The Persephone Miel Fellowship for Media Professionals

Deadline: 15 February 2015
Open to: journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers, filmmakers, media professionals who reside outside the U.S.
Fellowship: travel grant of US $5,000


The Persephone Miel Fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews, is designed to help media professionals outside of the United States, to do the kind of reporting they have always wanted to do, and enable them to bring their work to a broader international audience.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will provide a travel grant  for  reporting project on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream media. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process based on the scope of proposed work and intended outcomes. Payment of the first half of the grant is disbursed prior to travel, upon receipt of required materials, and the second half on submission of the principal work for publication/broadcast.


The Persephone Miel fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists as well as freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S. who are seeking to report from their home country. Women and journalists from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be proficient in English.


The Pulitzer Center will provide a travel grant of US $5,000 for a reporting project on topics and regions of global importance.

Before beginning the travel project the Persephone Miel Fellow will come to Washington, DC, to meet with Pulitzer Center staff and journalists and take part in a 2-day workshop on the pending project and strategies for placement and outreach. The Pulitzer Center will provide US $2,500 to cover travel expenses associated with the Washington workshop.


Submit the application online here. Applications include the following:

  • A description of the proposed project, including distribution plan, in no more than 250 words;
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Travel grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting; do not include stipends for the applicants. Fixer/translator/driver fees are acceptable;
  • Three samples of published work, either print or broadcast;
  • Three professional references. These can be either contact information, or letters of recommendation. The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available;
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.

Applications may also include a more detailed description of project but this will be considered as optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary.

Deadline for application is 15 February 2015.

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