University of Oxford Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowship Programme 2019/2020 for media professionals (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 11 February 2019

The Reuters Institute, based at the University of Oxford, offers a limited number of Journalist Fellowships each year. The fully-funded Fellowships are aimed at practising journalists from all over the world, to enable them to research a topic of their choice, related to their work and the broader media industry, before returning to newsrooms. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to network with a global group of journalists, spend time away from the daily pressure of deadlines, and examine the key issues facing the industry, with input from leading experts and practitioners. Fellowships last one, two or three terms.


  • To be considered for a Fellowship you must have a minimum of five years’ journalistic experience, or in rare cases demonstrate the equivalent level of expertise.
  • You will be able to write at a publishable level of English, allowing you to participate in the fellowship and produce papers when necessary. If English is not your first language, please present suitable evidence (this is an original certificate no more than two years old and issued by the relevant body) that you are at a suitable standard. More information on the university’s English language requirements.

Academic development

You will work with an experienced supervisor, usually an Oxford academic or senior practitioner, to produce a research paper which will be published and promoted by the Reuters Institute. You will also benefit from the extensive learning facilities offered by the University of Oxford, including the world-famous Bodleian Library, and access to various seminars and lectures across the university. You are also encouraged to engage with the university’s cutting edge specialist research facilities, including centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese studies. During your Fellowship you will have visiting scholar status of Green Templeton College allowing you to use their facilities.

Industry insights

You will attend seminars given by a diverse and high-level range of guest speakers who will share their insights into key industry trends and developments. You will also visit world-class news organisations and gain insights into how they are approaching industry challenges. Previous visits have included trips to Thomson Reuters, the Financial Times, the BBC, the Economist and the Guardian.


  • Most Journalist Fellowships are fully-funded and cover living costs and accommodation. There are some opportunities for self-funded candidates.
  • Some Fellowships are open only to candidates who are employees of the sponsoring organisation.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to submit the following documents and information using our online application form (below):

  1. A full curriculum vitae/resume
  2. A personal statement outlining i) your journalistic values, ii) the major trends in the media landscape in which you work, and iii) a summary of what you think you would contribute to the Fellowship programme (no more than 500 words in total).
  3. A statement of up to 1,000 words explaining your proposed research project
  4. A reference from your employer, supporting your application and granting leave of absence – if you are a freelance journalist, we will accept a professional reference from a colleague or higher education tutor
  5. A second professional reference (e.g. former employer)
  6. A sample of your work (please see specific requirements below)
  7. Evidence you have the required English language ability, if English is not your first language (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by the responsible body) – please see more about the university’s language requirements


Please provide:

  • Three articles or reports (more than three will not be reviewed), including dates and names of the publications
  • A translation into English must accompany material published in other languages
  • Applicants in managerial or editorial positions for whom it would be difficult to send work samples should include a statement of up to 500 words describing their work


Please provide:

  • A link/URL to an example of your work via Vimeo or YouTube (maximum 10 minutes), plus a brief, written description of the material
  • A summary or transcription in English must accompany material in other languages
  • Applicants in managerial or editorial positions for whom it would be difficult to send work samples should include a statement of up to 500 words describing your work, including details of any major programmes for which you have been responsible


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowship Programme 2019/2020 


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