Thomson Reuters Foundation Journalism Fellowship Programme for International Scholars

The Journalism Fellowship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Social sciences (Journalism)
Course Level: Training, Fellowships
Provider: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme offers fully funded Fellowships to well established mid-career journalists from throughout the world at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ).

The Journalism Fellowship Programme at Oxford offers a practical form of professional assistance to established and mid-career journalists. Its purpose is to allow journalists to tackle subjects in greater depth than is possible under deadline pressure.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme

The Requirements of RISJ:
  • Fellows are expected to produce a substantial piece of work to an academic standard. They are required to complete an 8,000-10,000 word research paper of publishable quality either as part of the Institute’s research output or independently (for example, as a survey of an important subject, magazine article or part of a book). Fellows may use multimedia in their work. Fellows have to present their research findings in a seminar open to the University.
  • There is a minimum requirement of 5 years’ full time professional journalistic experience and in order to take full advantage of the excellent facilities of the Institute and of Oxford University, a high level of spoken and written English is required.
Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the areas of focus of the RISJ (see below for more).

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country may apply

Participating Institutions
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Fields of study
Any branch of journalism is eligible; however, areas of focus of the RISJ will be given priority. Details of these can be found within Research.

Other areas of research can be considered providing these are clearly related to the professional work of applicants and will lead to greater excellence in journalism.

Number of awards
Around 25 journalists from around the globe study in Oxford each year

Sponsorship duration
Fellowships may be for three, six or nine months covering one or two terms or a full academic year respectively.

Fellows may join the Institute in October, January or April. Dates of entry are agreed with the Head of the Fellowship Programme.

Scholarship benefits
Each Fellow is assigned a supervisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the journalists’ chosen subject, to advise them on their research.

Fellows will also be able to approach other faculty members to supplement and inform their research and are entitled to access to the wealth of information held in the Bodleian Library and other Oxford University facilities and resources.

In addition to being allocated membership of Green Templeton College with Visiting Scholar status, fellows are also warmly invited to the numerous academic and extracurricular activities of the group of mid-career international journalists based in the RISJ offices. They are also more than welcome to take advantage of the numerous specialist facilities within the university.

RISJ Fellows often stay in accommodation provided by the North Oxford Overseas Centre.

Fellows at the RISJ on Fellowships from Thomson Reuters Foundation, will receive a monthly stipend from the RISJ for their living costs during their stay in Oxford, as well as covering travel costs within reason.

Method of Application
Below is a list of the materials you will need:
  1. Completed application form
  2. A full curriculum vitae
  3. A personal statement outlining i) your journalistic values,ii) the major trends in the media landscape in which you work, and iii) a summary of what you think you would contribute to the Fellowship programme (no more than 500 words).
  4. A statement of up to 1,000 words explaining your proposed research project
  5. A reference from your employer, supporting your application and granting leave of absence
  6. A second professional reference (e.g. former employer).
To Apply Now for the Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship, please visit the Fellowship Application Form page.

The application deadline date is midday, Friday 31st January 2014.

Self funded fellows may apply at any time. Please email if you wish to fund yourself on the programme.

If your first language is not English, you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by the responsible body) that you have reached the relevant standard.

The Fellowship Programme is at the core of the Institute, drawing together journalists from all over the world and assisting high-calibre, mid-career journalists in their careers.

Since 1983, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme has continued to attract heavyweight Fellows internationally, giving them the opportunity to research subjects in greater depth than is possible under regular career deadline pressure.

Spouses and partners (including with dependents) are welcome but under no circumstances will the Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme pay the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents.

It is important to note that no academic credits or qualifications can be obtained through the Fellowship Programme although a certificate is awarded on submission of the Fellows’ Research paper.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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