Outside Funding Opportunities

Scholarship Deadline Amount Description
US Department of Education Variable Variable The Education Department offers three kinds of grants: Discretionary Grants awarded using a competitive process, Student Loans or Grants to help students attend college and Formula Grants which use formulas determined by Congress and have no application process.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Variable Variable AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. The AAUW offers multiple grants and fellowship opportunities.
The Greater Good Science Center 4/7 Up to $15,000 The Greater Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Graduate students whose research relates to our mission. The fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with an emphasis on the social-behavioral sciences. In addition to pursuing their proposed research, GGSC Fellows will be invited to contribute to the greater good by contributing approximately five hours per month as a research assistant for the GGSC’s online magazine, Greater Good, or otherwise contributing to another of the Center’s initiatives.
Mother Jones Fellowship Program 10/1 and 4/1 $2,115 per month Mother Jones fellowships are full-time positions lasting six months. Those who are still in school or are only available part-time are not eligible to apply, nor can fellowships be used for course credit. There are five active fellowships at Mother Jones: Social Media Fellowship (SF), Editorial Fellowship (SF), Online Editorial Fellowship (SF), Editorial Fellowship (DC), Digital Media Fellowship (NYC or SF).After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship with an increased monthly stipend of $2,275.
The Sacramento Press Club 3/31 $4,000-8,000 Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students for at least one term in the 2017/18 academic year and have a connection to the Sacramento region. You will need to submit a brief letter explaining how you will pursue a journalism career and why, your current transcript, five samples of your work, a hard copy of your work, a link to an online site where your work resides, and a letter of recommendation.
Google News Lab Fellowship 1/3 $8,500 stipend and $1,000 travel budget The Google News Lab Fellowship offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations across the US to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts and friends. While the work of each host organization is unique, Fellows have opportunities to research and write stories, contribute to open source data programs, and create timely data to accurately frame public debates about issues in the US and the world.
Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships 3/1 $5,000 Criteria for candidates include: Being of Greek-American decent and a U.S. citizen, current full-time enrollment as a journalism or communications major, active participation in school, community, or church organizations, a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated financial need.
American Copy Editors Society Education Fund 11/15 $1,500-$2,500 The ACES Education Fund awards five scholarships each year: four scholarships of $1,500 each and one of $2,500. College juniors or seniors, graduate students and college graduates enrolled for at least one full term during the period summer 2016 through spring 2017 are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a commitment to a career in copy editing, exemplary work and academic achievement, and references from teachers and works supervisors.
Asian American Journalists Association April Variable The AAJA offers multiple scholarships, internships, and grants.
Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships Variable Variable The Association on American Indian Affairs offers multiple scholarships.
Association for Women in Sports Media
10/31 $1,000 Since 1990, AWSM has placed more than 140 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships working in broadcast production, broadcast reporting, print/digital reporting, magazine writing and public relations. All interns receive a $1,000 scholarship and complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM's annual convention.
Broadcast Education Association 10/11 Variable The Broadcast Education Association is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. BEA administers scholarships annually, to honor broadcasters and the entire electronic media profession.
California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) 4/2 $500-$1,000 The CCNMA Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 per student and are based on several criteria, including: commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellowship 2/3 Variable CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill.
The Hebrew Free Loan Association 8/31 $1,800 Hebrew Free Loan is partnering with the National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco Section, to offer two college scholarships to be awarded to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school who are studying or working in the area of social justice, and who intend to pursue social justice in a career or volunteer work following graduation.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund 4/6 $500-$5,000 The Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.
Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA) 10/17 $2,500 Students must be enrolled in a Bay Area college or university. Students attending college out of state must have graduated from a Bay Area high school. Applicants must be studying one of the following journalism fields: television, radio, print or multimedia.
Dorothea Lange Fellowship for Photography 4/13 $4,000 The fellowship, in memory of one of the most outstanding documentary photographers of the 20th century, encourages the use of photography in the scholarly work of any discipline at UC Berkeley. The fellowship will be awarded to a UC Berkeley faculty member, a graduate student, or a senior who has been accepted for graduate work at Berkeley. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding work in documentary photography and a creative plan for future work.
President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 11/1 $48,200 The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 11/1 $25,000 To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet all three of the following sets of conditions: New American status, you must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of November 1, 2016, you must already hold a bachelor's degree or be a college senior in good academic standing.
National Association of Black Journalists 3/15 $1,500-$3,000 NABJ awards eight scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. All applications must be submitted online by the specified deadline.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) 3/15 $2,000-$5,000 NAHJ offers scholarships to full-time graduate students pursuing careers in journalism in English or Spanish-language media, or both. For the first time this year, NAHJ is offering an alternative to receiving scholarship dollars as a sponsored trip to the 2017 national conference, which includes: registration, flight, double occupancy hotel room, and a food stipend.
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) 2/1 Variable The NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster and recognize excellence in journalism on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) TBA TBA NAJA awards annual scholarships to Native American students pursuing media degrees at higher education institutions. To apply for scholarships, students are required to be current NAJA members in good standing. Applications are reviewed by a committee of NAJA members and media professionals.
Overseas Press Club Foundation 12/1 Variable Graduate and undergraduate students studying at American colleges and universities or Americans studying abroad who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.
Radio-Television News Directors Association 6/25 Variable Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also invited to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.
Society of Professional Journalists TBA TBA No grants, internships, fellowships or scholarships are accepting application at this time. But please check back soon!
South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) TBA Variable SAJA has awarded a record $58,000 in scholarships to help graduate, undergraduate and high school students pursue their education and future careers in journalism.
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship Variable $20,000 The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amount vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Knight Foundation Journalism 360˚ Challenge 4/10 $35,000 Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and the Online News Association are partnering to launch an open call for ideas, offering up to $35,000 in funding to test, refine and build out a project. This is an open call for ideas using immersive storytelling to discover new ways to engage audiences and advance the field of journalism.
DAAD Graduate Scholarship for Study/Research in Germany 11/4 and 5/15 Variable Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD, or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund 4/1 $10,000 The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice.
Gilbert Rios Memorial Award 6/1 $5,000 The Gilbert Rios Memorial Award is a $5,000 grant that is awarded to Hispanic students who intend to enroll in a full-time graduate program. This competitive grant is awarded to one male and one female student each year. Doctoral students are not eligible to apply for this award.
SF Foundation Community Leadership Awards TBA TBA The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards honor visionary and dedicated leaders who are doing extraordinary work and addressing critical issues in the Bay Area.
Trudeau Foundation Fellowships 12/4 Variable Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation rewards outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program and who are doing research in areas related to our four themes. This award, the most prestigious of its type in Canada, has continuously attracted thev ery best scholars in the social sciences and humanities, individuals with a passion for public engagement and who are likely to become leading national and international figures.
George Bennett Fellowship in Writing 11/30 $15,570 The purpose of the George Bennett Fellowship is to provide time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer. It provides for one academic year a stipend, as well as housing and meals for this person and family, at Academy expense. As Writer-in-Residence the person shall live in Exeter and, in return for stipend and housing, shall make his or her self and talents available in an informal and unofficial way to students interested in writing, and, more specifically, to students in English classes and to members of student literary organizations.
UC MEXUS Small Grant Competition Variable $1,500 University of California graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Each award is expected to advance applicant's research abilities or academic progress. All activities associated with the award must be overseen by a UC faculty sponsor, who also accepts responsibility for the administration of the support funds as the Principal Investigator.
Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program 1/11 $15,000 Applicants for a Switzer Fellowship must be a U.S. citizen, be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or New England and have strong academic qualifications with academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement.
Gates Foundation's Grant Program Variable Variable Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.
Dolores Zohrab Liebman Fellowships Variable Variable Fellowships are restricted to graduate students who are United States citizens attending an accredited and designated institution of higher education within the United States. The program of study need not be limited to Armenian studies, and candidates can be of any national descent. Applications must be submitted through the dean of the university where the student is pursuing graduate studies. Please contact your school's financial aid or fellowship office for more information and to obtain an application.
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards 8/3 Variable Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree — typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.
Clark Foundation "Investment in Community" Graduate Fellowship 1/31 $10,000 The Clark Foundation $10,000 "Investment in Community" Graduate Fellowship is awarded each year to a deserving graduate student who was born, raised or lived on the Monterey Peninsula and who intends to return to the area and be of service to the local community after completing his/her graduate degree. The award can be used to cover the ordinary costs of graduate school including tuition, books, room and board.
Mentored Research Award 3/6 $16,000 The UC Office of the President will again fund the campus' Mentored Research Award program. The purpose of this program is to assist doctoral students in acquiring sophisticated research skills by working under faculty mentorship on their own pre-dissertation research. Each mentor is expected to discuss academic issues, network on behalf of the fellow, write letters of recommendation, advise on the fellow's dissertation plans, and help the fellow avoid academic obstacles. Fellows receive a $16,000 stipend plus payment of in-state fees.
