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Applications are now open for the 2023-24 Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism.

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Application Deadline: January 17, 2023 

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. Apply todayapplications are due by Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

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Applications are currently closed. For questions, please contact Ryan Wolfe at rwolfe@TFAS.org.

The Rago Fellowship is awarded annually to one rising journalist of outstanding character and ability to complete a nine-month internship with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team. Recent college and journalism school graduates, and working journalists with less than five years of professional experience are welcome to apply. Applicants should have a commitment to pursuing a career in journalism and should already have some experience with writing or editing in a serious journalistic context, either in school or professionally. A demonstrated ability to multitask and meet deadlines is critical for success. Candidates will be notified whether they have been chosen as semifinalists in early February. Semifinalists will be asked to complete a brief interview and editing test. Finalists will be selected several days after completing the semifinalist round. Finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges from The Wall Street Journal, the Rago family, and The Fund for American Studies in mid-February. The fellowship begins in September. 

The application form requires the following information and materials:

    • Cover letter 
    • Resume or CV 
    • Three published journalistic writing samples
    • A sample editorial of between 500 and 600 words that could appear in The Wall Street Journal
    • A personal essay of no more than 1,000 words about an experience which affected the development of your character
    • One letter of reference from someone familiar with your writing. References can submit their letter here or via email to Ryan Wolfe, manager of continuing education programs, at rwolfe@TFAS.org.