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FAQs About the 2019 EWA Reporting Fellowships

Please note: The deadline for this round of the fellowship was Feb. 15, 2019. 

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 7 fellowships in this round.

How much money comes with the fellowship?

EWA will provide awards of up to $8,000 apiece 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?

EWA is inviting proposals focused on both the challenges and potential solutions to enhancing educational equity at the K-12 and higher education levels. Of particular interest in this round are stories that address the following topics:

  • The challenges facing low-income students in accessing higher education, and efforts to expand their opportunities.

  • Improving postsecondary education, with a focus on better serving disadvantaged students, as well as on under-resourced higher education institutions.

  • Increasing access to, and the quality of, STEM learning in higher education.

  • Improving the quality of teachers and school leaders (preparation, recruitment, development, etc.).

  • New models of K-12 schooling to rethink education, and innovative practices to boost achievement.

  • Developing new instructional materials and tools.

  • Enhancing parent/family engagement.

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. 

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?

Friday, February 15, 2019.

When should I expect to hear back on my application?

Fellowship recipients will be notified in early Spring.

What is the deadline to complete fellowship projects?

We will work with fellowship recipients to set appropriate deadlines for publishing their work. 

How is this fellowship program being funded?

The EWA Reporting Fellowship program is supported in part by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Joyce Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and the William & Flora Hewlett 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