

Who is eligible?

Journalists and independent journalists 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 ($70 value)
  • Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)
  • Up to three hotel nights ($900 value)
  • Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing financial 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

 

Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship

Provides assistance to the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due date: June 15, 2020

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 ($900 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 (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due date: June 15, 2020

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 or fewer years of post-college work experience). 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 ($900 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 Scholarships

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application link

Due date: June 15, 2020

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 independent journalists. 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 ($900 value)
  • Travel stipend ($500 value)

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.

 

Gary Marx Scholarship

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application Link

Due date: June 15, 2020

Description: 

Established by long-time IRE member David Jackson who established the Gary Marx Journalism Fund to honor a trusted Chicago Tribune colleague, Gary Marx, and hopefully to inspire the new generation of investigative reporters. 

Who is eligible? 

U.S.-based college journalism students and early-career journalists (three years post-college graduation). Preference will be given to applicants from Illinois.

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)
  • Up to three hotel hotel nights ($900 value)
  • Travel stipend ($500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing journalism 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.

 

For the IRE Conference (sponsored by other groups, organizations)

Mike Levine Journalism Education Fund

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application due date: June 15, 2020

Description: The Mike Levine Journalism Education Fund was established to honor and memorialize Mike Levine, a columnist and executive editor of the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., who died in 2007. The fund is dedicated to helping journalists pursue “the news of the day with the compassion and craft that became the hallmark of Mike’s work.”

Who is eligible: Journalists with less than five years of experience working in daily or weekly print news organizations or digital-only news outlets.

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary conference registration ($315 value)

Required application materials:

  • Resume, link to a resume or LinkedInpage
  • Three clips showcasing your work
  • A letter of support from a supervisor/manager to attend the training. It should include why you are deserving of a fellowship to get this training.
  • A letter of no more than 250 words explaining what you would do with this training.

Send the material to [email protected]

For more information or questions: Go to mikelevinebook.com or write [email protected]

 

Dow Jones News Fund

Provides assistance to attend the IRE conference (National Harbor, Maryland, August 27-30, 2020)

Application due date: March 25, 2020, 11 pm ET

Description: The Dow Jones News Fund’s mission is to promote careers in journalism in the digital age. The organization believes the more exposure students have to professional media conferences, the more successful they will be in their careers, finding mentors and winning at journalism.

Who is eligible: College sophomores, juniors and seniors studying journalism or working for student media at community colleges and four-year universities. Students must be available to attend the entire conference and will be responsible for their own transportation and housing.

What does the fellowship provide?

  • Complimentary conference registration ($100 value)

Required application materials:

  • Submit this form which requires:
    • 500-word essay
    • resume
    • contact information for one journalistic reference

For more information or questions: Go to Dow Jones News Fund page.

 

For the Educator Bootcamps

Educator of Color Scholarships

Provides assistance to attend an Educator Bootcamp at Loyola University (Chicago), University of Arizona (Tucson) or Syracuse University (see boot camp dates below).

Application Link

Application due dates:

  • July 28-August 1, 2020 Bootcamp (in Chicago): Deadline is June 1, 2020
  • January 5-9, 2021 Bootcamp (in Tucson, Arizona): Check back for deadline information
  • Summer 2021 Bootcamp (in Syracuse, New York): Check back for deadline information

Description

Funded by the Lumina Foundation to provide data training for college journalism educators to receive hands-on training as well as assistance with syllabus creation and teaching skills. 

Who is eligible?

Educators of color teaching, or interested in teaching, data journalism within one’s curriculum. No data journalism experience or data teaching experience necessary.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary boot camp registration ($800 value)
  • Travel stipend ($1,500)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application):

  • Link to CV
  • Letter of support from supervisor/appropriate person to attend the training. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training and that journalism program is committed to teaching data journalism. 
  • Include in CV or in application: List of data journalism and investigative reporting courses taught in the past and list of continuing education/professional development training received.
  • Description of how the educator will put the training to use for students.

