NPR Kroc Fellowship Program 2020 for Public Media Journalists (Stipend available)

NPR Kroc Fellowship Program 2020 for Public Media Journalists (Stipend available)

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Applications are open for the NPR Kroc Fellowship Program 2020 for Public Media Journalists. The NPR Kroc Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to identify and develop the next generation of extraordinary public media journalists. It was established in 2003 through a bequest from the estate of philanthropist Joan Kroc.

Three fellows are selected each year and receive hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing. Now in its 13th year, the program has produced nearly 40 fellows, many of whom continue to work at NPR and Member stations across the country.

Throughout the experience Kroc Fellows can expect to:

  • Develop audio production and writing skills by working on an NPR program or podcast. Past fellows have worked at Weekend Edition Saturday, Hidden Brain and
  • Become better reporters, writers and storytellers by working under the guidance of skilled editors, producers and the NPR Training team.
  • Gain firsthand broadcast journalism experience by working at an NPR Member station.


  • Fellows receive a stipend of more than $45,000 and benefits, including paid vacation.


  • Applicants must be close to completing an undergraduate or graduate degree or have earned a degree no more than one year prior to December 31.
  • While the ideal Kroc Fellow aspires to work in public media, previous journalism or public radio experience is not required.
  • Fellows must be able to demonstrate exceptional potential and drive.


Each completed application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining why you should be selected, addressed to the Kroc Fellowship Committee
  • Answers to the following questions: 1.) What do you want to do in journalism? 2.) Tell us about a news story you’ve been following. Why has it held your interest? 3.) Tell us about a piece of journalism you’ve enjoyed. What did you like about it?
  • Sample work reflecting remarkable initiative or accomplishment. This might be in the form of a writing sample (1,000 words or less), a link to an excerpt (five minutes or so) from an audio story, video production, musical composition, etc., or some other piece of creative work
  • Two reference letters from people who can speak to your work ethic and commitment to curiosity, including names and contact information. The letters should be addressed to the Kroc Fellowship Committee and must be emailed to [email protected] as a Microsoft Word or PDF file with APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – KROC FELLOW APPLICANT in the subject line.
  • Resume
  • Academic transcript(s) — unofficial transcripts will be accepted

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