Are you a journalist looking forward to completing your higher education and expand your knowledge and practices? The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship is something you shouldn’t miss on. The Fellowship program is sponsored by the ECMC Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and comes with immense benefits to make your journalism career worthy. The fellowship is open to U.S. journalists who are education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues. Potential Fellows will be early- and mid-career journalists interested in deepening and expanding their understanding of post-secondary education with a specific emphasis on CTE.
The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of post-secondary education, particularly career and technical education. The fellowship motivates the students to do better in their careers, and the funds through the fellowship help the candidates to complete their higher education without worrying about the expenses. The main goal is to expand the number of journalists and create knowledgeable journalists who are the best in their profession.
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s critical challenges. In June 2020, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the organization and to remove Woodrow Wilson from its name; a new name is expected in early fall 2020. The Woodrow Wilson Fellowships responded to a shortage of college faculty after World War II by offering talented students the opportunity to attend doctoral programs and begin college teaching careers. As college enrollments swelled in the latter half of the 20th century, the program prepared generations of faculty, creating a well-known fellowship and becoming a hallmark of academic excellence.
Check the table for quick information about the fellowship:
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|Application Deadline||December 11, 2020|
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Who May Be Eligible?
If you are interested in this fellowship then have a look at the requirements set below:
- The fellowship is open to U.S. journalists who are education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues. Potential Fellows will be early- and mid-career journalists interested in deepening and expanding their understanding of post-secondary education with a specific emphasis on CTE.
- Print, radio, TV, multimedia, and online editors and journalists from local and national publications and digital-only news platforms are eligible, as are freelancers who target mainstream/corporate and independent media outlets.
How to Apply
Candidates who are eligible with all the requirements mentioned above should begin the application process. Applicants need to access the application through the official website. Fellows should submit their credentials, and if they do not have an account, they can create a new one by clicking on register. Candidates should provide all the required information and supporting materials with care. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
- Statement of interest: In 500 words or less, please tell your interest in pursuing this Fellowship opportunity and why you would be the right candidate.
- Three (3) work samples: Please provide links to and PDF copies of three work samples published within the past five years. These samples should be your best recent work. Links will be submitted as a part of the application; PDF versions will be included in the supplemental items packet that you will upload.
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: These letters (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your reporting interests; assess the quality of your journalistic work; explain how the award will benefit your professional development; briefly discuss your reporting qualifications, and assess your commitment to quality coverage of issues facing American education.
- At least one letter of recommendation should be from an editor or supervisor and include a statement of support for completing the requirements of this fellowship. If freelance, the letter with a statement of support for the reporting project must be written by an appropriate editor at an independent news outlet.
- The other letter may come from anyone in the applicant’s professional network. It may not come from a family member.
- You will be prompted to submit contact information for your recommenders through the portal. You will receive an email requesting to upload their letter.
- Letters of recommendation must be written on professional letterhead, signed, and submitted through the online application.
- Resume: There is no need to limit your resume to one page, but we ask you to make it no more than two pages.
- Full work samples: Please include a full-length version of the work samples you indicated in your application. Photo packages should include complete caption information and be laid out in the PDF packet. Video, radio, or TV pieces can be included as a hyperlink to a public version.
ECMC Foundation Fellows in the WW Higher Education Fellowship program will be awarded $10,000 – $5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards the reporting project. The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid post-secondary career and technical education (CTE) symposium. Fellows will complete a reporting project, such as a special report or series. Fellows will also get the chance to attend a CTE Collaborative Convening hosted by the ECMC Foundation in the fall.
The last date to apply for the scholarship is December 11, 2020. All the materials and data should be submitted with caution. Fellows should begin the application process fee days prior to the deadline.