Funded Journalist Fellowship at University of Oxford 2019

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Funded Journalist Fellowship at University of Oxford 2019

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The Reuters Institute, based at the University of Oxford, offers a limited number of Journalist Fellowships each year. The fully-funded Fellowships are aimed at practicing journalists from all over the world, to enable them to research a topic of their choice, related to their work and the broader media industry, before returning to newsrooms. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to network with a global group of journalists, spend time away from the daily pressure of deadlines, and examine the key issues facing the industry, with input from leading experts and practitioners. Fellowships last one, two or three terms.

Aspects of Fellowship

  • Academic development: You will work with an experienced supervisor, usually an Oxford academic or senior practitioner, to produce a research paper which will be published and promoted by the Reuters Institute. You will also benefit from the extensive learning facilities offered by the University of Oxford, including the world-famous Bodleian Library, and access to various seminars and lectures across the university. You are also encouraged to engage with the university’s cutting-edge specialist research facilities, including centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese studies. During your Fellowship you will have visiting scholar status of Green Templeton College allowing you to use their facilities.
  • Industry insights: You will attend seminars given by a diverse and high-level range of guest speakers who will share their insights into key industry trends and developments. You will also visit world-class news organisations and gain insights into how they are approaching industry challenges. Previous visits have included trips to Thomson Reuters, the Financial Times, the BBC, the Economist and the Guardian.
  • Knowledge and cultural exchange: You will exchange ideas and experiences with a diverse and international peer group. Around 25 Fellows a year join us from high-level media organisations all over the world offering you a chance to strengthen your network, develop a global set of contacts and gain insights into international trends and developments. You will visit key cultural and political organisations and institutions across the UK. Previous destinations have included Oxfam, the House of Commons and the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon.


  1. To be considered for a Fellowship you must have a minimum of five years' journalistic experience, or in rare cases demonstrate the equivalent level of expertise.  
  2. You will be able to write at a publishable level of English, allowing you to participate in the fellowship and produce papers when necessary. If English is not your first language, please present suitable evidence (this is an original certificate no more than two years old and issued by the relevant body) that you are at a suitable standard. More information on the university's English language requirements.


The Journalist Fellowships are funded through awards from various international news organisations and corporations, and through the support of generous individuals. Some are tailored to journalists from specific countries while others are directed towards those with particular research interests. You do not need to specify which particular source of funding you are applying for - the University will allocate the one most suitable for you based on your country of origin and research proposal. The Journalist Fellowships are fully funded and also cover accommodation and living costs.

  1. Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowships.
  2. Mona Megalli Fellowship.
  3. Wincott Business Journalist Fellowship.
  4. David Levy Fellowship for International Dialogue.


United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Human Rights, Politics, Media and Journalism, International Relations

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Young Professionals, Mid Career Professionals
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Accommodation, Stipend/ Living allowance, Other
Opportunity will take place in
United Kingdom
Required Documents
CV, Research Proposal, Language Certificate, Sample of your work, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Media and Journalism
Educational Level
Required Languages
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