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Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Application


Applications are currently closed for the 2018-19 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Applications for the 2019-20 program will open during the winter of 2018-19.

  • 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 www.TFAS.org/Novak.

    To apply, fill out and submit the following online form and required materials. This form will ask you for the following items:

    • 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 letters from three references sent to us directly. All materials, including the reference letters, must be received by Feb. 12, 2018.

    Any materials you are unable to submit via this application form can be emailed to:

    Daniel McCarthy
    TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

    *  If you are serving as a reference for a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship applicant, please click here and fill out the form.