Dr. and Mrs. James C.Y. Soong Fellowships 4/16 Variable The Dr. and Mrs. James C.Y. Soong Fellowship is open to graduate students from Taiwan who are enrolled full time at UC Berkeley in any field of study.
Carlos M. Castaneda Journalism Scholarship 4/15 $7,000 The FECMC grants a $7,000 scholarship to a Spanish-speaking individual for graduate studies in Journalism at an accredited university in the United States, approved by the FECMC.
Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers 9/10 $2,000 This fellowship was created in order to cultivate and amplify new voices.
Morro Bay Tourism Photo Contest 4/30 $1,000 Morro Bay Tourism is holding a photo contest for students registered in college for the 2017 or 2018 school years. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship!
AndroidRooting Scholarship 7/31 $1,000 The application for the AndroidRooting scholarship is open, eligible applicants being all students who are currently pursuing a graduate or undergraduate program in Marketing, Communication, Electronics and Technology. The winner will be chosen on the basis of his/her written skills, creativity, and ability to express him/herself in a clear and concise manner. The winning candidates will get up to $1,000 through the AndroidRooting.Org website.
Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship 3/31 $100,000 Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.
Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship 5/31 $2,000 The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the late Pete Wilson, a San Francisco television and radio journalist. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student from the San Francisco Bay area or attending a college or university in the Bay Area who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism.
SAIS-CARI Fellowship TBA Variable SAIS-CARI Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis or by invitation to researchers, policy-makers, or journalists who wish to spend a concentrated period of time (1 to 2 months) writing or doing field research on an under-explored policy issue related to China’s African engagement.
National Endowment for Democracy Grant 4/7 Variable Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. NED is interested in proposals from organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000.
Society of Environmental Journalists Awards 4/1 $500 The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) is accepting submissions for its annual recognition of excellence in environmental reporting. The awards honor journalists in seven different categories, including outstanding feature story, outstanding in-depth reporting, outstanding photography and best environmental book.The winners in each category will receive US$500 in September at SEJ’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Data Journalism Awards 4/7 $1,801 The Data Journalism Awards are the first international awards recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide. Media companies, nonprofit organizations, freelancers and staff journalists can enter.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 4/10 Variable The Leica Oskar Barnack Award seeks entries depicting the relationship between humans and the environment in a sequence of 10 to 12 images. Prizes include a Leica M camera and a lens worth EUR10,000 (US$10,857) in addition to a cash prize of EUR25,000 (US$27,144). The contest also features two more categories: the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award to any (prospective) professional photographer age 25 or under and the Leica Oskar Barnack Public Award.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship revolving Variable Non-U.S. journalism and communication professionals can spend a year pursuing non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration in the U.S. as a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow. In addition, fellows are encouraged to immerse themselves in American culture away from their host campus.
Foreign Press Association Scholarship Fund Awards 4/26 $2,500-$10,000 The FPASF is now accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship Awards from foreign students currently enrolled in a graduate journalism program in the United States of America. Scholarship awards will be presented in two categories: print and multi-media.
Institute of International Studies Dissertation Fellowships 4/14 Up to $15,000 The Institute administers funding opportunities for Ph.D candidates. The Simpson, Sharlin, and Bendix fellowships are a vital source of funding for graduate student disssertation research. All UC Berkeley graduate students in good standing who will formally advance to candidacy by Fall of 2017 are eligible.
Larry Whiteside Scholarship 3/1 $5,000 The scholarship has been increased to $5,000 this year and also includes a free trip to the NABJ Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans. The recipient will be introduced representatives from major media outlets across the country and have the opportunity to meet mentors and develop contacts throughout the industry.
George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters 3/31 $25,000 Writers of novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, plays, and screenplays, whose work engages with one or more of the following broad topical areas are welcome to apply: religion (which includes spirituality and ultimate questions of human existence) the arts, politics, economics, sports, and/or public affairs on the national or international level.
Islamic Scholarship Fund 4/9 Variable The Islamic Scholarship Fund is currently accepting scholarship applications. Minimum requirements to apply include 1) Being an active member of the Muslim community, 2) enrollment at an accredited U.S. university by Aug. 2017, 3) majoring in an ISF supported major, and 4) having a minimum GPA of 3.0
Armenian Women - Not Just a Pretty Face 11/30 $500 To promote awareness of the achievements of Armenian Women, Armenianwomen.org is offering a scholarship of $500 to eligible students after writing a 1,000+ word thesis for application.
BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting 4/1 $5,000 The BMI Foundation is currently accepting online applications for the BMI Founders Award, a $5,000 scholarship for students aspiring to careers in broadcast radio. The competition is open to students age 17 - 24 who are pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism or related majors.
California Civic Data Coalition Scholarship 1/22 Variable The California Civic Data Coalition is offering a scholarship for a student or journalist from the state to attend the annual National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) conference, scheduled for Jacksonville, Florida from March 2-5, 2017.
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Journalism 1/4 Variable FASPE Journalism is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of journalists in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study of contemporary journalism ethics. In 2018, the program will take place from Monday, May 21 to Friday, June 1.
UC Berkeley Big Ideas Contest 11/15 Up to $300,000 The Big Ideas contest was created to provide funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have ‘Big Ideas.’ Enter a 3-page proposal of creative solutions to solve pressing social challenges to win awards up to $300,000, as well as mentorship from topic area experts.
Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Scholarship 4/30 $900 The AAJA Sports Task Force is pleased to offer one scholarship to current college students interested in sports journalism, and one scholarship to recent college graduates (within 3 years) to help cover expenses related to travel and accommodations for the 2017 AAJA National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26 – 29. AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients.
US-Japan Journalism Fellowship TBA Variable This competitive fellowship exposes the participants to key leaders, policymakers, and innovators at the center of the policy debates shaping US-Japan relations, Japanese society, and the future of Asia. The program aims to develop a cadre of journalists who have a sophisticated understanding of the complex dynamics of US-Japan relations and, more broadly, the US role in Asia.
Ida B. Wells Fellowship 3/1 $10,000 The Ida B. Wells Fellowship was launched in March 2016 to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to their work. The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing a $10,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor. Fellows will receive funds to cover travel and other reporting costs, and the costs associated with attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference.
Getty Images Instagram Grant 3/12 $10,000 The purpose of this grant is to support photographers who document stories from under-represented communities around the world. We recognize that Instagram has opened new opportunities for emerging voices, outside the mainstream media, to create and share projects of social importance. This grant provides financial support and mentorship to amplify their impact.
Getty Images Editorial Grant 5/15 $10,000 The Grants for Photojournalism program has supported independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom and collaborative editorial support necessary in their pursuit of work that is personally important to them and which they would otherwise not have the time or resources to address. Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with compelling visual narrative in documentary feature format, taking into account the caliber of portfolio, project merit and professional ability.
Maxwell Gray Film Fellowship 3/27 $1,500 stipend and travel budget The Maxwell Gray Film Fellowship promotes college student mental health by producing original video content. Fellows will lead the production of one or more brief films to promote mental health awareness and help-seeking in college student populations for eight weeks at the University of Michigan.
The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program 10/1 and 4/1 Variable The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program offers a crash course in investigative journalism, with openings in San Francisco and Washington, DC. This is a full-time opportunity, starting in June and lasting six months, with the possibility of an additional six-month extension. It also supports emerging journalists and media professionals, allowing them to make invaluable contributions to a high-flying news organization.
The GroundTruth Project Reporting Fellowship 4/30 $8,400 stipend and travel budget The GroundTruth Project is offering a new reporting fellowship called “Crossing the Divide,” which will pull together a team of diverse, emerging journalists to join in a reporting journey across America at a time of deep social, political and economic divisions. Five selected journalists will be invited on a three-month reporting trip starting in late August and ending in mid-November 2017. The team will travel across the country from Massachusetts, through Kentucky, along the Mississippi River to Minnesota and on to Montana and then the northern coast of California.
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 3/1 $65,00 stipend and travel grant The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship seeks to promote the quality of responsible and discerning journalism that exemplified the work of Edward R. Murrow. Fellows spend nine months full-time in residence at CFR’s headquarters in New York to engage in sustained analysis and writing, expand their intellectual and professional horizons, and extensively participate in CFR’s active program of meetings and events.
Human Rights Center Fellowship 2/22 $5,000 These awards will enable students to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with organizations working on human rights issues related to a student’s area of interest. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the organizations’ work while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students' areas of research, academic focus, or career trajectory
Knight Science Journalism Fellowship 2/28 $70,000 The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting.Every year, the KSJ program offers ten science journalists a 9-month fellowship designed to enable them to explore science, technology, and the craft of journalism in depth, to concentrate on a specialty in science, and to learn at some of the top research universities in the world.
Global Journalism Fellowship 2/1 $10,000 The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto is seeking aspiring journalists with expert knowledge of complex topics for its Fellowship in Global Journalism. Participants will be mentored by a professional journalist while freelancing for major media outlets and attending journalism courses and lectures.
Knight-Bagehot Fellowship 2/15 $60,000 stipend and free tuition The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a yearlong, full-time program administered by the Journalism School.
Spencer Education Fellowship 1/31 $75,000 stipend and $7,500 research grant The Spencer Fellowship offers an extraordinary opportunity for journalists and educators in- and outside of the U.S. to spend an academic year at Columbia University researching and producing journalism about a significant topic in education. The fellowship is open to journalists who want to develop an ambitious longform journalism project geared for a large, general audience.
Alexia Foundation Student Grant 2/14 Tuition up to $15,000 and $1,000 grant The Alexia Foundation seeks applicants for its student photography grants, which aim to help photographers produce substantial picture stories that further the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.
