FAQs About the Spring 2021 EWA Reporting Fellowships

What is an EWA Reporting Fellowship?

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

How many fellowships will be awarded?

EWA expects to award approximately seven 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?

Of particular interest in this round are projects that address the following topics:

  • Innovative approaches to addressing systemic inequities in K-12 opportunities and outcomes. 
  • Efforts at the community level to improve K-12 student success, promote racial equity, and fuel socioeconomic mobility through education.
  • Efforts to enroll, equitably serve, and graduate college students who face disadvantages, such as those who are: from low-income and low-wealth families; from racial or ethnic groups that have faced discrimination; first-generation college-goers; adults returning to college; from rural areas; and/or incarcerated.
  • Work to improve racial equity in education beyond high school for students of all ages and address structural barriers and educational opportunity gaps.

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?

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16, 2021. 

When should I expect to hear back on my application?

Fellowship recipients will be notified of their status by early June.

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 Ascendium Education Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST), Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Pritzker Children’s Initiative, and Walton 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