The program is open to active professional journalists who are U.S. citizens or residents working in all media forms with a minimum of three years of media experience. 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 current employment. Preference is given to journalists who are currently employed with a media outlet that provides support for or commitment to publishing or broadcasting fellowship projects.
The full application must be completed and submitted online. The application for the 2018-2019 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism is available here. Interested applicants should submit the following:
- Resume: resumes should include: a list of representative publications; membership in professional organizations; major journalism prizes; and/or awards and year awarded.
- Objectives for Fellowship and Project Description: An informal essay not to exceed 1,000 words describing the applicant's professional reasons for applying and how the fellowship would benefit the applicant's body of work.
- Samples of Professional Work: Up to three examples of the applicant's work may be submitted. At least one of the samples should be in the media form proposed.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's work 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, no later than April 20, 2018.
- Letter of Support: 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, no later than April 20, 2018.
All application materials, other than the letters of reference or support, must be submitted online by April 11, 2018.
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