Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship Programme 2020 (Funding available)

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship Programme 2020 (Funding available)

Deadline: December 18, 2020

Applications for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship Programme 2020 are now open. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with them on innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future.

Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing a prototype so it’s ready for investment or launch. All projects will be built and implemented in a newsroom within the span of the 8 month fellowship.

They have three types of RJI Fellowships:

  • Residential fellowships are designed for individuals who want to collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at their institute in Columbia, Missouri. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism to take advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Non-residential fellowships can tackle something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. You do not need to live in Columbia but you will need to make at least one visit to consult with RJI leadership and staff. Your project will be implemented and tested in the newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.
  • Institutional fellowships are designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas in your newsroom or company that for various reasons haven’t been able to be explored yet. RJI will collaborate with a leader at your institution or company who can develop the idea and lead a team that will make it a reality. That leader will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job.


  • Residential Fellows receive a $10,000 a month stipend and a one-time reimbursement for relocations up to $10,000.
  • Non-residential Fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5,000.
  • Institutional Fellow’s institutions receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5,000 to the institution.


  • Open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets.
  • They also welcome proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations.


The questions in the first stage of the application you will be asked to complete are:

  • Name, phone, email and twitter handle
  • Location
  • Type of fellowship you are applying for
  • Please summarize your project idea in one succinct paragraph
  • What problem or need in journalism does the project address?
  • Who will benefit from the creation of your project?
  • How and where do you plan to implement it once it is completed/built?
  • Is there anything else you feel we should take into consideration
  • Attach resume/CV

Click here to apply

For more information, visit RJI Fellowship.