Become a Fellow

Applications open in February and close in early April every year. Read more about the current class of fellows from the United States, Latin America, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. If you have any questions, please email

Eligibility and Application Requirements

1. Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.

2. Be a citizen or legal resident of any country in Latin America, Qatar, or United Arab Emirates. View the application procedures for international applicants.

3. Have at least three years of professional experience in journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking et al). Projects are tailored to fellows’ experience and interests and should be relevant to the dynamic mental health and substance use landscape in their country or coverage area. Fellows employed full-time are not required to leave their jobs. Preference is given to journalists who work with or for a media outlet that expresses support for and commitment to publishing or broadcasting fellowship projects.

4. Have a strong interest in mental health reporting during and after the fellowship year. Previous mental health reporting experience is not required.

5.Submit a completed application with letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered. View important dates and deadlines.

6. Attend mandatory expense-paid Fellowship Training Meetings in September at the beginning and end of the fellowship year at The Carter Center.

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