2014 Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships for Journalist.


Application Deadline: February 15 2014

The Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions with innovative ideas to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Because of the ongoing financial challenges to sustain quality journalism.

There are three types of Fellowships:

1. RJI Residential Fellow

Designed for persons, inside and outside media industries, who want to pursue solutions to journalism problems or who have an idea that would explore new opportunities. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism.

You must reside in Columbia for the duration of this fellowship.

  • WHO: Anyone above the age of 18
  • WHEN: Sept. 1, 2014
  • HOW LONG: 8 months (two academic semesters)
  • HOW MUCH: Fellows receive a $10,000 a month stipend and a one-time $10,000 allowance to use for relocation or housing.
  • DEADLINE: Feb. 15, 2014

2. RJI Non-residential Fellow

Designed for entrepreneurial individuals with a strong interest in journalism and issues related to digital communications. Your fellowship can be about something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer.

You do not need to live in Columbia, Mo., but will need to make occasional visits to consult with RJI leadership and staff.

  • WHO: Anyone above the age of 18
  • WHEN: Starting date is negotiable
  • HOW LONG: 8 months
  • HOW MUCH: Fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, payable monthly for eight months at $2,500/month, plus some research and travel support
  • DEADLINE: Feb. 15, 2014

3. RJI Institutional Fellow

Designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas inside newsrooms, ad departments, board rooms, break rooms, etc., that for various reasons can’t get any traction. RJI will work with a leader at a company or institution who will identify an employee who can develop an idea or lead a team that could do it.

  • WHO: Managers and executives from institutions or companies
  • WHEN: Starting date is negotiable
  • HOW LONG: 8 months
  • HOW MUCH: $20,000 payable to the company or institution, in four $5,000 payments
  • DEADLINE: Feb. 15, 2014

The questions

Each answer should be 250 words or less.

  1. Are you interested in a residential, non-residential or institutional fellowship?
  2. Describe the idea you would like to pursue.
  3. Outline some of the key issues you would need to tackle to bring your idea to fruition.
  4. Tell us what a successful outcome of your fellowship would be.

In addition, please include the following information at the top of your document:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Education
  • Employer and/or related work experience

How to apply

In a Word document, answer the four questions below and give us some contact and other personal info. Send the document with a short cover e-mail to Roger Gafke, RJI’s selection committee chairman, at [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships


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