Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship 2021 for Journalists in the U.S. (up to $10,000)

Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship 2021 for Journalists in the U.S. (up to $10,000)

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Applications for the Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship 2021 are now open. The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education.

The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid post secondary career and technical education (CTE) symposium. Following the symposium, Fellows must complete a reporting project, such as a special report or series. Fellows will also attend a CTE Collaborative Convening hosted by the ECMC Foundation in the fall.

Fellow choose a topic related to postsecondary career and technical education for their reporting project. The project may be in whatever medium the Fellow works–prose, audio, video, photo–so long as the piece is published. Reporting projects should be a special report or series of articles, or a similar long-form project for other mediums.


  • Each ECMC Foundation Fellow in the WW Higher Education Fellowship program will be awarded $10,000—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards the reporting project.


  • Open to education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues;
  • Have interest in deepening and expanding their understanding of postsecondary education with a specific emphasis on career and technical education;
  • Staff or professional freelance journalist able to work independently while holding regular jobs or commitments;
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (if permanent resident, a copy of your Green Card must be included as part of your supplemental items PDF).


The Woodrow Wilson Foundation uses an online application portal which requires an account. There is no fee to apply. Once you’ve created an account, the online application includes basic personal and professional information, a statement of interest, an area to link to three work samples, and prompts to upload and request your supplemental items.

  • Statement of interest: In 500 words or less, talk about your interest in pursuing this Fellowship opportunity and why you would be a good candidate.
  • Three (3) work samples: Provide links to and PDF copies of three work samples published within the past five years. These samples should be your best recent work. Links will be submitted as a part of the application, PDF versions will be included in the supplemental items packet that you will upload.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: These letters (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your reporting interests; assess the quality of your journalistic work; explain how the award will benefit your professional development; briefly discuss your reporting qualifications; and assess your commitment to quality coverage of issues facing American education.
  • Required Supplemental Materials: A single PDF file will be uploaded as your supplemental items packet. Please name the file “LastnameFirstname_HEM_Supplemental” with no spaces. The supplemental items PDF packet will include, in this order:
    • Resumé: This is an important opportunity to showcase your excellence. There is no need to limit your résumé to one page, but they ask you make it no more than two pages.
    • Full work samples: Please include a full length version of the work samples you indicated in your application. Photo packages should include full caption information and be laid out in the PDF packet. Video, radio, or TV pieces can be included as a hyperlink to a public version.

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