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Freelance Fellowship

Provides cash awards to assist independent journalists with investigative projects.

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.

Applications are due August 9, 2021

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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 and a one-year IRE membership
  • 2nd place – $1,500 and a one-year IRE membership
  • 3rd place – $1,000 and a one-year IRE membership

Required application materials:

  • 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

How to donate to the Freelance Fellowship

Every donation made to support our Freelance Fellowship program will be matched up to a total of $15,000, thanks to a generous donation from the donor who established the fund.

Click here to make a secure credit card donation. Please put “Freelance Fellowship” in the line about donating to a specific fund.

Past & Present Winners

Current Fellows

Anna Cavell is a freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom whose work has appeared on the BBC and Al Jazeera English. Her documentary will focus on how U.S. companies are profiting from poor countries as part of the war on terrorism.

Amanda Sakuma is a New York-based freelance journalist who previously worked for NBC News, MSNBC.com and the Houston Chronicle. Her stories will investigate partnerships between local law enforcement and the federal government on immigration and other issues.

Luis Chaparro is a freelance reporter based in Texas whose work has appeared in Vice News, Letras Libres magazine, Fusion magazine and El Daily Post. His project will investigate a U.S. factory in a border town in Mexico to explore larger issues connected to American businesses and their operations in Mexico.

Work by the Winners

“Death of a nursing home”
The Crisis Magazine
by Wallace Roberts
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“The fight to preserve a model public housing project”
Chicago Reader
by Maya Dukmasova
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“Access Denied:
The Digital Crisis in Prisons"
by Adam Wisnieski
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“House of Cards”
New York Post
by Catherine Curan
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“Finding Fernanda”
by Erin Siegal
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“Ghosts of the Rio Grande”
The American Prospect
by Brendan Borrell
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