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IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2024 – How to Apply

IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2024: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and Boston Globe correspondent who was killed in Iraq in May 2003.

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Application Deadline: 23rd April 2023

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): Fellowship begins in Boston with an internship at the Boston Globe and research/coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies

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About IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship: The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides academic and professional opportunities to advance the reporting skills of women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice.

The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media.

The Fellow will complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and journalism internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

The flexible structure of the program will provide the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills.

Past fellows have taken advantage of opportunities to publish work under their byline through various media outlets.

Type: Fellowship (Career)

Eligibility: 

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  • The IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women, non-binary and gender non-conforming journalists whose work focuses on human rights and social justice issues.
  • All applicants for the Neuffer Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience. Internships and journalism-related work completed as a university student do not count as professional experience. Applicants may be affiliated or freelance journalists.
  • Journalists from any country around the world are eligible to apply. However, applicants must speak, read, and write English fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship.

Selection: The fellow will be selected by a committee made up of family and friends of Elizabeth Neuffer and IWMF Advisory Council members. Consideration of candidates will be based on their complete applications, the caliber and promise of their reporting on human rights and social justice issues, and their personal statements explaining how the fellowship would be a transformative experience for their careers. Finalists for the fellowship may be interviewed by the IWMF and the Fellowship selection committee.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship: 

  • A fixed monthly stipend will be provided to cover housing, meals, and ground transportation during the fellowship.
  • Round-trip economy airfare will be purchased from the fellow’s place of residence to Washington, D.C., and from Washington, D.C., to the fellowship city.
  • The fellow will receive health insurance during the program.
  • The fellowship does not include a salary.
  • For fellows residing outside of the United States, the fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa.
  • The fellow will be fully responsible for any additional incidental expenses and other costs.

During this fellowship, the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and participate in internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program allows Fellows to pursue academic research and hone reporting skills. Past Fellows have taken advantage of opportunities to publish work under their bylines through various media outlets. Fellows have explored a wide range of under-reported issues including gender-based violence, indigenous rights, and religious intolerance.

Duration of IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship: Twelve months

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship Schedule:

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  • April 23, 2023: Applications due
  • June 2023: Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow will be selected
  • January 2024: Fellowship begins in Boston with an internship at the Boston Globe and research/coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies
  • May 2024: Fellow moves to New York for internship at The New York Times
  • June 2024: Fellowship ends

How to Apply for IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship: Submit a complete online application form with the following information in link below.

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Important Notes: Family members are welcome to accompany the fellow. However, the IWMF will not be responsible for any arrangements or expenses related to the travel and residence of family members, including support of visa applications.

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