Stay in the know: Upcoming awards and fellowships

The Freelance Center will soon be adding a new information tab about non-AHCJ awards, grants and fellowships. (AHCJ fellowship information can be found here.)

I’ll be gathering information from as many relevant sources as I can find. Please email me at with any that I might have missed. This list will grow as application deadlines approach.

I also hope to add articles from experienced journalists with advice on how to apply and win grants and fellowships. In the meantime, here are some opportunities with approaching deadlines.


Sunshine Award

This award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) “recognizes people and groups making important contributions in the area of open government.” Winners are selected from nominees; self-nomination is allowed. The deadline for nominations is April 15. Winners will be honored at the President’s Installation Banquet during SPJ’s Convention & National Journalism Conference. There is no set number of winners. Last year’s recipients were The City, Documenting COVID-19 project and ProPublica.

Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting

This prize from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing honors a writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the past five years that “has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well-being.” The honoree receives an award of $3,000 and a certificate. The deadline for nominations is June 30.


The UC Berkeley – 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

Ten early and mid-career journalists will each receive a $10,000 fellowship to report ambitious long-form print and audio stories on topics such as nutritional policy, food science, agriculture and the environment and public health as it relates to food and farming. The application deadline is March 15. Fellows will meet at the University of California, Berkeley in June and again in November (COVID permitting).

The Dennis and Shirley Feldman Fellowship

This fellowship from the National Press Club Journalism Institute awards a graduate journalism student a one-time stipend of $5,000 to help defray tuition costs. Applicants must be enrolled in or applying for admission to an accredited graduate journalism program, plan to pursue a journalism career and be a U.S. citizen. The deadline to apply is March 18.

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship

The institute at the University of Missouri is taking proposals from people and organizations to develop innovative strategies for local news. The application deadline is March 25. The fellowship lasts eight months and comes with a $10,000 a month stipend for fellows living on campus or a $5,000 a quarter stipend for the nonresidential fellowship. Fellows’ final products must be a guide, toolkit, platform, workshop or tool for journalists and newsrooms. One of last year’s winners is developing a framework for collaborative reporting projects with incarcerated men and women.

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