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Worldwide Applications Open: 2013 - 2014 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for Women Journalists

14 March 2013
Worldwide Applications Open: 2013 - 2014 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for Women Journalists
Deadline: 1 May 2013

(Note: The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women journalists worldwide whose work focuses on human rights and social justice. Journalists working in the print, broadcast and Internet media, including freelancers, are eligible to apply. A fixed stipend will be provided to cover housing, meals and ground transportation during the fellowship. Round-trip economy airfare will be covered from the fellow’s home country or city to Washington, D.C., and from Washington, D.C., to the fellowship city. The fellow will also receive health insurance during the program. The fellowship does not provide salary or honoraria. The fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa.)

In 2005, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) joined with Elizabeth Neuffer’s family and friends to launch the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship extending her legacy by supporting women journalists who have chosen to focus on human rights and social justice, themes that were so vital to Elizabeth’s work.

APPLY FOR THE 2013/2014 FELLOWSHIP

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is designed for a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or digital news media to spend seven months (September 2013 – March 2014) in a tailored program that combines access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. With this flexible structure, the fellow will have opportunities to pursue academic research as well as to hone her journalistic skills by covering topics related to human rights and social justice.

THE FELLOWSHIP

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is named after the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and The Boston Globe correspondent who was killed in Iraq in May 2003.

This program, created with Neuffer’s family and friends, aims to perpetuate her memory and advance her life mission of promoting international understanding of human rights and social justice while creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills.

One woman journalist will be selected to spend seven months in a tailored program with access to MIT’s Center for International Studies as well as media outlets including 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 covering topics related to human rights.

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women journalists whose focus is human rights and social justice. Applicants must be dedicated to a career in journalism in print, broadcast or online media and show a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues upon the completion of the fellowship. Excellent written and spoken English skills are required. A stipend will be provided, and expenses, including airfare and housing, will be covered.

BECOME THE NEXT NEUFFER FELLOW

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is designed for a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or digital news media to spend seven months in a tailored program that combines access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. With this flexible structure, the fellow will have opportunities to pursue academic research as well as to hone her journalistic skills by covering topics related to human rights and social justice.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience in journalism. Non-native English speakers must also have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. Please also read “How to Apply”.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Completed applications must be received by the IWMF on or before May 1, 2013.
Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Before you begin the online application process:
  • Download and complete the application form
  • Please have your current resume or CV ready
  • Please have at least two samples of your work ready (link or electronic copies)
  • Two recommendations for the fellowship program are required. These confidential references must be completed by individuals who can attest to your journalistic abilities, capacity for academic work, and professional and personal character. It is strongly recommended that you have your current supervisor complete one of the recommendations. The other recommendation should be completed by someone who knows your work well. (For example: a professional colleague or a previous supervisor.) Forms completed by family members or personal friends will not be accepted.
  • Recommendation forms must be completed in English (or have certified English translations included). In order to ensure confidentiality, recommendations must be sent via email directly to neuffer@iwmf.org by the person completing the form. You are responsible for ensuring that all recommendations are submitted by the application deadline (May 01, 2013).
  • If English is your not native language or if you have not completed a higher education degree in English, you must have a native English speaker complete the English Assessment Form.
Please note that the Online Application must be completed in one session. Incomplete applications can not be saved.

Download: application form, recommendation form, English assessment form

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For queries/ submissions: neuffer@iwmf.org and via the online application form

Website:  http://iwmf.org/neufferfellowship
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