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McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 2021

Deadline: 16 July 2021
Open to: anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism.
Benefits: a grant of up to USD 15,000 for each project


Are you a journalist with a great idea for a story that “Follows the Money,” but no funds to get it done? The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism would like to hear from you.

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, began offering reporting fellowships in the summer of 2014. They provide grants and editorial support to experienced journalists that enables them to do the deep reporting necessary to produce high-impact investigative and enterprise stories that tackle critical issues related to the global economy, finance and business.

The McGraw Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship. They work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. They also assist with placing the articles in established print, radio or digital outlets.


  • Open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism.
  • Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization or a journalism non-profit, may apply.


The Fellowship provides a grant of up to USD 15,000 for each project. The exact amount will depend on the time it takes to complete the project and the expenses needed; freelance journalists may also use some of the funding as a stipend for living expenses during the Fellowship.

How to apply

They generally accept applications twice a year. The deadline for Winter 2021 Fellowships is February 12, 2021. Applications for the Summer 2021 Fellowships will be due July 16, 2021.

Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.

For more information, please visit the official webpage.