Covering the Refugee Crisis: A New GroundTruth Reporting Fellowship

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Update, December 7: We want to thank all who applied for this fellowship. We received over 300 applications, which far exceeded the amount we anticipated. We will give each of these applications careful consideration and we intend to announce winners by the end of the week. Stay tuned to this space for news on an announcement, and follow us on social media.

BOSTON – The GroundTruth Project is announcing a two-week reporting fellowship to cover the Middle East refugee crisis through the lens of on-going humanitarian efforts to help Syrians and Iraqis survive another harsh winter in host countries such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

This fellowship will begin in mid-January and will be awarded to two visual journalists early in their career. We are looking for a photographer and a videographer who will be open to working together as a team led in the field led by GroundTruth founder and veteran Middle East correspondent Charles Sennott.

The fellowship will include funding to cover all travel, lodging and insurance for this journey and a modest stipend for the fellows. It will also include an introduction to risk assessment and safety training.

The team will work together to find the human stories, particularly those of children, and a narrative thread woven through the historic movement of millions of refugees fleeing war and instability.

This fellowship is made possible with support from World Vision, a child-focused aid and development organization which works in more than 100 countries to help communities find long-term solutions to poverty and injustice. World Vision is a faith-based NGO that serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

While working in partnership with World Vision, The GroundTruth Project will retain full editorial control of the project and publish it through existing editorial partners.

To apply for this fellowship, please send a resume, a cover letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you should be considered and no less than three links to samples of your work.

Please send applications via email with the subject line “COVERING THE REFUGEE CRISIS” and address cover letters to GroundTruth Managing Editor Kevin Grant at kgrant (at)

The deadline for applications is December 1 and winners will be announced December 7.