Journalism Scholarships

Newhouse Fellow Program

This 30-month program provides for 18 months of graduate study leading to master’s degree at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, internships and a post-grad professional apprenticeship. Open to under-represented groups as defined by New York State guidelines. On website, click on “Special Programs.”
Deadline: Early February, annually

Asian American Journalists Association

Offers scholarships to outstanding high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students. Students are selected based on the following criteria 1) commitment to the field of journalism; 2) sensitivity to Asian American issues as demonstrated by community involvement; 3) journalistic ability; and, 4) financial need.
Deadline: Early April 

National Association of Black Journalists

Annually awards a minimum of ten $2,500 scholarships to African American college students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. Any foreign or US student currently attending an accredited four-year college or university may apply. Recipients also receive an all-expense-paid trip to the NABJ convention and are required to participate in student convention projects.
Deadline: Varies 

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Provides several different scholarship opportunities for college undergraduates and graduates who are pursuing careers in print or broadcast journalism. Awards range from $1,000 – $5,000.
Deadline: Varies

Howard Simons Graduate Fellowship

The Howard Simons Graduate Fellowship at the University of Maryland was created to expand opportunities for minority journalists in the newspaper industry. It’s a 12-month masters program in public affairs reporting, and the fellowship covers tuition, fees plus a stipend of approximately $11,000 for living expenses. For more information, contact, The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071-7403, Phone: 202-334-6000.
Deadline: May 1 for fall, October 1 for spring, annually 

The American Prospect Writing Fellowship*

The American Prospect is a national, bimonthly magazine that focuses on politics, policy and culture. The magazine offers six yearlong grants of $20,000 each to writers under 30 who exhibit the drive and motivation to become critical journalists and public intellectuals. Throughout the year, participants will create two to four articles for The American Prospect and two to four articles for other national magazines.
Deadline: February 

The Hearst Broadcast News Fellowship*

Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. conducts an on-the-job training program in broadcast journalism for those who are minorities or disadvantaged and who are minorities who have encountered substantial difficulties in gaining access to broadcast careers as a result. Applicants must have at least a BA or BS degree and proven interest in broadcast journalism. A transcript and three letters of recommendation are required as well as a statement detailing why the applicant chose to pursue broadcast journalism and why they deserve the fellowship. If interested, contact Human Resources, WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham, MA 02494, or call (781)433-4062 for an application.
Deadline: April 

Pulliam Journalism Fellowships*

Fellows will work as reporters, editorial writers or copy editors, depending on their areas of interest and experience at The Indianapolis Star or The Arizona Republic. A cash grant and a stipend are for $6,000. Those eligible for the fellowship hold a bachelor’s degree and are newspaper journalism majors or liberal arts majors with newspaper experience.
Deadline: Mid-November 

Poynter Institute News Reporting & Writing Fellowship*

This summer program (June-July) offers unparalleled opportunity for learning and growth for those graduating seniors or recent college graduates who see their future in journalism. Located in St. Petersburg, FL, tuition is waived and living expenses covered by $1,950 fellowship. During the program, students will learn to originate stories in a town they barely know, to sell stories to editors, and to gather and convey information in a hurry. See the web page for more information or email
Deadline: Mid-November 

The Nation Internships*

The Nation Internship offers college students and recent graduates, interested in magazine journalism and publishing, an opportunity to gain practical editorial experience and comprehensive exposure to the publishing aspect of the magazine’s production. Interns attend bi-weekly seminars to meet and learn from genuine authors, journalists and politicians. Internships are offered during the summer and academic year, and carry a small stipend. Majority of the internships are held in New York. However, there is one opportunity available in Washington D.C. All ages are welcome, yet most interns have completed their junior year of college.
Deadline: November, March, July, depending on timeframe 

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer – Desk Assistant Program*

An entry-level program designed for recent college graduates seeking practical experience at a nightly national news organization. This position is divided into five rotations among the different units that comprise the NewsHour: newsdesk; wires; research; setup unit; and viewer mail. Seven desk assistants are accepted twice a year; the position runs approximately 6 months.
Please fax or e-mail your resume to: The Online NewsHour, Fax: (703) 824-6592.
Deadline: November

Leo L. Beranek Fellowships for News Reporting*

Offered by WCVB-TV CHannel 5, Boston, in conjunction with the Hearst Corporation. Aspiring broadcast reporters are paid approximately $18,000 for a nine-month internship. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a proven interest in broadcast journalism; in particular, the program aims to reach minority candidates or others disadvantaged by economic
and social conditions who might otherwise have difficult access to the field. Application includes: a personal statement, official transcript(s), and three letters of recommendation. For more information contact: Community Services/Human Resources, WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham, MA 02194 Phone Number: (781) 433-4062
Deadline: Usually late April

* indicates a Work Experience Fellowship/Professional Internship