2018 Columbia University Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting
We are inviting journalists, educators and education policy researchers for the 2018 Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting At Columbia University, eligible persons are welcome to apply.
Value of Fellowship: Each fellow will be awarded a stipend of $75,000 for personal living expenses, plus $7500 for project expenses.
To be taken at (country): Columbia Journalism School and Teachers College, Columbia University
Eligible Countries: All
- International candidates may apply.
- English language proficiency is mandatory.
- all materials including publication clips must be translated into English.
- There are no academic prerequisites. However, the applicant must have an interest in pursuing academic coursework in support of the project.
- Applicants are encouraged to propose a course work of study, including a list of experts at Columbia who could be enlisted to work with the fellow.
- Applicants with a full-time job should provide the school with a letter that approves a leave of absence for the academic year. In turn, the candidate should produce a signed agreement that he or she will rejoin the organization with a finished or nearly finished project.
You must use the online application. We cannot process applications that are submitted in any other form.
International candidates may apply. English language proficiency is mandatory, and all materials including publication clips must be translated into English.
The application includes:
- A professional biography or resume.
- Three examples of your work that demonstrate a passion for education research and writing, including newspaper and magazine clips, broadcasts, films, books, monographs, academic reports, or other writing samples. Applicants with reporting experience in covering education or educators who are interested in journalism are preferred. You must provide links to any work you submit. We cannot distribute the work to the judges without links. If your sample is not in English, you must provide a translation.
- An outline of a proposed project in education reporting, including projects currently in progress, must accompany the application, along with an essay explaining how a greater understanding in education research and expertise would materially enhance the project and your ability to cover education. Preference will be given to applicants who can show proof of publication of their work, either through a letter of commitment from a news organization or a book contract. The application should also include the commitment to cover education in the long term.
- A brief essay on proposed areas of research you anticipate pursuing at Columbia University including courses and professors that may materially enhance your project.
- An essay about an education trend you have observed. This trend does not have to be related to your project. It is geared to see how you are following education trends and policies.
- At least three letters of recommendation, including one from the publication that has shown interest in the project.
Application Deadline: 1st February, 2018