The GroundTruth Project has provided more than 100 fellowships to report on issues of social justice, including public health, the environment, religion, humanitarian crises and human rights. GroundTruth provides fellows with journalism security training, funding for reporting time and expenses, and editorial mentorship to produce award-winning journalism.


GroundTruth develops fellowships aimed at talented, early-career journalists of different mediums, including print, photography, film and radio broadcast. Our fellowships vary in structure and length as we pilot innovative approaches to cultivating talent, but they all focus on being on the ground to tell the story. We work with journalists around the world to foster country-to-country, people-to-people partnerships and learning. Work produced during the fellowship is published as a special report on GroundTruth’s website and published through editorial partnerships with major news outlets.


Please read our Fellowships Statement for more information on our approach to fellowship programs. For inquiries about GroundTruth’s fellowship programs and partnership opportunities, contact Please note GroundTruth accepts applications only for open call opportunities; please apply according to instructions in open calls below.


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Current Fellowships


GroundTruth/Northwell Health Podcast Fellowship

This fellowship will assemble a team of reporters and editors to produce a five-episode series of podcasts that will rely on narrative storytelling to assess the growing problem of opioid addiction. The reporting will focus on the stories of providers and patients, and steps being taken to correct the gaps in the health care delivery system. The fellowship is open to recent graduates of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. See the full announcement here.


Climate Change Reporting Fellowships

GroundTruth has offered 20 fellowships to emerging journalists to document the human consequences of climate change in vulnerable communities. GroundTruth has paired local and international journalists into multimedia teams to conduct field reporting around the world, including in the Philippines, the Netherlands, the United States, Indonesia, Kenya, Somalia and the Arctic Circle. Special Report: Living Proof: The Human Toll of Climate Change.


Middle East Reporting Fellowship

The fourth annual GroundTruth Middle East reporting fellowship is again offered in the spirit of James Foley, the American freelance reporter who was murdered by the self-described Islamic State in Syria in 2014. We welcomed proposals from emerging journalists on youth and culture in the Syrian refugee crisis — themes which too often go unreported amid a focus on conflict coverage.The winner is a Lebanese-American journalist who will explore Syrian music across the diaspora of refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Germany. Meet Jahd Khalil


GroundTruth Films Climate Change Fellowship

GroundTruth will award five film fellowships to early-career documentary filmmakers. The centerpiece of the project will be a series of original, short films from around the world focused on climate change and its impact on the health of women and children. See the full announcement here


Recent Fellowships


GroundTruth/theCUBE ‘Women in Tech’ Fellowship

Two top, emerging journalists will be chosen for this month-long reporting fellowship in October 2016, which includes reporting from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. See the full announcement here


COP21 Reporting Fellowships

COP 21 fellowship

In November 2015, GroundTruth launched its inaugural climate change fellowship. GroundTruth selected six fellows hailing from the US, Norway, France, and Kenya to travel to Paris to cover the United Nations Convention COP21 — which has been called the most important international gathering on climate in history. During the four-week fellowship, fellows produced live coverage of the historic event, developing sources and ideas and receiving training and mentorship from veteran correspondents. The fellows captured the energy as the conference neared its final decision, covering both the protests in the streets and the high-level conversations behind the conference walls. Special Report :“A Climate of Hope.”


Humanitarian Reporting Fellowships

Humanitarian fellowship

The number of migrants has surpassed 60 million for the first time, according to the UN. This dramatic moment in history requires the craft of journalism to be better at telling the story of migrants and refugees and the complex issues driving these mass movements. Responding to this need, GroundTruth ran a pilot fellowship program on humanitarian reporting in January 2016 through a partnership with World Vision International. The fellowship provided the opportunity for two emerging visual journalists to report from refugee camps in the Lebanon and Jordan, under the guidance and mentorship of GroundTruth founder and long-time foreign correspondent Charles Sennott. Special Report: “Border of Despair: Syrians fear losing a generation to war.


Middle East Reporting Fellowships

Middle East fellowship

The annual Middle East Reporting Fellowship is made possible with the support of The Correspondents Fund.  The fellowship is offered in the spirit of great foreign correspondents who died on assignment in Syria, including James Foley, the American freelance reporter, New York Times’ Anthony Shadid, and Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times of London who was killed in Syria also in 2012. The fellowship focuses on creative ways to tell the stories of Syrian people in ways that do not require conflict reporting. 2015 Special Report: “From Syria with Baklava” 


Global Health Fellowships

Global Health fellowship

In this tumultuous time for journalism, news organizations across the country are slowing down their global health coverage. With the support of the Kaiser Family Foundation, The GroundTruth Project offered 15 fellowships to recent graduates of Columbia Journalism School to research and report for a health-focused special reports. Special Reports: The Next Outbreak: Tracking Pandemic Preparedness , Branding Health, Step by Step: The Path to Ending Child Mortality, Aids: A Turning Point, and Healing the World


‘Generation TBD’ Fellowships

Generation TBD fellowship

Generation TBD is a global exploration of the youth unemployment crisis. Chosen from more than 400 applicants who proposed stories in 90 countries across six continents, the selected 21 fellows reported from 11 countries for “Generation TBD” — named for the estimated 290 million young men and women around the world whose futures are “to be determined,” as employment, education and training remain out of their reach. The GroundTruth Project reporting fellowship culminated in October, 2014 with a global conference hosted by International House in New York City that convened thought leaders, journalists and social entrepreneurs to highlight the issue of youth unemployment and to search for solutions to the problem. Special Report: Generation TBD 


The Galloway Reporting Fellowships in Africa

Galloway fellowship

The Galloway Family Fund awarded talented reporting fellows the opportunity to work collaboratively under the editorial direction of The GroundTruth Project to carry out a series of human rights-related assignments in Africa. Special Report: Forced Out: Africa’s LGBT Refugees



‘A Burmese Journey’ Fellowships

Burmese Journey fellowship

A group of 20 top, young journalists – 11 from Myanmar and nine from the United States – set out on a series of journeys through a country undergoing dramatic change. They formed five teams chosen for a highly competitive reporting fellowship which was put together as a partnership between The GroundTruth Project and the New York City-based Open Hands Initiative. Special Report: A Burmese Journey


‘Egypt: Covering a Revolution’ Fellowships

Egypt fellowship

The GroundTruth Project, in collaboration with the Open Hands Initiative, brought together 17 top young journalists – eight Americans, nine Egyptians – to participate in the “Covering a Revolution” Reporting Fellowship in Cairo from October 12-23, 2011. Working together, the American and Egyptian writers, videographers and photographers covered five “beats” critical to understanding and telling the story of the Egyptian revolution: Arts & Culture, Economy & Tourism, Human Rights & Justice, Politics & Governance and Religion & Minorities. Special Report: Tahrir Revisted: Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution