Harold W. McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 2017 (Up to $15,000)

Harold W. McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 2017 (Up to $15,000)

Deadline: December 15, 2017

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, is offering Fellowships to accomplished business journalists. The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story or series that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic. They accept applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and encourage proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package.

The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative or enterprise journalism.


  • Grants up to $5,000 a month are awarded for one to three month.


  • Open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism;
  • Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization, may apply.


  • Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form. Think of it as pitch, much like you would submit to an editor at a newspaper, magazine, digital outlet, or radio station: give them enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid.
  • The proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be. The proposal should also note where significant stories on the subject have run elsewhere and how the proposed piece would differ.
  • Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story, and let them know if a media outlet is lined up to run the story.
  • In addition, applicants should enclose three journalism samples. The samples should be professionally published work that showcases your ability to tackle an in-depth story in the proposed medium. Please also provide a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with your work; if that is a problem, please contact organizers at [email protected] or 646-758-7781 to discuss alternatives.
  • No budget is required at the time of application, but finalists will be asked to provide an estimated budget at that time.

For more information, visit McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism.