Now in its 11th year, the fellowship provides an academic and professional opportunity for women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice to advance their reporting skills. The fellowship was created in memory of The Boston Globe correspondent and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Elizabeth Neuffer, who died while reporting in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF started this program to honor Neuffer’s legacy while advancing her work in the fields of human rights and social justice.
The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. All nationalities are welcome to apply, but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. The next IWMF Neuffer Fellowship runs from September 2015 to March 2016. The 2015/16 Fellow will complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program will provide the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills. Past fellows have taken advantage of opportunities to publish work under their byline through various media outlets.
The following items constitute a completed application:
• Completed application form
• Current resume or CV
• Two work samples
• Two completed recommendation forms
• English assessment form* (for non-native English speakers only)
* If English is not your native language or if you have not completed a higher education degree in English, you must have a native English speaker complete the English Assessment Form. Completed forms should be emailed to the IWMF by May 1, 2015.
If you are interested in participating in the fellowship, please review the frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Applications for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship will be accepted April 1 through May 1, 2015. One outstanding woman journalist will be selected in June 2015.