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Thank you for your interest in the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. The application deadline for the 2020-21 Novak Fellowship is now closed.

Apply for a 2020-2021 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. The final application deadline is April 6, 2020. Please see below for information on the application process or click here to begin your application today.

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Applications for the 2018–19 program are now open. The deadline for all applications and required materials is Feb. 12, 2018. Apply Today!

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships are intended to allow journalists early in their careers to pursue major reporting and research projects they would otherwise be unable to undertake. Applicants should have less than 10 years’ experience as professional journalists and must be U.S. citizens. Projects are expected to include some reporting component and to be broadly supportive of the principles of a free society. Fellowships provide $35,000 in grant support and expense assistance. A second tier – “Full Fellowships” – provides grant support and expense assistance up to $75,000, with the expectation that Full Fellows will not have other full-time employment for the duration of their fellowship. For more information about the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program, visit

The application form requires the following information and materials:

  • Fellowship proposal
  • Published work samples
  • CV or resume
  • Budget statement
  • Essay of 3,000 to 4,000 words on the proposal subject (Full Fellowship tier only)

Additionally, we ask that you have two letters of reference sent to us directly via our reference form.All materials, including the reference letters, must be received by April 8, 2019.

Daniel McCarthy
TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

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