The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on global religion issues. Applications will be reviewed in cycles on a rolling basis.
Some of the areas on which proposals might focus include the relationship of religion to:
- conflict and peace
- environment and sustainability
- political economy and development
- health and education
- gender, race and sexuality
- law and human rights
- social movements
Time spent in the destination country is flexible; fellowships typically last between two and seven weeks.
Staffers and freelancers alike are encouraged to apply, and should note their projected outlets for publication as part of their pitch. The fellowships are intended for experienced professional journalists who have a record of outstanding achievement in reporting for influential media outlets. This fellowship is not intended for students or for recent graduates without professional reporting experience. IRP considers and encourages stories in a variety of media, including print, online, radio, television, photography, social media and video.
We encourage applicants to propose stories and destinations not covered by recent IRP fellows although some exceptions may be made. Additionally, we are looking for applications in which journalists are proposing to cover new territory rather than stories they have been focusing on for years. Similarly, we are not likely to support book-related projects.
How to Apply
All applicants must fill out an application form in which they should write an essay of at least 1,000 words describing the stories they would pursue during the fellowship. Applicants should note their expected output (e.g. longform, short articles, radio or video documentary, photo essays, etc.). In order to be considered, all application essays must be submitted in English. However, the stories and other updates produced by the fellows may be in English or in other languages. All applications must include a detailed budget proposal outlining how the funding will be used (i.e. airfare, accommodations, fixer fees, meals, etc.), which assists in determining the amount of the stipend awarded. Fellows are not required to submit receipts or post- fellowship expense reports.
For proposals requiring travel by August 2017, the deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. The next round, for projects requiring fall travel, will be announced shortly.
All of the fellows’ stories will be republished on the IRP website and co-owned by the fellow (or his/her distribution partners, depending on arrangements) and the IRP. In addition, the work produced as a result of the trip may be posted on the social media channels of the IRP funders. These fellowships are supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant, and we do not send automated confirmation receipts. You will be contacted by a member of the selection committee for additional follow-up only if your proposal is selected as a finalist for further consideration.
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