The fully-funded O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University selects 3-4 US-based reporters annually and gives them the tools, funding and time they need to dig into any national, state or regional story of their choice in hopes of exposing injustice and igniting change.
Fellows get nine months to work on their projects and receive a $75,000 stipend, with additional funds for housing and travel. They also get help from Marquette journalism students. Since 2013, more than 30 staff-employed or independent journalists have used the fellowship to tackle issues such as maternal health care, racial justice, abuse of immigrant labor, inaccurate teaching of climate change, gun violence trends, deaths in jail of persons with mental illness, and more.
Residential applicants preferred; remote and hybrid accepted. Many O’Brien Fellows take up residence in Milwaukee, travel domestically or overseas as needed, and work mainly from private offices in the O’Brien suite in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.
The selection process for journalists for the 2023-24 academic fellowship year is coming up. Our application period runs from Dec. 1, 2022 to Jan. 21, 2023, and fellows are chosen in March. They would start in August 2023.
Applicants must have at least 5 years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may have experience with newspapers, radio, television, online publications, film production, podcasts, wire services, or magazines of general interest. In-depth reporting/research experience preferred. There are no academic prerequisites. See our FAQs page for more.
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