Deadline Approaching for 2011 Dart Ochberg Fellowships

Apply online now for an intensive program, to be held in Baltimore Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, designed to help mid-career journalists improve coverage of traumatic events. Deadline for entries is July 27.

UPDATE: Applications are now closed. Winners will be announced in August.

Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence and traumatic events — on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide — is a great challenge. Each year, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, selects six to ten journalists as Dart Center Ochberg Fellows.

Online applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Dart Ochberg Fellowship Program, to be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 in Baltimore. Application deadline is July 27; winners will be announced in August. You can access the online application form here.


Fellows attend an intensive weeklong seminar program, including briefings by leading interdisciplinary experts in the trauma field and discussions with journalist colleagues, and attend the annual conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

The fellowship was established in 1999 by the Dart Center in partnership with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The fellowship is named in honor of psychiatrist Frank Ochberg, M.D., a pioneer in trauma study.

The fellowship covers all travel and ground expenses while attending the program.


The Ochberg Fellows program welcomes outstanding mid-career journalists in all media. Past fellows have ranged from small-town and regional beat reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations.

Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years’ full-time journalism experience.

Fellowships are limited to journalists from the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, at present the major zones of Dart Center activity. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from other geographic regions. All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. 

Read testimonials from and bios of past Ochberg Fellows. 


Details and application form are available online. Please direct all questions to Kate Black, the Dart Center's associate director for programs.