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Eligibility and Application Requirements

Eligible applicants for a fellowship must:

  1. Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States if applying to be a U.S. fellow. Citizens or legal residents of Colombia, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates can apply, but the process is different. Here are more details on the application procedures for international applicants.
  2. Have at least three years’ experience in journalism. This includes writing, reporting, editing, producing, and filmmaking. Projects are tailored to the experience and interests of the fellows and should be relevant to the dynamic mental health and substance use landscape in the U.S. Fellows are not required to leave their jobs. Preference is given to journalists who employed with or who have a commitment from a media outlet to support and publish/distribute their fellowship project.
  3. Have a deep interest in mental health reporting and continuing it beyond the fellowship. Previous mental health reporting experience is not required.
  4. Submit a completed application with letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered. View important dates and deadlines.
  5. Attend mandatory meetings in September at the beginning and the end of the fellowship year.
  6. Provide updates on the status of the fellowship project at agreed-upon times throughout the year.

Application Materials

  1. General information that includes:
    • Contact information
    • Demographic information
    • Website (if applicable)
    • Employment
    • Type of media
    • Journalism experience
    • Proposed topic
    • Project summary
    • Previous fellowships/awards
    • How you heard about this fellowship
  2. Resume that includes:
    • A list of representative publications
    • Membership in professional organizations
    • Major journalism prizes and/or awards and year awarded
  3. Objectives for fellowship and project description:
    • Informal essay (1,000 words maximum)
    • Describe reasons for applying and how this fellowship could benefit and support applicant’s body of work
    • Clearly outline the proposed project and a plan for completion including the applicant’s potential project timeline
    • Discuss the significance and timeliness of the topic and explain the feasibility of completing the project
    • Detail the potential impact the applicant’s project
  4. Work samples:
    • Submit a total of three samples of your work (at least one of the samples should be in the media form proposed for your project).
    • Articles, if possible, should be in the original format they were published (e.g., digital scans of originals; direct link to the article). Please do not submit an item that cannot be replaced – mailed materials cannot be returned and are not encouraged.
    • It is not required that submitted pieces be related to mental health. We suggest submitting your highest quality work.
  5. Letters of recommendation:
    • Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s work. Recommenders should comment on the applicant’s abilities and potential as a journalist. Recommenders will be asked to submit their letters online once the applicant has completed the application process.
  6. Letter of support from publication:
    • If the applicant has a full-time employer, one letter from the applicant’s publisher, editor, producer, manager, or director, supporting the application, is required. If the applicant is self-employed, the third letter must come from an individual familiar with his or her work. Preference will be given to those applicants with letters from editors or publishers that indicate a clear interest and strong likelihood to publish or broadcast the fellowship project. This individual will be asked to submit his or her letter online once the applicant has completed the application process.