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Applications Open for 2023-24 TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships


The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. This prestigious Fellowship allows journalists to undertake enterprising and ground-breaking writing projects that are broadly supportive of the principles of a free society. Fellowship recipients spend a year researching and writing on a topic of their choosing. Each Fellowship provides $35,000 in grant funding and expense assistance, as well as relevant academic retreats, writing workshops, and an extensive mentorship network.

Print and online journalists with less than 10 years’ professional experience are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 28, 2023.


The Fellowships are named in honor of Robert D. Novak, longtime columnist, CNN broadcaster and reporter for the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. Since its founding in 1994, the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship has enabled more than 150 bright young journalists to engage in research and long-form content creation that they would not have been able to complete otherwise.

Jack Butler, Novak ’22, speaking at the 29th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner.

Jack Butler, Novak ’22, said he was grateful for the fellowship and that being associated with the program was “an incalculable benefit.”

“The organization’s reputation precedes it, both in terms of the work it does, and of the people who have been associated with it,” he said. “Being connected to TFAS, and being able to count myself among the ranks of its fellows, are some of the highest honors possible for someone in the world I occupy.”

He continued: “They alone would  — and do  — demand a deep gratitude, and a concomitant humility in attempting to prove myself worthy of the honors and of the institution that bestows them.”

Billy Binion, Novak ’22, an associate editor at Reason, was another of the seven writers selected for the 2022 Novak Fellowship with his project addressing the need for accountability and reform for law enforcement misconduct.

Billy Binion, Novak ’22, receives his award from TFAS Continuing Education Program Manager Ryan Wolfe.

“I would like to thank the panelists and everyone at The Fund for American Studies for giving me the chance to make the case that if you believe in the Constitution, if you believe in responsible and accountable government and most importantly, if you believe in the rule of law, then you must believe that those who enforce it should not be above it,” he said.

The 2023-24 Fellowship recipients will be recognized at the 30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner in New York City on Nov. 14, 2023, along with the recipient of the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism and recipients of the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award and the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism.

Apply Today

Visit TFAS.org/NovakApply to learn more and begin your application today. All application materials must be submitted by April 28, 2023. Fellowships begin Fall 2023. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

For questions or more information, please contact TFAS Manager of Continuing Education Programs Ryan Wolfe at rwolfe@TFAS.org.




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