Reuters Journalism Fellowships at the University of Oxford, UK

Deadline: 1 February 2011
Open to: mid-career journalists with at least 5 years of work experience
Fellowship: a monthly stipend plus travel costs

Applications are invited for the 2011/12 Reuters Fellowship program at Oxford University for mid-career journalists. Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in any branch of journalism and good spoken and written English.

The program enables visiting around 25 journalists from around the world to do research in Oxford for a period of three, six or nine months. Fellows enjoy an opportunity to critically reflect upon their profession, to research a subject of their choice under the supervision of an academic specialising in that area, and to enjoy the breadth of academic, cultural and social life at the University of Oxford. This is not a degree program but fellows are expected to write a substantial piece of research of publishable quality. Fellows may join the Institute in October, January or April.


The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme offers fully funded Fellowships to well established mid-career journalists from throughout the world. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in any branch of journalism and demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to be able to participate fully in the life of the Programme and write a research paper in English of publishable quality.

Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the areas of focus of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Details of these can be found within Research.


Fellows at the RISJ on Thomson Reuters Foundation, Gerda-Henkel and Mona Megalli Fellowships will receive a monthly stipend from the RISJ for their living costs during their stay in Oxford, as well as covering travel costs within reason.

Below is an estimated breakdown by the RISJ of the costs that Fellows (without dependents) can reasonably expect to incur over the course of their placement.

3 months                       6 months                           9 months
Accommodation           £1,400 – £1,700        £2,800 – £3,400        £4,400 – £5,200
Food                                  £700 – £900                £1,400 – £1,800         £2,400 – £2,800
General living costs     £700 – £900                £1,400 – £1,800         £2,400 – £2,800
TOTAL                               £2,800 – £3,500       £5,600 – £7,000        £9,200 – £10,800

Application process

An online application system will be in place shortly. However, these are the materials you will need:

1. Completed application form (download here).
2. A full curriculum vitae
3. A personal statement  outlining  i) your journalistic values,ii) the major trends in the media landscape in which you work, and iii) a summary of what you think you would contribute to the Fellowship programme  (no more than 500 words).
4. A statement of up to 1,000 words explaining your proposed research project
5. A reference from your employer, supporting your application and granting leave of absence
6. A second professional reference (e.g. former employer).

Print Journalists
* Please provide three articles or reports (more than three will not be reviewed), including dates and names of the publications.
* A translation into English must accompany material published in other languages.
* Applicants in managerial or editorial positions for whom it would be difficult to send work samples should include a statement of up to 500 words describing their work.

Broadcast Journalists
* A video, audio-cassette or CD/DVD (maximum 10 minutes) with an example of your work, plus a brief, written description of the material. Please note that other formats cannot be accepted.
* A summary or transcription in English must accompany material in other languages.
* A statement of up to 500 words describing your work and including details of any major programmes for which you have been responsible.

The deadline will be 1st February 2011.


The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Oxford
13 Norham Gardens
OX2 6PS, Oxford
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1865 611090

The official webpage.

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