The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 2019

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant investigative or enterprise story that provides fresh insight into an important business, financial or economic topic. It accepts applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and encourages proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package. This is not a residency Fellowship, however. All Fellows work from their own offices.

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The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, began offering Fellowships to accomplished journalists in the summer of 2014. Nearly three dozen veteran journalists have since been awarded grants of up to $15,000.

The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support high-impact, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy, finance, and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative or enterprise journalism

They generally accept applications twice a year. The upcoming deadline for Winter 2019 Fellowships is January 4, 2019. Applications for the Summer 2019 Fellowships will be due June 28, 2019. However, they will consider time-sensitive projects on a case-by-case basis outside of the deadline periods.


  • The Fellowship provides grants  of up to $15,000 for each project
  • The McGraw Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship
  • They work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories.
  • Assist with placing the articles in established print, radio or digital outlets. The stories run on the McGraw Center website as well.


  • The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to anyone with at least five years of professional experience in journalism.
  • Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization or a journalism non-profit, may apply.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form which can be found in the “Official Link”
  • Think of it as pitch, much like you would submit to an editor at a newspaper, magazine, digital outlet, or radio station: give enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid
  • The proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be
  • The proposal should also note where significant stories on the subject have run elsewhere and how the proposed piece would differ
  • Applicants should enclose three journalism samples. The samples should be professionally published work that showcases your ability to tackle an in-depth story in the proposed medium.
  • Attach a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with your work; if that is a problem, please contact via email to discuss alternatives.
  • If you have a project that might qualify, please contact us at [email protected]

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Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

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