James W. Foley Legacy Middle East Reporting Fellowship 2017-18 (Grant of USD $10,000)

James W. Foley Legacy Middle East Reporting Fellowship 2017-18 (Grant of USD $10,000)

Deadline: November 26, 2017

The GroundTruth Project is honored to announce a partnership with the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to continue their Middle East Reporting Fellowship in Jim’s memory, and to extend the fellowship for the next five years. For this year’s fellowship, participants are encouraged to present proposals for stories about education, health, culture, art, food, faith and other expressions of life in a region where too often reporters cover only conflict.

While the last two years have focused on audio reporting, the fellowship is open to journalists working in all forms of media. This year, they are encouraging applications for writing. Field reporting may take place anywhere, but must maintain an enterprising and human-centered approach to the reporting.

GroundTruth’s Middle East reporting fellowship began five years ago when they first honored Anthony Shadid for his coverage of Middle East reporting in 2011.


  • The selected fellow will receive a grant of US $10,000 for field reporting to be carried out preferably in the first quarter of 2018;
  • Finalists will be asked to submit a proposed project budget that must include appropriate safety training, insurance and travel costs;
  • The selected fellow will receive mentorship and editorial support from the whole editorial team at GroundTruth, including GroundTruth Founder and longtime Middle East correspondent Charles Sennott and Istanbul-based GroundTruth Editor/Middle East Correspondent Lauren Bohn.
  • The fellows’ work will be cultivated on the GroundTruth website as a special report, as well as pitched to GroundTruth’s editorial partners for placement in consultation with the fellow. If a candidate already has an editorial partner who will take the work, please state that in the application.


  • The opportunity is intended for freelance writers and specifically for early career journalists, which they would define as 1-5 years of experience;
  • The candidates may be of any nationality, but must be familiar with Middle Eastern culture and have a demonstrated ability to report for an English-speaking audience.


  • Applications are welcome through this online form;
  • You will be asked to submit a resume, two samples of work, and a brief description of your reporting idea and how it fits with the spirit of the fellowship;
  • For questions about the fellowship, email [email protected]

For more information, visit James W. Foley Legacy Middle East Reporting Fellowship.