RTDNF Fellowships 5/31 Variable Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. There are four active fellowships offered by RTDNF: N.S. Bienstock Fellowship, Michele Clark Fellowship, Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship, Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship.
Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship 3/10 $4,000 The Philip Brett LGBT Fund will provide an award of up to $4,000 in the spring or summer of 2017 to a UC Berkeley graduate student who is conducting research related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies in any field or discipline. Awardees shall demonstrate high academic distinction and excellence and shall be selected on a competitive basis by a faculty review committee evaluating the merits of the applications.
Victory Empowerment Fellowship 3/3 Registration, travel, and lodging costs The Victory Empowerment Fellowship is for LGBTQ leaders of color and/or transgender leaders who seek to expand their campaign skills and policymaking power and join a strong cohort of movement leaders from across the country. The Victory Empowerment Fellowship consists of two programs provided by the Victory Institute – the Candidate & Campaign Training and the International LGBTQ Leadership Conference – and a year-long mentorship program.
The Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism 4/12 Variable The goals of this fellowship are to increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and decrease incorrect, stereotypical information and to help journalists produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of mental health issues through exposure to well-established resources in the field. Journalists must propose an enterprise project on immigrant children and families for publication or broadcast.
Arthur F. Burns Fellowship 3/1 $4,000 The purpose of the program is to increase public knowledge and understanding about the two countries through mass media. Successful applicants will spend August and September living, working and reporting for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic. Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old, and be print, online or broadcast journalists. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged.
Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship 2/13 $75,00 full-time or $35,000 part-time The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program is nurturing a new generation of responsible journalists. This prestigious year-long program awards $75,000 full-time fellowships and $35,000 part-time fellowships for writing projects committed to advancing constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free-enterprise system.
Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program TBA Variable Sponsored annually by the United Nations Department of Public Information, the fellowship program is for junior and mid-level broadcasters and journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. It provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the UN and to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with UN communication professionals.
MBL Logan Science Journalism Program 3/1 Variable The Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL, founded in 1986, offers professional science journalists, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists a chance to forget about story deadlines and immerse themselves in the process of basic biomedical and environmental research. Room, board, lab fees, U.S. travel or partial foreign travel are covered for accepted fellows.
Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship 3/27 Variable The Bringing Home the World Fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. The program helps level the playing field and redress the inequality minority journalists often face by giving them the opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers.
Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant 5/22 $5,000 and travel stipend The Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors. The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.
UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship 3/15 $10,000 and travel stipend Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.
NPPF Scholarships 1/6 $2,000 NPPF scholarships are awarded to encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. Students’ portfolios compete for $16,000 in scholarships, as eight $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and all scholarships are open to any applicant.
Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism Early bird: 12/7; Final: 1/8 $500 Since 2004, the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism have recognized the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. Entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics.
NPR Kroc Fellowship 12/31 $40,000 The NPR Kroc Fellowship identifies and develops a new generation of extraordinary public radio journalists. Over the course of a year, the three Kroc Fellows get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.
Above the Fray Fellowship 7/1 Up to $24,000 The Above the Fray Fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories internationally. The ideal candidate will be selected based on a proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The Fellow will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.
The Markowski-Leach Scholarship 4/14 $2,000 The purpose of this scholarship is to assist in the education of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people who would then have an impact on other LGBTQ people through their works.The scholarship is for LGBTQ incoming, undergraduate, and graduate full-time students that demonstrate their dedication to excellence in their lives through service, education, or employment.
Martha’s Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism 2/15 $3,000 The Martha's Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism, created in association with the Noepe Center for the Literary Arts, will select a fellow who will work with reporters, editors and the Gazette's webmaster in the Vineyard Gazette newsroom on a specific project that draws on publicly available data sources to create a dynamic news page.
Albert Newman Fellowship for Visually-Impaired Students 4/10 $4,000 The Albert Newman Fellowship for Visually-Impaired Students is awarded to graduate students with substantial visual impairments, as documented by the Disabled Students Program.
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship 12/1 $75,000 stipend and tuition JSK Fellows spend their time at Stanford engaged in exploring solutions to the biggest challenges facing journalism. They do this by spending a significant portion of their time together, exploring innovative ideas that fall within one of five topic areas that are the focus of our program.
