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Fully paid 2021 women fellowship at MIT and NYT

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Frankfurt, 02.02.2021, 16:42 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Jochen Raffelberg Bericht 5993x gelesen

Frankfurt [ENA] International women reporters that focus on human rights and social justice are invited to apply for a 2021 seven-month fellowship at the New York Times and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). According to organizers a fixed monthly stipend will be provided to cover their living costs, plus expenses including airfare, housing and health insurance. The application deadline is 25 February.

Eligible are print, broadcast and online female journalists with a minimum of three years of experience in journalism. Non-native English speakers must also have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. Freelance journalists may apply. The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and Boston Globe correspondent who was killed in Iraq in May 2003. The selected journalist will spend an academic year in a program with access to MIT's Center for International Studies and media outlets like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

The seven-month fellowship begins in the fall and concludes in the spring every year. The program includes both an orientation and closing session in Washington, D.C. Neuffer Fellows are based at the MIT Center for International Studies in Cambridge. Working with the IWMF, they design a program that will enable them to pursue academic research while improving their ability to cover human rights and social justice issues. Following the fall semester, Neuffer Fellows are based in New York City where they complete a full-time internship at The New York Times from February to March. The Neuffer Fellowship is open to women-identifying and non-binary journalists whose work focuses on human rights and social justice issues.

All applicants for the Neuffer Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience. Internships and journalism-related work completed as a university student do not count as professional experience. Applicants may be staff or freelance journalists. Journalists from any country around the world are eligible to apply. However, applicants must speak, read and write English fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship. Candidates must answer questions in a “Statement of Interest” including why this is a good time in a career to participate in the Fellowship; and what is the single most important goal one hopes to achieve with the Fellowship?

Neuffer Fellows receive an unspecified fixed monthly stipend to cover their living costs. The IWMF also arranges and covers their cost of housing in Cambridge and New York City. The IWMF purchases round-trip economy airfare from the fellow’s place of residence to Washington, D.C., as well as transportation between the Fellowship cities. The fellow receives health insurance during the program. The Fellowship does not include a salary. For participants residing outside of the United States, the Fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa. Family members can accompany the fellow but the IWMF will not pay any expenses related to the travel and residence of family members.

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