Multiple fellowships available for women journalists in various career stages

Journalism and Women Symposium, Anywhere, Other

Date PostedApril 21, 2017
IndustryDigital Media
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The Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization dedicated to supporting women in journalism, is offering 5 fellowships this year to 14 women. JAWS fellowships are open to women journalism professionals across all media platforms (radio, TV, magazine, newspaper, online, etc).

Applications open April 15 at Applications will close May 15.

Please apply!

About the fellowships:

Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.

The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

There are 5 types of fellowships available with a stipend that covers registration and travel expenses to the CAMP. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at The Arlington Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017.

JAWS fellowships are open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.

The Emerging Journalist Fellowship

Each year JAWS selects 10 women who are just starting careers in journalism. We are looking for journalists with at least one but no more than five years of professional journalism experience. Winners are selected based on a combination of merit, financial need and their potential contribution to JAWS as an organization that supports diversity across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, media platform, beat and location.

(While undergraduate students are welcome to attend CAMP, they are not eligible for this JAWS fellowship. Graduate students may apply.)

The Diversity Fellowship

The Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity. The goal of the Diversity Fellowship is to help the practice of journalism better reflect society. This is an opportunity for journalists who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including but not limited to women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

The Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship

The Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship supports a working newswoman with at least five years of experience chosen for the commitment to diversity represented in her work and interests, and whose work reflects the value of journalism in safeguarding a democratic society.

The Entrepreneurial Fellowship

The goal of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship is to help a woman journalist move forward with an innovative journalism project. Applicants should be journalists with a well-conceived project, the background that shows they can do it, and at least five years of professional experience. Preference will be given to JAWS members.

The Next Step Fellowship

Applicants should be at a career point where they want to shift gears and find new opportunities. They should have a substantive record of at least 15 years working as a journalist. Preference will be given to JAWS members.


Go to Applications will close May 15.

Most applications will require (check out each fellowship for details):

-A one-page resumé

-Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)

- Brief descriptions of your submitted samples

-One letter of recommendation from a current or previous editor, producer or supervisor in journalism.

-A personal statement that is specific to each fellowship and will be outlined in the application

If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact co-chairs Georgia Dawkins and Nikki Raz at For more info and updates about this year’s CAMP in Hot Springs, Ark., please visit the JAWS website at

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