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The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships

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The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute calls Fellowships application from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with the institute on innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future.

Types of Fellowship

  • Residential: Residential fellowships are for individuals who want to collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at our institute in Columbia, Missouri. Basically, Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism to take advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism. Resource examples include access to programmers and app developers, support to conduct market research, and paid students to produce multimedia content.
  • Nonresidential: Nonresidential fellowships can tackle something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. You do not need to live in Columbia but you will need to make at least one visit to consult with RJI leadership and staff. Your project will be implemented and tested in the newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.
  • Institutional: Institutional fellowships pushes to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas in your newsroom or company that for various reasons haven’t been able to be explored yet. RJI will collaborate with a leader at your institution or company who can develop the idea and lead a team that will make it a reality. That leader will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job.

Stipend and Facilities

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships offer the following funding and benefits

  • Residential Fellows will get a $10,000 a month and a one time reimbursement for relocation costs up to $10,000. In addition to that, they will get access to RJI’s services, facilities and collaboration with staff and students
  • Nonresidential Fellows will receive a $20,000 total, distributed as $5,000 quarterly. Also, they will have a consulting relationship with RJI staff.
  • Institutional Fellows will receive a $20,000 total, distributed as $5,000 quarterly to their institution. They will also have a consulting relationship with RJI staff.


  • RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute also welcomes proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology, and civil society organizations to apply for these Fellowships.


Candidates can apply online hereCandidates must answer the following questions to complete the first round

  • Name, phone, email, and Twitter handle
  • Location
  • Type of fellowship you are applying for
  • Please summarize your project idea in one succinct paragraph
  • What problem or need in journalism does the project address?
  • Who will benefit from the creation of your project?
  • How and where do you plan to implement it once it is completed/built?
  • Is there anything else you feel we should take into consideration
  • Attach resume/CV


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline18 December,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute



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