Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
Worth of Award

  • The Ochberg Fellowship covers all travel, accommodations and other expenses directly related to program participation.
  •  The program does not cover costs related to health insurance or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.
    Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars and discussions held at Columbia University in New York City.
  • Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and a host of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.


  • Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships are open to outstanding mid-career journalists working across all media.
  • Past Fellows have ranged from small-town and regional general-assignment and crime reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations. Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities.
  • Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no fewer than five years’ full-time journalism experience.
  • Approximately half of the Fellowship participants are based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Mideast.
  • All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.

How to apply

  • Apply online via their website. (See link below)

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship core faculty and past Fellows.

Selection is not based on any single factor. Among judges’ considerations are whether applicants:

  • demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath;
  • have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
  • will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.
  • Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity, and overall group composition.
  • The judging committee will review applications and select 10-15 fellows for 2013. Selected fellows will be notified by phone and email in mid-November.

Deadline: Application closes on October 11, 2013.

  • The Fellowship program will be held January, 20-25, 2014 at Columbia University in New York City.

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