Change Your Life: News for artists and journalists who need to eat

Hey, y’all,
It’s been a while. Four things happened yesterday that reminded me of how important it is for journalists to share funding and fellowship opportunities with each other.

1. I had drinks with a dear friend who’s a perfect candidate for fellowships but who’s also so busy that the research/applying has to be hard. (Ahem, you know who you are.)

2. Another friend and her team got to screen her film at a documentary showcase Montana this week. (Woot!)

3. Another friend who was a Logan nonfiction fellow (grants to hang out in cabins, eat food other people cook, and work on your documentary/book/article/whatever, as far as I can tell) reminded his Facebook friends that applications are open. (Helpful!)

4. Two super-gifted Daily Tar Heel staffers came to me with panic in their eyes, convinced that they were somehow already behind in their careers. (YOU ARE NOT.)

That was all a kick to get back to sending this email.

You’ll notice that I’ve shifted it over to Tiny Letter, in case you want to forward it and your forwarded-to pals want to subscribe. I’m going to make a couple of tweaks in the months ahead — flagging things that are particularly family friendly (for you mid-career folks) or great for new college grads.

Don’t feel bad if you need to unsubscribe — I pulled my distribution list together because of conversations we’ve had and/or things I hope for each of you. Please DO forward to the creative people in your lives.

Betsy


• The Lee Ester News Fellowship
Deadline: March 3, 2017
Details: Nine months as a reporter in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Madison newsroom. Open to early-career radio producers or recent graduates.
Website: http://www.wpr.org/lee-ester-news-fellowship

• Age Boom Academy Fellowship
Deadline: March 3, 2017
Details: A one-week workshop at Columbia University for journalists to “deepen understanding of the health, economic, and social issues around aging.” Covers travel and housing.
Website: http://ageboom.columbia.edu/

• The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship
Deadline: March 4, 2017 (Applications open March 1, 2017)
Details: Eight diverse writers take part in master classes to develop a half-hour script for HBO or Cinemax. Fellows will be paired with an HBO or Cinemax development executive. The content produced will be considered for production in the HBOAccess 2018 Directing Fellowship.
Website: https://www.hbo.com/hboaccess/

• GroundWorks Labs accelerator
Deadline: March 13, 2017
Details: A Durham-based accelerator for pre-launch entrepreneurs in North Carolina. Comes with mentors, structured education and support, $100K in Google cloud credits, 2 years and up to $5K Amazon Activate credits,, Google for Entrepreneurs, HubSpot’s Jumpstart Program, office space and support.
Website: http://www.groundworklabs.com/apply-1

• NC IDEA seed grants
Deadline: March 13, 2017
Details: $50K for early-stage, pre-investment start-ups that are principally based in North Carolina.
Website: http://www.ncidea.org/content/seed+grant/8070284

• The SPACE residency
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Details: Five artists will receive two- to four-week residencies at SPACE, a socially engaged arts organization in Maine. Residency includes housing, private studio space and a $500 stipend. Emerging and mid-career visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and other collaborative groups who live outside of Maine may apply.
Website: http://www.spacestudios.org/apply-residency/

• University of California Berkeley Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Details: $10,00 for 10 early and mid-career print and audio journalists to produce longform stories about food systems. (The awesome Gastropod podcast emerged from two Food and Farming fellows.)
Website: https://journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/foodfellows/

• The Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Details: Room and board, plus $900 toward travel and food for writers who have 100 pages of a novel or 30 pages of poetry. You’ll live at Writers Block in Las Vegas in June 2017 and, in theory, FINISH YOUR BOOK.
Website: https://fellowship.submittable.com/submit/75845/the-eliza-so-annual-finish-your-book-fellowship

• Stanford-ABC News Global Health and Media Fellowship
Deadline: March 17, 2017
Details: A yearlong fellowship for global health reporting at the World Health Organization’s regional office in New Delhi and Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism.
Website: http://globalhealth.stanford.edu/field-service/media-fellowship.html

• 2017 NPR Next Generation Radio Fellowship at KUOW
Deadline: March 20, 2017
Details: Six fellows spend a week at KUOW in Seattle, Washington, to receive mentorship and hands-on experience in audience first, short-form, non-narrated audio storytelling. All travel and housing is subsidized, and fellows receive one meal per day.
Website: https://nextgenradio.wufoo.com/forms/m1hrmmou0vnz2ee/

• Austin Film Festival prizes
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Details: Cash prizes range from $1,000 to $5,000. Winners are reimbursed for airfare and hotel at the Film Festival and attend the festival and conference. $40 entry fee for feature screenplay, $30 for short screenplay, $30 for teleplay.
Website: https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/

