FAQs About the 2017 EWA Reporting Fellowship: U.S. Education in Global Context
Applications Due March 27, 2017

What is the EWA Reporting Fellowship?

The EWA Reporting Fellowship provides financial awards to education journalists to undertake special reporting and writing projects.

How many fellowships will be awarded?

EWA expects to award approximately three fellowships in this round of the program.

How much money comes with the fellowship?

EWA will provide awards of up to $8,000 a piece to winning proposals.

How can the money be used?

Recipients will have significant flexibility in how to use the funds. Examples of appropriate uses include: relief from regular newsroom responsibilities; travel for reporting; attending workshops to build knowledge and expertise; and contracting with a data journalist or writing coach.  

Does my project have to be published or aired?

Yes. To qualify for the EWA Reporting Fellowship, you must submit a letter from your editor or newsroom supervisor supporting your participation in the program and providing a commitment to publish your work upon completion.

I’m a freelance journalist. May I apply?

Yes. Freelancers must submit a letter from the appropriate editor at an independent news outlet confirming that their work will be published.

Is this a residential fellowship program?

No, though EWA Fellows may use some of their award money to get relief from regular newsroom duties.

What kind of stories are you looking for?

This round of the EWA Reporting Fellowship program will support in-depth reporting projects on U.S. education and student achievement in a global context, with a focus on the K-12 level. Of particular interest are stories that explore the connections between educational challenges, policies, and/or practices in the United States (or individual states or local communities) and such issues in other countries. Attention to increasing student learning and closing achievement gaps is encouraged. This fellowship invitation comes following the release in late 2016 of results from two major international assessments at the K-12 level, best known by the acronyms of PISA and TIMSS. We strongly encourage applicants to carefully review resources EWA has developed on the Global Context for Education, including blog posts, webinars, and our December 2015 seminar.  

On what basis will you judge applications?

EWA will consider a number of factors, including: whether the applicant is approaching the topic from a fresh journalistic angle or using innovative tools to help tell the story, such as multimedia components or data analysis; whether the proposed project will bring heightened attention to a critical issue in a compelling and insightful way; and whether the reporting will not only highlight problems but also explore potential solutions. Strong applications will show demonstrated understanding of the educational context in other nations that would be featured in the proposed reporting project.

Who is eligible to apply for the EWA Reporting Fellowship?

The fellowship is limited to journalist members of EWA. (You can find out more about joining EWA here.)

Who is NOT eligible for the EWA Reporting Fellowship?

Ineligible applicants include employees of professional organizations, educational institutions, think tanks, alumni periodicals, advocates, or groups focused on research, advocacy or lobbying. Officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Education Writers Association are not eligible to apply.

What is the application deadline?

To be considered, a completed application must be submitted by Monday, March 27.

When should I expect to hear back on my application?

Fellowship recipients will be notified in April.

What is the deadline to complete fellowship projects?

We expect fellowship recipients to publish their finished work by December 18, 2017.

How is this fellowship program being funded?

This round of the EWA Reporting Fellowship is supported in part by a grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

Is there anything else I should know?

Finalists for an EWA Reporting Fellowship may be asked for further information before a decision is made on their applications.

I  still have questions! Who can help?

Email EWA