Applications Open for IWMF Research and Reporting Fellowship

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, a seven-month program that provides a female journalist with the opportunity to pursue academic research and hone reporting skills.

The Fellow will be based at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fellowship privileges include free access to MIT courses and lectures alongside a tailored academic program. The Fellow will hone her reporting abilities in human rights and social justice through internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

The Fellowship was created in memory of The Boston Globe correspondent and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Elizabeth Neuffer, who was killed while reporting in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF started this program to honor her legacy by advancing her work in the fields of human rights and social justice.


August 29, 2016 - March 28, 2017


The IWMF will accept online applications from March 22 – April 29, 2016

Click here to learn more about the fellowship.

And click here to apply.


The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics. A fixed monthly stipend will cover housing, meals, and ground transportation during the Fellowship. The Fellow will receive health insurance during the program. The Fellowship does not include a salary. For Fellows residing outside of the United States, the Fellowship also covers the cost of international travel and a U.S. visa. The Fellow will be fully responsible for any additional incidental expenses and other costs.


Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. All nationalities are welcome to apply, but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to participate. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice reporting.