Applications are now invited for the DART CENTER OCHBERG FELLOWSHIP. This award is purposed to support worldwide journalists to participate in an intensive week-long program of seminars and discussions held at Columbia University in New York City. The winning fellows will be granted a fully-funded award during the program. To apply, the application packet must be submitted no later than 22 September 2017.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological pain, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Fellows attend an intensive week-long program of seminars and discussions held at Columbia University in New York City.
Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.
The Ochberg Fellowship covers round-trip travel, lodging, meals and expenses directly related to participation. The program does not cover travel or health insurance, additional nights of lodging beyond the Fellowship’s duration or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.
- The Ochberg Fellowships are open to outstanding journalists (with at least five years experience) working across all media.
- Past Fellows have ranged from small-town and regional general-assignment and crime reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations. Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities.
- Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and digital reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience are eligible to apply. Approximately half of the Fellows will be based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East.
- All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.
This 2017 online application deadline is Friday September 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
The Fellowship program will be held January, 15-20, 2018 at Columbia University in New York City.
APPLICATION SELECTION CRITERIA
Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship faculty and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor. Judges’ consider a variety of factors, with an emphasis on whether applicants:
- Demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath;
- Have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
- Will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.
- Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity, and overall group composition.
The judging committee will review applications and select 12 fellows for 2018. Selected fellows will be notified by email in early-November 2017.
There is no nationality restriction.
The application should be made online through the online system at the website link below.
Website and Application Link.
September 22, 2017.
FOR ENQUIRIES AND QUESTIONS
Please direct any question to Kate Black.
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