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, and hear from some of our past fellows on the value of their GroundTruth experience. For inquiries about GroundTruth’s fellowship programs and partnership opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note GroundTruth accepts applications only for open call opportunities; please apply according to instructions in open calls below. See a list of current and past GroundTruth reporting fellows here.
Open Calls for Applications
Middle East Reporting Fellowship
The James W. Foley Middle East Fellowship supports a freelance journalist seeking to report stories in the Middle East that are under-covered by the mainstream media. As part of the $10,000 grant, the journalist receives a stipend and a budget that will include relevant risk assessment and Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT), as well as medical insurance and field reporting expenses. For the 2019 fellowship, we encouraged applicants to present proposals for stories about education, health, culture, art, food, faith and other expressions of life in a region where too often reporters cover only conflict. For more about how to apply, see here.
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GroundTruth Films Climate Change Fellowship
GroundTruth has awarded 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.
Woods Hole Climate Change Reporting Fellowship with WCAI
This was a six-month environmental reporting fellowship with NPR affiliate WCAI, covering Massachusetts’ cape and islands. Two audio reporting fellows filed regular stories for broadcast and digital, and also worked with WCAI on a larger “capstone” project related to climate change.
GroundTruth/WGBH ‘Crossing the Divide’ Fellowship
Crossing the Divide was a cross-country reporting road trip during the fall of 2017. At a time of deep divisions in America, five early-career journalists traveled together from east to west to explore and report on the issues that divide us and stories that unite us. View their work here, and see the behind-the-scenes of their journey here.
‘Women in Tech Leadership’ Fellowship
The Women in Tech Leadership Fellowship was created to cover ‘the backslide’ in women’s inclusion and representation in tech leadership in the Boston area. During the month-long fellowship in October 2017, three Boston-area fellows took an enterprising, solutions-based approach to their reporting. The fellowship included reporting from the Grace Hopper Celebration in Computing in Orlando. See their work here.
GroundTruth/Northwell Health Podcast Fellowship
This fellowship assembled a team of reporters and editors to produce a five-episode series of podcasts that relied on narrative storytelling to assess the growing problem of opioid addiction. The reporting focused on the stories of providers and patients, and the steps being taken to correct the gaps in the health care delivery system in the state of New York. Podcast Season: The Fix: Treating New York’s Opioid Crisis
Climate Change Reporting Fellowships
Twenty emerging journalists documented the human consequences of climate change in vulnerable communities. GroundTruth 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.
GroundTruth/theCUBE ‘Women in Tech’ Fellowship
Two top, emerging journalists were chosen for this month-long reporting fellowship in October 2016, which included reporting from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. The Women In Tech fellows reported beyond the surface level of conference news to find stories that matter, and explored how technology intersects with issues of social justice. See their work here.
COP21 Reporting Fellowships
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
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
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. Past work produced from this fellowship includes “From Syria with Baklava” (2015) and “Making Music in the Syrian Diaspora” (2016).
Global Health Fellowships
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 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
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
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
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