Applications for fellowship programmes beginning in 2024/25 are now open. The deadline to apply is Monday 19 February 2024.
The Journalist Fellowship Programme
The Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute is one of the world’s leading schemes for practising, mid-career journalists to take some time out from their day jobs to explore journalism in depth. The majority of our Journalist Fellows are fully-funded and they also receive a stipend to cover living and travel costs.
Through personal research, seminars, networking events and discussions with your peers, you will further your understanding of journalism, the news industry and your place in it. While you are in Oxford, you will work on a project that will be of direct impact to you, your career, your newsroom and the wider media industry, bringing in what you learn during your time in the fellowship. This is a programme for working journalists and editors who will return to journalism after spending a few months with us.
What’s unique about the programme?
We accept around 30 Journalist Fellows from around the world each year, each of whom bring fascinating insights and a wealth of experience to the institute. Here’s what is unique about our programme:
- You will be embedded in a cutting-edge institution that is shaping key media debates. The Reuters Institute produces factsheets and reports on the main challenges of the industry.
- You will be part of an institution with a global outlook. Our Journalist Fellows come from all over the world. They share ideas and experiences of working in different countries and different mediums.
- You will be part of one of the world’s greatest universities. Oxford offers unrivalled study facilities, leading research centres, extensive learning support and a global reputation.
- You will be just one hour from London by train, providing convenient access to some of the world’s leading news publishers like The Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC.
Fellowship Benefits and Funding
Most journalists on the programme are fully funded. Successful applicants get their fees covered and receive a monthly stipend of £2,000, which will be enough to cover the cost of accommodation, food, and general living expenses. We will also cover the cost of travel to and from the UK and any visa costs. Fellows should refrain from professional work during the fellowship.
Additionally, some Journalist Fellows are employees of sponsoring organisations which run their own application process and selection criteria. Please contact us if you want more information on joining the fellowship with these or any other sources of funding.
How to Apply
If you are a journalist with more than five years’ experience working in newsrooms, you qualify to apply for a Reuters Institute scholarship. Before applying, see our frequently asked questions on our Fellowship Programme webpage.
You will need to prepare:
- A one-page project statement. What is the idea that you plan to spend your time with us working on? What can you spend time reading about? Who will you talk to? Save this in PDF format.
- A 150-word summary of your proposed project idea.
- A one-page motivation statement. Why are you ready for a fellowship? Why do you want to do this project at the Reuters Institute? What will you do with your project once you return to the newsroom? Save this in PDF format.
- A two-page CV. Describe your career and education history. You may include links to your work here if you like. Save this in PDF format.
- Two letters of reference. Ask two people who know you and your work to write a letter recommending you for a fellowship. These letters should include the referee’s full name, job title, their relationship to you, and their contact details. Each reference should not be longer than one-page. Save these in PDF format.
The size limits for all PDF uploads is 25 MB per document. You will then be able to submit these documents on our online application portal. No incomplete applications will be considered.