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Offer: Got a Great Story to Report from Overseas? Apply now for 2009 IRP Fellowship

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Got a Great Story to Report from Overseas? Apply now for 2009 IRP Fellowship

Deadline: April 1, 2009

In 2009 the International Reporting Project will offer up to eight IRP Fellowships to U.S. journalists to carry out an individual reporting project from any country in the world outside of the United States. The program will begin August 27, 2009, in Washington D.C.

Among this year's Fellowships is one "IRP/Stanley Foundation Fellowship" for reporting on a story about loose nuclear materials.

How to Apply for the IRP Fellowships

Online Application | MS Word Application | Adobe PDF Application

Before applying, please read the following carefully:


In the fall of 2009 the International Reporting Project will offer up to eight IRP Fellowships to U.S. journalists to carry out a project reporting from any country in the world outside of the United States. The program will begin August 27, 2009, in Washington D.C. where IRP Fellows will spend two weeks at a program arranged at SAIS. IRP Fellows depart September 12 for a five-week period of individual international reporting. All IRP Fellows are required to return to Washington October 18 for a final period of presentations and discussions. Applications will be accepted from all U.S. journalists with at least three years' professional experience in any type of media. All applicants must complete an online IRP application form, which includes an essay of up to 1,000 words describing the proposed overseas project. A recommendation letter and work samples are also required.

As part of its 2009 program, the IRP will offer one “IRP/Stanley Foundation Fellowship” that will run concurrently with the other Fellowships. This award will be made to a U.S. journalist of any level of experience – including senior journalists – whose proposed international reporting project will focus on the challenge of securing loose nuclear material. All applicants for this Fellowship must complete the standard online IRP application form, including an essay of up to 1,000 words describing their proposed approach to this topic. Applicants for the IRP/Stanley Foundation Fellowship should propose a compelling international story that would focus on such topics as exploring the scope of unsecured nuclear material, how this material is handled in a particular country or the inherent difficulties, potential solutions or likelihood of securing this material. Deadline for applications is April 1, the same as for other IRP Fellowships. All applications must be submitted to the IRP at the addresses provided on the application forms.

Any U.S. journalist with at least three years of professional journalistic experience is eligible to apply for the fellowship program. The program is open to journalists from newspapers, magazines, wire services, radio, television and on-line news organizations. Freelancers are also invited to apply.
There is no minimal educational requirement for applicants, nor is there any minimum or maximum age for Fellows. Fellows are not required to have foreign-language skills or prior overseas experience, though both may be helpful. The most important criteria are an applicant's sincere interest in international issues, a curiosity about global events and a demonstrated record of journalistic ability.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or else be working as journalists in the United States as full-time employees of U.S.-based news organizations.

Applications will be considered incomplete unless all of the following materials are submitted:

All applicants must complete an application form provided by the International Reporting Project. Application forms are available by clicking the links at the top of this page. Application forms are also available by contacting the program office.

All applications must be accompanied by one letter of recommendation from either a supervisor, former supervisor or someone who knows the applicant’s work. The letters should address the candidate’s experience, potential and interest in pursuing an international story. All letters should be sent directly to the IRP by the writer of the recommendation and are due by April 1.

• Print journalists should submit a maximum of three samples of their work.
• Photojournalists may submit a maximum of seven images.
• Broadcast journalists should submit two samples of their work.
• Multimedia journalists should submit no more than three samples of their work.
Print stories should be photocopies sized 8.5 X 11 inches. Oversized copies will be discarded. Only photo prints or copies of prints will be accepted. Slides or photo CDs are not acceptable. Broadcast stories should be in either videotape, DVD, CD or audiocassette form.
Work samples cannot be returned to applicants.

All applicants are required to submit with their application forms an essay of between 800 and 1,000 words describing in detail the international news story project they plan to focus on during the fellowship. The essay should explain why this story is important, how the applicant became interested in it and why the applicant thinks it needs journalistic attention.

Applicants interested in the IRP Fellowships in International Journalism may propose to report from any country in the world outside of the United States. Some priority will be given to project topics such as international health, environment, conflict and post-conflict resolution, refugees and humanitarian assistance, press freedom, the role of women and children, cultural and religious change, Islamic world issues, economic development and social change and human rights issues.

All applicants should also provide a general outline of a work plan the journalist intends to follow during the Washington study period and during the five-week international phase of the program, giving as much detail as possible about sources to interview and destinations overseas. Finally, applicants should explain what they hope will happen to the project: will it be offered to their employer for use as a news story? Will it be offered as a story to another news organization?

It is recommended that applicants avoid proposing story projects that are similar to those done by current or recent IRP Fellows. Click here to see recent projects undertaken by the Fellows.
The program encourages applicants to submit proposals that represent a new direction for the journalist rather than a repetition of stories or experiences the candidate has already had. IRP Fellowships are all about “widening horizons,” trying something new, expanding a journalist’s knowledge and learning new things about different parts of the world.

The program discourages proposals in which applicants seek to “return to my family roots,” or that are essentially requests for funding to continue a long-term project, such as a book. While we recognize that experience in a country is a valuable tool for a journalist, the program is more likely to choose applicants whose projects represent a new experience in a region where they have not previously had an opportunity to work.

Address IRP Fellowships in International Journalism
The Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone (202) 663-7761
Fax (202) 663-7762


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