The Journalism Fellowship Programme at Oxford offers a practical form of professional assistance to established and mid-career journalists. Its purpose is to allow journalists to tackle subjects in greater depth than is possible under deadline pressure.
How it works
Around 25 journalists from around the globe study in Oxford each year on Fellowships of either three, six or nine months, covering one, two or all three terms of the academic year. Fellows may join the Institute in October, January or April.
Requirements of RISJ
Fellows are expected to produce a substantial piece of work to an academic standard. They are required to complete an 8,000-10,000 word research paper of publishable quality either as part of the Institute’s research output or independently (for example, as a survey of an important subject, magazine article or part of a book). Fellows may use multimedia in their work. Fellows have to present their research findings in a seminar open to the University.
There is a minimum requirement of 5 years’ full time professional journalistic experience and in order to take full advantage of the excellent facilities of the Institute and of Oxford University, a high level of spoken and written English is required.
What we offer
Each Fellow is assigned a supervisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the journalists’ chosen subject, to advise them on their research. Fellows will also be able to approach other faculty members to supplement and inform their research and are entitled to access to the wealth of information held in the Bodleian Library and other Oxford University facilities and resources.
They will be allocated membership of Green Templeton College with Visiting Scholar status, including dining and other rights, and as such are strongly encouraged to attend university seminars, lectures and classes on all relevant subjects. Of course, Fellows are also warmly invited to participate in the numerous academic and extracurricular activities of the group of mid-career international journalists based here in the RISJ offices in Norham Gardens.
There are numerous specialist facilities within the university, such as regional centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese Studies, and Fellows are more than welcome to take advantage of the University’s language laboratory and computer services. RISJ also organises regular seminars, debates, lectures and study trips: for instance, the RISJ seminar is held weekly during term-time at Green Templeton College as is an in-house seminar to which Fellows are expected to present a paper. The Reuters Institute also runs a weekly ‘Media and Politics Seminar’ jointly with Nuffield College.
No academic credits or qualifications can be obtained through the Fellowship Programme although a certificate is awarded on submission of the Fellows’ Research paper.
The Institute’s media expertise is bolstered by the related work of the Oxford Internet Institute, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and the Saïd Business School. The University also hosts many special events that may be of interest to Fellows.
Awards may include travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation.
Spouses and partners (including with dependents) are welcome but under no circumstances will the Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme pay the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents.
Fellows should note that there are three ways of funding a RISJ Journalism Fellowship:
1. For the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Gerda-Henkel Foundation and Mona Megalli Fellowships, applications for funding should be submitted directly to RISJ by the deadline given on this website;
2. For all other fellowships, please check your eligibility; applications should be submitted to the respective organisations;
3. Journalistsmay also arrange their own funding, but they should then approach the Head of Programme in the first instance before making a formal application.
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.
Other areas of research can be considered providing these are clearly related to the professional work of applicants and will lead to greater excellence in journalism.
Other Fellowships are available specifically for journalists from Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, Australia, Germany and Austria. Details of these can be found under Types of Fellowships.
Applications are also considered from journalists able to arrange their own funding (see Funding).
Fellowships may be for three, six or nine months covering one or two terms or a full academic year respectively. Dates of entry are agreed with the Head of the Fellowship Programme.
The deadline for applications for funded Fellowships in the academic year 2012-13 is 12.00 NOON, TUESDAY 31ST JANUARY 2012.
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