If you are a journalist, an educator, or a researcher who wants to work on projects about the American education system, then you should check out the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship from the Columbia Journalism School. This fellowship is dedicated to supporting long-form journalism that deepens and enhances the public’s understanding of the American education system, according to the Spencer Fellows website.
“The fellowship is designed to elevate the level of education reporting by giving writers the time and resources they so desperately need in today’s environment of tight deadlines and space limitations to produce a long-form work of lasting value that will trigger a national conversation on the status of education in America,” said LynNell Hancock, the program’s curriculum director.
The Columbia Journalism School has granted these particular fellowships since 2008, and Spencer Fellows have gone on to produce groundbreaking journalism on the American education system, such as Alexander Russo’s novel Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors: Fighting for the Soul of America’s Toughest High School and Nancy Solomon’s radio documentary “Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students”, a 2010 Peabody Award winner.
Spencer Fellows will spend the upcoming academic year at Columbia University studying with other scholars and with mentors in the Journalism School. Three fellowships will be awarded, each with an annual stipend of $75,000 and a modest travel expense account. The program is highly competitive, and the deadline for applications is January 31, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by April 5.
For more information about the program, and to apply for the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship, visit the Spencer Fellows website at http://spencer.jrn.columbia.edu.