Applications for the 2015-16 O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism are now being accepted. The deadline for applications will be Jan. 31, 2015.
This is a reporting fellowship. If you are looking for a sabbatical, this is not the program for you. O’Brien Fellows will return to their newsrooms after an academic year with a world-class project and a paid Marquette student intern for summer 2015. Once selected each fellow must agree to:
- Spend the academic year working out of an office in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Engage with Marquette students and faculty in the pursuit of his/her fellowship project.
- Participate in a two-day conference spotlighting the work of the fellowship project – an event the college will produce and host at Marquette on Oct. 8-9, 2015.
Applicants must have at least five years professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may work as journalists for news or editorial departments of newspaper, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.
- A stipend totaling $65,000, with health insurance and benefits if the fellow’s employer does not provide them, or if he or she works as an independent journalist.
- A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area: $4,000 for a single, married or partnered fellow, $6,000 for a fellow with one child, $7,000 for a fellow with two children, $8,000 for a fellow with three or more children.
- A moving allowance between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on family size and distance. (Fellows from the Milwaukee metropolitan area are not eligible for a moving allowance.)
- A travel allowance up to $4,000 depending on the nature of the project.
- Up to $4,000 technology, research and equipment allowance for project-related expenses.
- Fellows and their spouses are eligible during the fellowship for tuition remission (up to seven credits) for courses offered by Marquette University.
- A proposal to produce a rigorous, multimedia public service journalism project with the potential to have major impact, lead to significant reform, and investigate and explain how individuals and groups can identify creative solutions to social problems.
- The ability to complete the project during the fellowship – and from Milwaukee.
- The ability to integrate Marquette students as part of a reporting team.
- The capacity to ensure the greatest possible exposure for the reporting once completed.
Method 1 (preferred):
We provide space below for you to link to your supporting files from a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or from your personal or company’s website. This allows us to view your materials online and is how we prefer to receive them.
If you are unable to send us a link to your materials, you may email them to us at [email protected] with the subject « O’Brien Application Materials: Your Name. »
As a last resort, we will accept physical copies of materials at the mailing address below. These materials won’t be returned to you. Please call us before sending them.
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