Thomson Reuters Foundation offers fellowships for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects. These are fully-funded fellowships of three or six months (one or two terms). Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible.
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism marks the University of Oxford’s commitment to creating an international research centre in the comparative study of journalism.
If applicant’s first language is not English, they must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by the responsible body) that they have reached the relevant standard.
Fellowship will be taken at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.
This fellowship is for pursuing research level. Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the following four areas of focus:
- Journalism and Democracy – This encompasses projects exploring the functions of media in political information, engagement, and participation, the roles of journalism and other media and communication platforms in democratisation, the interplay of politics and the media, and public policies toward media.
- Business of Journalism – These projects are focused on the practices and effects of business / financial reporting, variations in practices around the globe, relationships between journalists and sources, and how coverage portrays and effects national and international economic and financial policies.
- Journalism Practice – These includes projects exploring topics such as the role of news and journalism in creating awareness and understanding of science and medicine, reporting of risk, business/financial reporting, relationships between journalists and sources, and on journalism affects public opinion and governmental policies.
- Media Policy – This incorporates projects investigating policies and proposed policies affecting media, such as structural and behavioral regulation of broadcasting, press regulation, pluralism policies, ownership controls, content regulation, taxation, and subsidies.
Worth of Award
- Awards may include travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation.
- Spouses and partners (including with dependents) are welcome but under no circumstances will the Fellowship Programme pay the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents.
- Fellows at the RISJ on Fellowships from Thomson Reuters Foundation, Gerda-Henkel, Wincott and Saïd – Asfari will receive a monthly stipend of £1,500 from the RISJ for their living costs during their stay in Oxford, as well as covering travel costs within reason.
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:
- You must have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a journalist in any specialism. In rare cases we will consider you if you have less than five years’ journalistic experience, but you must be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of expertise.
- You will be able to demonstrate a level of English that allows you to participate fully in the programme and write a research paper of publishable quality.
- You will be given priority if you’re proposing a research project within one of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s areas of focus.
- Nationality: Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible.
- Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a journalist in any specialism.
- English language Requirements: If applicant’s first language is not English, you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by the responsible body) that you have reached the relevant standard.
How to Apply
The mode of application is online.
Applications should be made using the online application form. This will be made available once the call for applications has been made.
Please review the following steps to ensure the complete and timely submission of your application:
- Make sure you are eligible to apply
- Decide which fellowship funding you will apply for.
- Check the application deadlines.
- Check which application materials you need to prepare.
- Write the required research proposal and personal statement.
- Choose your work samples.
- Ask 2 people to write letters of recommendation.
- Complete the online application form, remembering to attach all the required application materials.
Deadline: The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.