Durham University in partnership with Reuters invites applications for the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship for exceptional Early Career Journalists in the UK in 2022.

The Fellowship provides an unrivaled opportunity for an exceptional early career journalist. It is a six to nine month Fellowship with Durham University which will include undertaking an investigative project from inside the Reuters newsroom in London.

Fellows will also be mentored by top Reuters editors in the field while being overseen by Durham University and having access to University academics and research resources. This is because the Fellowship is designed to give the applicant the chance to develop rigorous, fact-based research and reporting skills.


Worth of Award

  • Through this Fellowship, an early career journalist will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and collaborations in a thriving community of journalists and researchers.
  • Furthermore, the successful applicant will be employed by Durham University for the period of the Fellowship. S/he will equally spend time on placement in the Reuters newsroom in London, or with another suitable partner selected by Reuters. As a matter of fact, the successful applicant will be allocated an appropriate academic supervisor and mentor at Durham University.
  • The Fellowship commands a monthly salary of c.£4,444 per month (equivalent to a pro-rata salary of c.£53,333 per year). This is in addition to a maximum £1,250 per month living stipend, and a one-off payment of £1,800 for travel and expenses.
  • Where the successful applicant is an existing employee of a news or media organization and taking a period of leave in order to pursue the Fellowship, Durham University will pay up to a maximum of £12,000 to their employer to cover temporary staff costs. This of course is subject to specific terms and conditions.


Qualified applicants will be early in their careers and will have professional journalism experience.

Where a prospective applicant is not currently a journalist but

  • has worked in an investigative reporting capacity in a related professional field (for example: leading human rights or other socio-political publications and campaigns;
  • working as an author or researcher on authoritative investigative work; or
  • developing in-field photo- or video-research projects, documentaries, or exhibitions) applications may be considered on case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Within the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship Application form (.docx), you will be asked to complete:

  •  A short statement (up to 500 words) telling the Fellowship Committee about yourself; what you hope to achieve with this opportunity; and how your vision of journalism fits with the spirit of the Fellowship.
  • A detailed proposal (up to 800 words) for an investigative project you would like to execute during the Fellowship. Multimedia journalism is encouraged, and the proposal can include a small amount of relevant visual material, such as graphics, photos or a video clip. The proposal should tell the Fellowship Committee clearly what the story is about; what’s original about it, including what the new findings would be; why the story is important; what impact it might have; how you would report it; and how you would tell it. This proposal will be an important part of the Fellowship Committee’s evaluation, though Reuters editors may opt to assign the successful fellow another project.

2. Save your completed form in the file format: FirstName-Surname-SHEF-Fellowship.

3. In addition to the application form, you will equally need

  • A demonstration of published examples of work (up to five examples), as links to published work or as attachments to the email.
  • A letter of recommendation from an editor who has worked closely with you, assessing your abilities and potential as an investigative journalist.

4. Send the completed form and attachments to [email protected] 

Deadline: Applications for the Fellowship close Monday, August 15, 2022 at midday BST.


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