•Mother Jones Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Details: A $1,500 monthly stipend for six months in San Francisco, New York, or D.C., to support emerging investigative journalists. Fellows can apply to stay on for another six months as a senior fellow ($1,800 monthly stipend).
Website: http://www.motherjones.com/about/ben-bagdikian-fellowship-program

• The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Details: $5,000 and a three-month residency in the Carson Smith-McCullers House in Columbus, Georgia.
Website: http://www.mccullerscenter.org/#opportunities

• USC Annenberg/National Center for Health Journalism
Deadline: April 3, 2017
Details: An all-expenses-paid four-and-a-half-day program in Los Angeles, plus reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000 for projects about vulnerable children and their families, and the community conditions that help determine their prospects for health and well-being.
Website: http://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/fellowships/seminars

• Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Deadline: April 12, 2017
Details: Eight $10,000 stipends plus trips to The Carter Center to meet with program staff and advisers for work on mental health projects.
Website: https://www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health/fellowships/index.html

• Creative Community Fellow
Deadline: April 24, 2017
Details: Fellows who are working at the intersection of culture and community enter the fellowship with a project that seeks to respond to a problem in their communities. The six-month program with National Arts Strategies starts with a one-week residency in a farmhouse-style estate in Vermont. Tuition, room and board are provided for all fellows.
Website: http://www.artstrategies.org/programs/creative-community-fellows/

• Logan Nonfiction Program
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Details: Lodging, meals, workspace and technical support at  the Carey Institute, a 100-acre estate in the historic village of Rensselaerville, New York. Open to writers, photographers, documentary filmmakers and digital media producers from around the world. Finalists may request to take part in a short stay of at least four weeks but are encouraged to commit to a long stay between 10 and 12 weeks.
Website: http://careyinstitute.org/news/logan-nonfiction-program-accepting-applications-fall-2017-fellowship/

• Encore Fellowships
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Encore’s six- to 12-month fellowships pay $20,000 to $25,000 for completing a 1,000-hour assignment (part-time work).
Website: http://encore.org/fellowships/fellow/

• The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowships
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Two- to four-week residency with The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for journalists whose work is relevant to the Rockefeller Foundation’s issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Room and board provided to all residents and their spouses/partners.
Website: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/residency-program/practitioner-residency

• Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (for non-U.S. citizens)
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Grants and living stipends for professionals and scholars (and their families) from selected countries to conduct research, lecture or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States.
Website: http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-visiting-scholar-program

• Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (U.S. citizens)
Deadline: Rolling
Details: 500 grants and living stipends for professionals and scholars (and their families) to conduct research, lecture or pursue combined lecturing and research around the world.
Website: http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program

• Lone Mountain Fellowship
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Variable stipends and residency at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, to advance understanding of the role of markets and property rights in protecting and enhancing environmental resources. Examples of PERC-supported projects include completion of a book, initial development of a dataset or other source materials, or writing a policy study, magazine article, or newspaper series.
Website: http://www.perc.org/lone-mountain-fellowship

• McCloy Fellowship in Journalism
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Provides print, broadcast, and new-media journalists in the relatively early stages of their career with the opportunity to travel to Europe or the United States for up to three weeks to conduct research and interviews and pursue stories of their own design. Transatlantic roundtrip airfare, approved inter-city travel, and daily stipend of $200 for up to 21 days abroad.
Website: http://acgusa.org/index.php?section=mccloy-journalism

• IWMF Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories
Deadline: Rolling
Details: The International Media Women’s Foundation’s awards grants (average amount: $5,000) for women journalists to pursue international stories of importance through gender-sensitive coverage of underreported topics.
Website: https://www.iwmf.org/programs/reporting-grants-for-womens-stories/


About this newsletter
I started this list when I was working at AIR (Consider joining! Their list is awesome, too!), and now I keep a semi-running list of upcoming deadlines for grants/fellowships/awards — most based in the U.S., but some open to all comers. It’s a give-back/pay-forward for all of the help I’ve gotten over the years — always free.

More places to look
ProFellow.com covers a huge range of professions and disciplines, not just media.
Media Shift’s awards posts are always handy.
The Create Daily is great; you should subscribe.
Media Impact Funders’ database gives you a sense of what gets funded, and by whom.
• Referrals from friends (like you?)

Application advice and help
A #pubmedia chat that I moderated with other fellows
My Nieman fellowship personal statement from 2012
My Nieman fellowship plan of study from 2012
(If you have similar resources and/or successful examples that you don’t mind sharing, please send them to me!)

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