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Journalism School Fellowships

The School is grateful to the many friends and alumni who have contributed to its fellowship and scholarship programs. Fellowships provide significant financial aid (typically a minimum of half-tuition) and are awarded to applicants upon admissions who demonstrate excellent academic achievement, financial need and exceptional promise for leading careers in journalism.  

Applicants may apply for any of the fellowships listed below by submitting the Graduate School of Journalism Scholarship Aid Application as well as any supporting documentation, such as an essay or clips, requested. The on-line Graduate School of Journalism Scholarship Aid Application will be available December 1. The deadline for scholarships applications is February 1. 

The American French Foundation Fellowship in Memory of Miss Elsa Maxwell
The American French Foundation Fellowship in memory of Miss Elsa Maxwell was established by friends who sponsored the annual "April in Paris" ball in 1964. The fellowship should go each year to an American or a French woman with an outstanding college record who demonstrates both singular professional promise and financial need.

John Chancellor Fellowship
Established in 2005 by Ira and Barbara Lipman and Guardsmark LLC, this award supports the Master of Science or Master of Arts student who demonstrates the leadership qualities exemplified by the late John Chancellor of NBC News.

Gordon (’77) and Maggie Gray Fellowships for International Reporting
The Gray Fellowship program provides significant financial aid for at least two domestic Master of Arts students who are committed to careers in international reporting. The Gray Fellows will be required to commit to a particular region of study and foreign language with preference for one of the students to study Arabic and hold a strong interest in covering the Middle East. The goal of the Gray Fellowship for International Reporting is to promote and improve the quality of journalism by American reporters on foreign assignments, specifically those destined for work in the Middle East. Funds received by the Gray Fellows will be applied towards tuition for the MA degree, as well as costs related to intensive foreign language study and/or internships the summer prior to beginning the Master of Arts program, as well as the summer after graduation.

The Hearst Fellowship in Business Journalism
Students enrolled at the Journalism School who are focusing on business and economics journalism are eligible for this Fellowship.

Hindery Fellowships
The Hindery Fellowship Program provides substantial tuition assistance to several graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts or Master of Science programs who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and professional promise, a commitment to leadership in journalism and financial need. Hindery Fellows are likely to pursue long, distinguished careers in journalism, with deep loyalty to the profession and a special commitment to reporting on social and political issues. The Hindery Fellows are required to participate in several special seminars lead by the Dean throughout the year given by leading journalists.

Brigid O'Hara-Forster Fellowship
In her 31-year career at Time, Brigid Forster became a role model for many women at the magazine. This fellowship established in her memory, aims to assist able women from abroad to prepare for distinguished careers in journalism. It is awarded annually to one international female student.

Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Fellowships
David and Katherine Moore created this scholarship to support at least one domestic and one international student each year.

Michael and Ceil Pulitzer African Fellowships
In support of the school’s commitment to excellence in journalism around the world, Michael and Ceil Pulitzer have made gift to create two full tuition fellowships for students from Africa studying at the Journalism School who plan to return home.

Scripps Howard Foundation - Jack R. Howard Fellowships in
International Journalism

Established in 1999 and funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, these fellowships honor the late Jack R. Howard, a founding trustee and past president of the Scripps Howard Foundation. Howard also served as president and general editorial manager of The E.W. Scripps Company. The Jack R. Howard fellowships provide generous tuition assistance to two international journalists, from developing or transitional countries, who otherwise could not afford to study at the school. To qualify for the fellowship, candidates must reside outside the United States and intend to return to their homeland after graduation. Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic promise and a desire to make a significant contribution to journalism in their home countries. Previous fellows have been from the following countries: Kenya, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq, Romania and Syria, to name a few.
Press release about the death of Jack R. Howard

Toni Stabile Fellowships in Investigative Journalism
Beginning in September 2006, the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism will offer two fellowships for students committed to careers in investigative journalism. Students will study directly with the new Stabile Professor of Investigative Journalism and work on a serious investigative project for their master’s thesis. Students will receive generous financial aid as well as funds to conduct their investigative project. Read more

Lorana Sullivan ('64) Memorial Fellowships
Lorana Sullivan used her education at the Journalism School as a springboard into a long and successful career in business journalism, both in this country and in England. Over the years, she poked and probed the questionable, illegal and unethical practices of con artists and respected state and private institutions alike. Two full-tuition fellowships are awarded annually in her memory to Master of Arts students in the business and economics concentration who plan to pursue careers in investigative business journalism. All admitted applicants to the program demonstrating academic and professional achievement, as well as financial need, will be considered for the Sullivan Fellowships. Applicants to this fellowship are required to write a story concerning an issue in business. The requirements will be found in the Graduate School of Journalism Financial Aid Form.

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