In its commitment to increasing diversity in the field of investigative journalism, the Fund for Investigative Journalism is offering six-month Diversity Fellowships for three journalists. The fellowships are open to individual applicants from groups underrepresented in investigative journalism due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, gender or religion.
The Fund is partnering with three news organizations who will host fellows in their newsrooms: The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, USA TODAY and Wisconsin Watch. To apply, journalists will submit a proposal for an investigative story they would work on during the six-month fellowship, while embedded in one of these three newsrooms. Proposals for USA TODAY can be on any topic. Proposals for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and Wisconsin Watch need to have a state or regional focus. The Fund and host outlets will review and score proposals jointly.
Journalists will receive $30,000 for the six-month fellowship, and host outlets will receive modest grants to cover other costs of the investigations. Fellows will be supervised by key staff at the host outlets, and they will also be able to request free legal help and editorial mentorship from the Fund.
The application form and instructions can be found at fij.org. Applications are due September 27 and decisions will made in November. Journalists who are selected for fellowships will arrange their start date with the host outlet.
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