Events and Training

Fellowships & scholarships

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IRE makes available certain fellowships and scholarships to allow professional journalists or students the opportunity to attend training events they would not otherwise be able to attend. Fellowships typically include a one-year IRE membership, conference or seminar registration fees, and reimbursement for hotel and travel expenses.

IRE would like to thank The Chicago Tribune Foundation, the John S. & James. L. Knight Foundation, the Philip L. Graham Fund and the Ottaway Family Fund for their support of the minority fellowship program.

 

AWARDS

Click on the name of each award to apply.


Freelance Fellowship

About the award: Awards of $1,000 or more are available to assist in conducting investigative projects. These fellowships for journalists who make their living primarily as freelancers were created in 2008. Click here to learn more and see work from past winners

Required application materials: Resume, work samples, and answers to the following questions:

  • Explain your freelance status in as much detail as necessary for the selection committee to determine your eligibility.
  • Describe your project in a narrative of no fewer than 200 words and no more than 1000 words.
  • How do you plan to spend the money if you receive one of the IRE freelance fellowships?
  • If your project requires additional funding, how do you plan to raise the rest of the funding necessary to complete your project?
  • Where do you hope to publish or air the project?
  • Have you discussed publication with any specific outlets? If so, please summarize the conversations. If you have already signed a contract with a publisher or broadcast outlet, please provide specifics.
  • If you receive one of the fellowships, when do you expect to deliver the project to a potential publisher or broadcast outlet?

Deadline: March 27, 2015

 

James Richard Bennett Scholarships

About the award: Sends a limited number of college students in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Louisiana to attend the annual IRE conference. The scholarships are made possible by a donation to IRE by Dr. James R. Bennett, professor emeritus of English, University of Arkansas.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a professor, work samples, copy of college transcripts, and statement on career goals. If applicable, you may provide proof of financial need by submitting a copy of your financial need transcript, which shows the cost of attending school and the amount of scholarships you’ve received or loans you’ve assumed.

Deadline: April 4, 2015


David Dietz Fellowship

About the award: Sends journalists with less than 10 years’ professional experience and a demonstrated interest in financial investigative journalism to the annual IRE Conference. In honor of Dave's commitment to mentoring younger journalists, the winner of the fellowship will also be enrolled in IRE's mentorship program and will be paired with a top investigative journalist in the field of financial journalism for a year-long mentorship that will begin at the IRE Conference.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor, work samples, brief description of career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need.

Deadline: April 4, 2015

 

R-CAR Fellowship

About the award: The Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting helps a journalist from a news organization in a rural area attend one of IRE’s week-long CAR boot camps. It was established by IRE member Daniel Gilbert to give rural reporters skills that will help them uncover stories that otherwise would not come to light. The fellowship is offered in conjunction with The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

Required application materials: Resume, statement of interest (preference given to applicants who outline a project that includes the need to analyze databases), 3 clips showcasing investigative work, a letter of support from your news organization.

Deadline: Rolling - 60 days before the Boot Camp you are applying to attend

 

Diversity Fellowships

About the award: Established by the Philip L. Graham Fund to send a limited number of professional journalists to attend IRE's conferences. These fellowships are aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE's membership. Applicants for this award should identify themselves with one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan, Native American, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor, work samples, brief description of career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need.

Deadline: Jan. 5, 2015 for the CAR Conference; April 4, 2015 for the IRE Conference

 

Jennifer Leonard Scholarship

About the award: Send women of modest means who are college students studying journalism or professional journalists with three or fewer years of working experience to IRE's conferences. The scholarships were established by IRE member David Cay Johnston to honor his wife, the president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and a national leader in promoting ethical standards for endowments. Learn more about Leonard and the scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor, work samples, college transcripts (for college students only), and statement on career goals. If applicable, you may write a few sentences about financial need.

Deadline: Jan. 5, 2015 for the CAR Conference; April 4, 2015 for the IRE Conference

 

Ottaway Fellowships

About the award: Established by David Ottaway and the Ottaway Family Fund to send a limited number of professional journalists to IRE's weeklong Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Boot Camp series. These fellowships are aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE's membership. Applicants for this award should identify themselves with one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan, Native American, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor, work samples, brief description of career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need.

Deadline: Rolling - 60 days before the Boot Camp you are applying to attend

 

Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship

About the award: Help a limited number of journalists working for newspapers with Sunday circulation under 50,000 attend IRE's annual conference. These fellowships were established by IRE board member Nancy Stancill and her family to honor the memory of her father, Godfrey Wells Stancill, former editor and publisher of the Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald. Click here to learn more.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor, work samples, brief description of career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need.

Deadline: April 4, 2015

 

Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellowship

About the award: Send broadcast and/or radio journalists to IRE's weeklong Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Boot Camp series. The fellowships were established by IRE and WTHR-Indianapolis to honor Stephen, an award-winning journalist and longtime IRE member who died in Nov. 2008 after a long battle with cancer.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor, work samples, brief description of career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need.

Deadline: Rolling - 60 days before the Boot Camp you are applying to attend

 

Knight Scholarships

About the award: Send college students at several historically black colleges and universities to IRE’s annual conferences. Scholarships will cover travel and registration for selected students. They will also receive mentorship before and during the conference to help them make the most out of the experience. Each student will contribute to our conference blog during the event. Click here to learn more.

Required application materials: Two work samples (preferable published), contact information for at least one reference, and answers to the following questions (each response should be no more than 200 words):

  •  Please describe your career goals and what led you to pursue journalism.
  • Please tell us why you want to attend a conference and what you hope to gain from the experience.

Deadline: Dec. 7, 2014 for both the IRE and CAR conferences

 

 

If you have questions or need more information about fellowships, please contact John Green, membership coordinator, jgreen@ire.org, 573-882-2772.