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Take a look at upcoming opportunities and gather your paperwork so you can apply. If you win a scholarship or fellowship, you can share your success story with Chicago Southsider by sending us an email at hello@chicagosouthsider.com. We would love to congratulate you and share the news!

Nieman Fellowship at Harvard

The Nieman Foundation selects up to 24 journalists for a paid Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes, participating in Nieman events, and collaborating with peers. Nieman Fellows also audit classes at other local universities, including MIT and Tufts. Nieman Fellows receive a stipend of $80,000 paid over a 9-month period to cover living costs. The application deadline for U.S. candidates is January 31, 2023. You can learn more here and apply by January 31, 2023.

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri invites proposals from individuals and organizations who want to collaborate on community news projects. You can apply for the residential or remote fellowship that starts on July 10, 2023.

The residential fellowships last for 12 months and fellows receive up to $100,000 worth of funding. The remote fellowship is 8 months. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend. Applications open on January 1, 2023. Click here to learn more and apply by February 3, 2023.

The Society of Professional Journalists provides scholarships for high school students who win an essay contest. Three scholarships are awarded based on essay content results. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and the second place winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The third place winner will receive a $300 scholarship.  

For the 2023 scholarship, students must write an essay in response to this prompt:

“How can student journalists use social media for free speech and amplifying voices, but still ensure ethical and responsible use of the platforms?”

Click here to learn more and apply by February 20, 2023.

NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship

The Ethel Payne fellowship is geared towards mid-career and veteran journalists with at least 7 years full-time journalism experience. The fellowship is named for the first African American woman to focus on international news reporting and land a job as a commentator employed by a U.S. network. Payne was a Chicago native who was known as the “First Lady of the Black Press.” She was also a lecturer and columnist who reported on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

The fellowship recipient will focus on creating content that tells the dynamic stories of Africa and African people. Click here to learn more and apply by February 27, 2023.

NABJ-Larry Whiteside Scholarship

The Larry-Whiteside scholarship will provide one $5,000 scholarship and a free trip to the 2023 NABJ Convention & Career Fair to a NABJ student member interested in pursuing a career in sports journalism. The winner will also be assigned as a student reporter for the Sports Task Force website and social media channels.

Larry Whiteside was the first African American beat sports writer for The Boston Globe. His achievements earned him many prestigious honors including induction into NABJ’s 2009 Hall of Fame (posthumous); NABJ’s 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award; induction into the 2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame (posthumous); and the 2008 J. G. Taylor Spink Award, posthumously given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Click here to learn more and apply by February 27, 2023.

NABJ-ESPN Stuart Scott Internship

ESPN and NABJ are offering a 10-week paid summer internship in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. It includes a $3,500 stipend on behalf of ESPN and the NABJ Sports Task Force and a free trip to the 2023 NABJ Convention & Career Fair. Click here to learn more and apply by February 27, 2023.

NABJ-Acel Moore Scholarships

This scholarship is available to undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior/graduate students with at least one full-year of school remaining at the time of the application and disbursement of funds. The scholarship is named after NABJ Co-founder Acel Moore. He won a Pulitzer Prize with colleague Wendell L. Rawls Jr. for an investigation of harsh conditions at the Fairview (Penn.) State Hospital. Their stories exposed the brutal treatment of mentally disturbed prisoners and led to reforms. Click here to learn more about the scholarship and apply by February 27, 2023.

NABJ Visual Task Force Scholarship

The National Association of Black Journalists – Visual Task Force (VTF) offers professional development and mentorship opportunities. The task force is also awarding a scholarship to a high school junior, senior or full-time college undergraduate/graduate student with at least one full-year of school remaining at the time of the application and disbursement of funds at an accredited U.S. college or university. Click here to learn more and apply by February 27, 2023.

NABJ Scholarships

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors will award 25 scholarships worth $2,500 each. Students should have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in journalism and media, a record of community service, and financial need. Click here to learn more and apply by February 27, 2023.

Please note: Chicago Southsider does not review materials or endorse specific scholarships. To obtain advice on whether you should apply for a scholarship, speak to faculty members or colleagues. Such recommendations are not available from Chicago Southsider.

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