Other Fellowships

Eligible Awards:

 

Freelance Fellowship

Provides cash awards to assist independent journalists with investigative projects

Application coming soon!

Due date: August 3, 2020

Description:

Created in 2008, the fellowships are awarded for project proposals which demonstrate impact, breadth and significance. Proposals that deal with whistleblowers, business ethics or privacy issues will be given priority. It is intended to support work that will be primarily be 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 and need assistance in conducting investigative projects. Freelance journalists who will publish the work primarily in the U.S. and in outlets where the primary audience will be at least a part of the American public. 

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): 

  • LinkedIn page or resume
  • Three clips showcasing investigative work
  • Explain your freelance status in as much detail as necessary for the selection committee to determine your eligibility
  • Describe your project 
  • How do you plan to spend the money if you receive one of the IRE freelance fellowships?
  • If your project requires additional funding, how do you plan to raise the rest of the funding necessary to complete your project?
  • Where do you hope to publish or air the project?
  • Have you discussed publication with any specific outlets? If so, please summarize the conversations. -If you have already signed a contract with a publisher or broadcast outlet, please provide specifics.
  • If you receive one of the fellowships, when do you expect to deliver the project to a potential publisher or broadcast outlet?

Criteria:

  • Proposals which demonstrate impact, breadth and significance
  • Proposals that deal with whistleblowers, business ethics or privacy issues will be given priority
  • Intended to support work that will be primarily be published in the U.S. and in outlets where the primary audience will be at least a part of the American public

 

IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Boot Camp at the University of Missouri (see boot camp dates below), the NICAR Conference (New Orleans, March 5-8, 2020) and the IRE Conference (National Harbor, Maryland, June 18-21, 2020) and more.

No longer taking applications for the 2020 fellowship.

Due date: October 21, 2020

Description: The year-long program is intended to prepare and support a journalist of color for a solid career in investigative reporting. The program also provides an opportunity for the fellow’s news outlets to benefit from the fellow’s investigative skill-building. An underlying goal of the program is to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important. The fellowship is made possible by the generosity of IRE members and news organization sponsors. Learn more about the fellowship.

Who is eligible?

  • U.S. journalists of color who want to improve their investigative skills
  • Applicants should have at least three years of post-college work experience
  • Applicants should be currently working with a supportive news organization or working as an independent journalist
  • Applicants who can propose a well-developed project which would benefit from the training and mentoring the fellow would receive
  • Students are not eligible

What would the fellow do?

The fellow would:

  • Obtain employer support
  • Create an investigative reporting project that benefits his/her community
  • Attend an IRE boot camp
  • Attend the NICAR conference
  • Attend the IRE conference
  • Receive IRE data services
  • Receive a one-year IRE membership/renewal
  • Initiate contact and work with a mentor network made up of IRE members
  • Set up monthly video calls with his/her mentor network for one year, or until the project is complete, whichever comes first, to discuss the project’s progress

The fellow would be encouraged to do the following after the fellowship concludes:

  • Serve as part of the mentor network
  • Serve on fellowship selection committee
  • Renew IRE membership

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary boot camp registration (up to $1,100 value)
  • Boot camp travel stipend ($1,000)
  • Complimentary NICAR conference registration ($305 value)
  • Complimentary NICAR conference hotel nights (up to 3 nights) ($720 value)
  • NICAR conference travel stipend ($500)
  • Complimentary IRE conference registration ($315 value)
  • Complimentary IRE conference hotel nights (up to 3 nights) ($750 value)
  • IRE conference travel stipend ($500)
  • Complimentary IRE Data Services (up to 12 hours) ($1,200 value)

Required application materials (have prepared before completing application): 

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing investigative work
  • Description of project to be tackled during the fellowship (calendar year)
  • Letter of support from supervisor/management stating the newsroom/management will allow the fellow time to work on the project and time to attend all required IRE trainings included in the fellowship. The letter should also serve as a recommendation letter. Independent journalists, a letter of recommendation is required.