New York Times Student Journalism Institute 11/15 Variable During the program, students are working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times. Students cover actual events in New York City. Opportunities for students include reporting, copy editing, still photography, web production, newspaper page design, video journalism and interactive graphics and data journalism.
NYT James Reston Reporting Fellowship TBA $10,000 The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the fellows to stretch their journalistic skills with the help of some of the best reporters and editors in the country. Reston Fellows work in a department that reflects their skills and area of interest to report and write stories under the guidance of editors or senior reporters.
James Alan Cox Foundation Photojournalism Award 7/15 $2,500 The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age.
College Photographer of the Year Competition 10/2 Variable CPOY's greatest value is educational: it encourages photographers to sort through and evaluate their own work and assemble the best of it to show, both to peers and to the working professionals who donate their time to judge the contest. College Photographers of the Year have gone on to become outstanding professional photographers and leaders in the field of photojournalism.
Knight News Challenge 8/30 Variable The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding the best breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisers to help advance their ideas.
Jerry Jensen Memorial Scholarship 5/15 $3,000 The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) will award one graduate student scholarship for work in production, reporting, videography and writing. The Chapter awards these scholarships to encourage students who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational, and technical qualities of television.
Feldman Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Journalism 5/1 $5,000 The Dennis and Shirley Feldman Fellowship is named after a journalist and public relations adviser, who put himself through grad school at night, and his wife. The award is a one-year stipend of $5000 to defray postgraduate tuition costs for graduate students in journalism.
Pulliam Journalism Fellowship 11/1 $6,500 The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic, Gannett Co. newspapers, are seeking new graduates with a talent for reporting, news design and graphics, or photojournalism for an exciting and demanding journalism fellowship program.
NILRR William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship 12/31 $2,000 The William B. Ruggles Right to Work Scholarship honors the esteemed Texas journalist who coined the phrase “Right to Work” and contributed greatly to the movement’s advancement. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the student who exemplifies the dedication to principle and high journalistic standards of the late Mr. Ruggles.
NAHJ Knight Foundation Student Project 3/17 Variable Through the ongoing support of the Knight Foundation, twelve students will take part in an intensive, week-long submersion in a newsroom experience during the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, CA, September 7 – 9, 2017. NAHJ students will produce stories for the Latino Reporter Digital.
NBC News Group Summer Fellowship 2/24 $2,000 housing stipend NBC Universal, partnered with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, offers students the opportunity to join one of the NBC programs for summer 2017 as interns. Students will be paid hourly for 10 weeks and must be willing to live in New York City for the duration of the fellowship.
2017 NAHJ Ñ Awards 5/19 Variable The NAHJ Ñ Awards celebrate achievements in Print/Digital, Television, Photography and Radio categories. The NAHJ Elaine Rivera Civil Rights & Social Justice Award recognizes excellence in coverage of civil rights of Latino Americans and/or issues of social justice for Latinos.
CASW Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award 6/30 $1,000 The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award was created to recognize the contributions to journalism of both Ev Clark and Seth Payne. The Award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The winner will receive $1,000 and expenses to attend the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco in October 2017.
Taylor/Blakesee University Fellowship 3/1 $5,000 The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers fellowships of $5,000 to working journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in graduate-level programs in science writing. Journalists with at least two years of mass media experience are particularly invited to apply. CASW welcomes anyone who can show good writing skills and interest in science journalism to seek these fellowships.
World Conference of Science Journalists Student Travel Fellowship 3/13 Variable WCSJ will provide special training, mentoring, editing, and publication opportunities for students interested in writing, editing, or producing science news, information, or commentary for the public as a career. Priority for these fellowships will be given to U.S. and international students at the undergraduate level, although graduate students in the sciences or early-career writers without access to formal training programs in journalism also are welcome to apply.
NAJA Native American Journalism Fellowship 4/30 Variable NAJF is an opportunity for college and graduate students to deepen their reporting and multimedia skills, while learning from tribal journalists and news industry professionals from across the country. Students will report on issues surrounding the National Native Media Conference at EIJ17 in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 4-10.
Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism 10/15 Variable The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. The program’s aim is to provide training and support that will open doors to news and information careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States. Applicant must be a recent college graduate and committed to pursuing a career in journalism.
Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship 6/1 $2,500 The purpose of this scholarship is to honor Arab American students who excel in media studies (including journalism, radio, television, and/or film).
ZipRecruiter Scholarship 12/31, 3/31, 6/30, 9/30 $3,000 ZipRecruiter is a job search board that is committed to helping students succeed by helping students find jobs/internships for free. Our scholarship will reward the most creative one-page submission about student's job/ internship opportunities in their hometown/college-town.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a degree in a specific major to be considered for admission?

