The Reuters Institute is seeking applications for Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship, founded in 1983, offering an opportunity for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects.

Approximately 6 Thomson Reuters Fellows study each year on fully-funded Fellowships for three or six months (one or two terms). Thomson Reuters Fellows are drawn from dozens of countries around the world from both print and broadcast media. Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism offers fully funded Fellowships to well established mid-career journalists from throughout the world. Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in any branch of journalism and demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to be able to participate fully in the life of the Programme and write a research paper in English of publishable quality.

Funding Information:

  • Fellows receive a modest living allowance of £1,500 per month;
  • Awards may include travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation;
  • Spouses and partners (including with dependents) are welcome but under no circumstances will the Fellowship Programme pay the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents.

Focus Areas:

Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the following four areas of focus:

  • Journalism and Democracy – This encompasses projects exploring the functions of media in political information, engagement, and participation, the roles of journalism and other media and communication platforms in democratisation, the interplay of politics and the media, and public policies toward media.
  • Business of Journalism – These projects are focused on the practices and effects of business / financial reporting, variations in practices around the globe, relationships between journalists and sources, and how coverage portrays and effects national and international economic and financial policies.
  • Journalism Practice – These includes projects exploring topics such as the role of news and journalism in creating awareness and understanding of science and medicine, reporting of risk, business/financial reporting, relationships between journalists and sources, and on journalism affects public opinion and governmental policies.
  • Media Policy – This incorporates projects investigating policies and proposed policies affecting media, such as structural and behavioural regulation of broadcasting, press regulation, pluralism policies, ownership controls, content regulation, taxation, and subsidies.

Eligibility:

  • Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in any branch of journalism and demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to be able to participate fully in the life of the Programme and write a research paper in English of publishable quality.
  • Applications from freelance journalists are also accepted; however they must be working journalists who plan to work as journalists after the Fellowship.

Application Process:

Applications should be made using the online application form. This will be made available once the call for applications has been made.

If you have any queries regarding the fellowship programme or application process please first check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Please review the following steps to ensure the complete and timely submission of your application:

  1. Make sure you are eligible to apply
  2. Decide which fellowship funding you will apply for.
  3. Check the application deadlines.
  4. Check which application materials you need to prepare.
  5. Write the required research proposal and personal statement.
  6. Choose your work samples.
  7. Ask 2 people to write letters of recommendation.
  8. Complete the online application form, remembering to attach all the required application materials.

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