Fellowships to USA Journalists for Research and Reporting on Economic, Political, and Social Issues

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Visiting Journalist Fellowship Program

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Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

 Funding Source:

Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

Deadline Date:

05/02/23 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT


Fellowships to USA journalists to support research and reporting on current issues. Fellows will have opportunities for networking and project development. Funding is intended to provide professional journalists with time and resources for an original project, while fostering relationships with social scientists. The residential fellowship takes place at the Russell Sage Foundation headquarters in New York.

There is a long, rich history of journalists writing and reporting compellingly about topics related to the Russell Sage Foundation’s (RSF) mission to improve the social and living conditions in the United States. The growth of economic inequality and its consequences, inequities in educational achievement and attainment, the impact of modern immigration, and recent racial tensions over urban policing are all examples of topics addressed by journalists that are central to RSF programs, and which have been the subject of study by RSF scholars and grantees. In conducting original research on a wide range of social, political, and economic conditions and presenting those findings to the public, journalists are critical to public understanding of Americans’ lives and lived experiences.

 GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174464

Number of Grants:

Space permitting, RSF will select several journalists per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

RSF will pay visiting journalists a stipend of $8,000 per month for full-time visits of up to four months (maximum stipend of $32,000 per individual fellowship). Fellows are provided with an office at the Foundation, computers and software, library access, and limited research assistance. Applicants who reside outside of the greater New York City area may be provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF, if available.

Term of Contract:

Residency is between September 2023 and June 2024.

Applicants can request visits of two to four months starting as early as September 1 and with an end date no later than June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants should be journalists with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience who write or report on social, economic, or political conditions in the United States.

The fellowship is open to journalists working in any media (e.g., print, broadcast, or online outlets, documentary films, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

– Application deadline: May 2, 2023 (2pm ET/11am PT)
– Decision: June 2023Selected applicants are typically contacted within 45 days of the application deadline; acceptances cannot be deferred.
Application deadlines: https://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/application-deadlines#vj

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source’s website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online: https://rsf.fluxx.io/

James Wilson, Program Director
(212) 750-6000

Russell Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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