The J‑School admits applicants with a wide variety of Bachelor's degrees, from Anthropology to Zoology. An applicant with a technical or science background can approach reporting from a unique perspective. Your performance as an undergraduate is important, just as your commitment to reporting is important.

Are there any prerequisite courses that I need to have taken?

No specific prerequisite coursework is required beyond the successful completion of your bachelor's degree.

What counts as journalism experience?

The admissions committee looks for your dedication to becoming the best reporter you can be. Applicants who demonstrate solid reporting skills and a strong work ethic are favored. The most impressive applicants report stories that have not been previously reported, provide significant value to the community, lack personal bias, show meticulous research, sharp interviewing skills, integrity, and good judgment. Many do this while having an unrelated day job. Research and expertise in technologies and specific topics (eg biochemistry, data visualization) are also impressive to the admissions committee.

If I don't have any journalism experience, do I have a chance of being admitted?

If you have not done any reporting, then it is more difficult to be a successful applicant. However, the admissions committee looks closely at other qualifications and achievements that indicate you are a strong candidate. Also, those who produce journalistic work during the months before the deadline are impressive, and sometimes unpublished journalistic work can be as strong as published work. Finally, if you need more samples of work, one of the best ways to learn and improve your reporting techniques is to ask a journalist to mentor you. A good mentor will allow you to pitch him/her story ideas, show you storytelling techniques, and help you with the editing and connections you need to get your work published.

What GPA is required in order to be considered for admission?

UC Berkeley requires that all US Citizens who apply to graduate programs have an Advanced GPA of at least 3.0. An Advanced GPA is all grades received after your first two years of college-level course work. This grade calculator from the Graduate School of Education can help you calculate your Advanced GPA. Your Advanced GPA is required to submit the application, however we do not require a GPA calculation worksheet. If your grade is not based on a 4-point scale, as is the case for most international students, please enter your undergraduate cumulative GPA, as determined by your institution.


Occasionally an exception can be made if professional experience outweighs the significance of an applicant's performance in college. There is a text box on the application that you can use to provide an explanation about your grades. You can use this to explain why your grades do not reflect of your merit for a Master of Journalism.

