The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University (NYU) in the USA is accepting applications for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, in honour of the late journalist who reported empathetically on the human condition.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Power, a longtime friend of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda.

The award proceeds from the recognition that many important stories need to be reported from afar, and that publications do not always have the resources to send a writer where the story is. The money need not be used exclusively for travel, but it is expected that most successful applications will include such expenses.

Worth of Award

The award includes NYU I.D. and full online and onsite NYU Bobst Library research and reference privileges. The monetary awards will be distributed in the following way:

  • Main prize: $6,000 upon announcement of the winning proposal; $3,000 upon evidence of substantial progress (usually a first draft); and $3,500 upon completion and acceptance by the Award committee. This makes it a total grant of $12,500.
  • Runner-up prize: $4,000 upon announcement of the winning proposal.
  • The award will not fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperilled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory.


  • The Institute expects the Winner’s Work to meet a high degree of excellence.
  • While the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award competition is open to all, with the exceptions noted below, the Institute especially encourages applications from early-career, creative nonfiction writers working on projects that meet the competition’s guidelines.
The following persons are not eligible to compete for The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award:
  • Employees, volunteers, interns and agents of NYU, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries (“NYU Affiliates”)
  • NYU graduate with degrees dated within two years of the application deadline
  • Journalists holding staff positions at established media outlets that are in a position to fund such projects on their own.

How to Apply

  • The Application is online on their website. In filling out the application, please be succinct but specific and answer every question.
  • Before creating your application, please read the FAQ and the Competition Terms of Agreement and Eligibility Requirements carefully.
  • If you have a question about applying which is not answered in either place, you may inquire at [email protected]
Deadline: The proposal deadline is February 19, 2020, with a decision anticipated in late April. he completed project must be delivered no later than December 31, 2020.

Click here for more details and to apply

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