FAQs About the Fall 2019 EWA Reporting Fellowships

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 six to eight 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 that examine issues at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. Of particular interest in this round are stories that address the following K-12 topics:

  • Ways that schools are working together and using data to identify and address challenges to preparing students for college and careers.
  • The push to ensure access to high quality instructional materials, especially in math and science.
  • Recruiting and preparing teachers and school leaders to better serve low-income students and students of color.
  • The role of schools in fostering social and emotional learning and character development.
  • Education technology as a tool to enhance learning and opportunity.
  • How emerging work in the “learning sciences” is informing best practices in schools.
  • Creating stronger pathways from high school to postsecondary and career training.

At the postsecondary level, the following topics are of particular interest: 

  • Efforts to enhance the workforce skills and educational levels of adults.
  • Increasing and expanding attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials.
  • Examining and clarifying the value of all kinds of postsecondary credentials, ranging from traditional degrees to “badges.”
  • Closing racial gaps in educational achievement and enhancing socioeconomic mobility opportunities.

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.

Where can I find the application? 

We encourage you to first preview the application questions and then prepare all of your responses and materials for submission to our online system. The link to the application is at the bottom of the preview page. 

What is the application deadline?

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

When should I expect to hear back on my application?

Fellowship recipients will be notified of their status in October. 

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, Kresge 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