What transcripts are required?

Applicants should have a BA or BS from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit transcripts for ALL college-level course work. Transcripts can be unofficial but must show degree conferred (if any), the institution’s name, and the applicant’s full name. Transcripts must be loaded into the online application as PDFs and must be legible. Hard copies will be required if admission is offered.

I took the GRE, should I submit my scores even though they are no longer required?

The GRE is important if you are applying for the FLAS fellowship or if you are applying for a concurrent program that requires it. Otherwise, you do not need to take or report a GRE score.

I took the GRE, should I submit my scores even though they are no longer required?

The GRE is important if you are applying for the FLAS fellowship or if you are applying for a concurrent program that requires it. Otherwise, you do not need to take or report a GRE score.

What are acceptable work samples?

Your three work samples as a whole should highlight your ability as a reporter and storyteller. Please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee is looking for evidence that you have basic reporting skills, which include story identification, thorough background research, fact checking, cultivating appropriate sources and quoting them directly, and storytelling abilities.

Work samples can be unpublished and they can be in any format: print, video, or audio pieces, multimedia pieces, online projects like data-driven stories, in-depth interactive graphics or interactive documentaries, or other abstract new media forms, such as VR, apps, or similar projects.

Work samples can be uploaded as PDFs, image or audio files, or submitted as URLs. If submitting a URL, be sure to include any additional information needed to access the materials online (e.g. if password-protected). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure a working link and full accessibility to materials during the review period of the application. Be sure it’s clear that you are either the sole author/producer of each work sample, or specify exactly what your role was in creating the piece using the provided text box on the application.

International applicants can send work samples in another language, so long as an English translation, by the applicant, is provided.

Does the Journalism School accept transfer credit from other institutions?


Does the Journalism School offer summer classes?

Undergraduates may enroll in the Summer Minor Program.  However, we do not offer graduate-level courses during the summer.

Can I apply to be a part-time student? Does the Journalism School offer any correspondence/online courses?

The program is a two-year, full-time Master of Journalism program. We only admit students each fall semester. For workshops and short courses, please visit Berkeley AMI which offers workshops and custom training programs for mid-career journalists.

How will the program work for me if I am interested in Documentary?

All applicants will be evaluated equally by the admissions committee. You must be a student in our journalism program before being considered for advanced documentary coursework. Enrolled students can begin taking Introductory TV Production courses in their first semester. At the end of the second semester, the students who show the most dedication and merit have the opportunity to enroll in advanced documentary classes.

Will it help me to submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

No. Please ask your three best recommenders to submit letters on your behalf. The admissions committee will not review more than three letters per applicant.

When do the letters of recommendation need to be submitted?

Your recommenders will be able to submit their letters after the December 1st deadline. However, please urge your recommenders to submit their letters as close to the deadline as possible so that we have them by the time your application is reviewed.

What if my recommender doesn't have a corporate email address?

If your recommender does not have a work or corporate email address, using a personal email address (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be fine.

Why are there two sections in the application for me to submit work samples?

You only need to submit your work samples one time. The Journalism Program section allows you to submit work samples as PDFs or URLs. The Audio/Visual Uploads section allows you to submit audio and video files. The type of file or link you choose to submit is up to you, we have no preference.

Do I fill out my employment history as well as submit a resume?

Yes. Please fill out the Employment section as well as upload a resume on the Supporting Materials section. No other materials are required for the Supporting Materials section besides the resume.

Will I automatically be considered for funding?

Yes, all applicants are automatically considered for need-based and merit-based funding. All applicants will receive their admissions notice in February. If you are admitted into the school, you will also receive an email around the same time with information on your financial aid package. We also encourage all applicants to apply for outside funding at the same time they apply to graduate school.

What is the time commitment and can I work while going to school?

This is an intensive full-time professional graduate program. It is basically impossible to work full time while in the program. It is hard to work at all during your first semester. After the first semester, the course schedule becomes a bit more flexible and it is possible to work part time. Some of our students freelance, some work on campus as Graduate Student Instructors, and some find other types of part-time employment. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute and the summer journalism minor will sometimes hire our students to help with their courses. The J-School offers about 15 merit fellowships to second-year students, which you can apply for towards the end of your first year. These are some of the ways our students earn money while attending school, but none of these is guaranteed and you must apply for all of them.