The Ferriss – UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship


The Ferriss – UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship

The Ferriss – UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship offers journalists reporting grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to report in-depth print and audio stories on the science, policy, business and culture of this new era of psychedelics. In addition to underwriting individual stories, the Fellowship aims to establish and nurture a new generation of journalists covering the frontlines of this rapidly changing field. We’re looking for big, underreported, narratively compelling stories placed in rich political, economic, scientific, and cultural contexts. We are committed to supporting journalists from diverse backgrounds and of all nationalities.

How to Apply

Application available December 1st

We will accept applications twice annually, on January 31 and July 31. Reporting grant applicants will need to submit a well-researched and compelling story pitch, a budget estimate, three published or aired work samples, a resume, and two letters of reference. Although not required, a letter from a media outlet expressing interest in publishing or airing your story will substantially improve your chances of receiving a grant.

  • The application form will go live here on December 1, 2021.
  • Fellows will be chosen by a panel of working editors and journalists.
  • We do not assign stories and cannot consult on proposals or story pitches before they are submitted. We do not accept proposals via email.
  • Awards are intended to cover reporting costs. We expect news organizations to pay journalists for their work once it is published or aired.

Our People


Malia Wollan

Malia Wollan is editor-in-chief of journalism projects at UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics and director of the UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Public Radio, KQED, New York Magazine, Fast Company, the Associated Press, PBS’s Frontline/World and elsewhere.

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is a professor at the graduate school at UC Berkeley and the author of nine books, including How To Change Your Mind and This is Your Mind on Plants. His previous books include Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times Bestsellers. The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of the year by both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Pollan teaches journalism in the English department at Harvard University and at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a co-founder of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, where he leads the public education program, the first effort by a public university to help foster well-informed and sophisticated journalism on psychedelics.

Contact Us

The Ferriss – UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
121 North Gate Hall #5860, Berkeley, CA 94720

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