The Society of Professional Journalists invites applications for the Eugene C Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing in the USA in 2022.

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research.

The cash award allows Pulliam Editorial Fellows to:

  • Take courses
  • Pursue independent study
  • Travel
  • Pursue other endeavours that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue

Worth of Award

  • The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world.
  • It can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.
  • This fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books.


To be eligible for a Pulliam fellowship, a candidate must:

  • Hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication in the United States. Applications are equally welcome from freelance opinion writers who devote a majority of their time, or derive a majority of their income from that pursuit.
  • Have at least three years experience as an editorial writer or columnist.
  • Demonstrate outstanding writing and analytical abilities.
  • Secure assurances by the editor or publisher that the applicant will be allowed sufficient time to pursue the fellowship without jeopardizing employment. (Fellows do not have to leave their jobs.)
  • Demonstrate ability and intent to publish work within 18 months of selection. (If selected, work must be published within 18 months of receiving the fellowship.)
  • All entries must be in English.

Very Important

The selected applicant must provide a post-fellowship written report on how funds were used. Each Fellowship recipient will become a mentor to the following year’s recipient.

How to Apply

The Fellowship has no formal application form. However, each applicant should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter stating the purpose and nature of the proposed study, a time line for accomplishing the work, and a plan for how the stipend will be used. The cover letter should contain complete contact information for the applicant including mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  • The editor’s endorsement.
  • A one-page professional biography and summary of professional experience.
  • Five samples of editorials or columns.

Deadline: Entries for the Eugene C Pulliam Fellowship close June 20 by midnight ET.


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