Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism 2022-2023 (Stipend of $71,000)

Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism 2022-2023 (Stipend of $71,000)

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Take your journalism skills to the next level and deepen your understanding of environmental issues by applying for the 2022-2023 Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism.

Five accepted candidates will audit courses, participate in field trips and weekly seminars, and work on a significant project. These positions are offered by the Center for Environmental Journalism, part of the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The fellowship is open to full-time journalists working in any medium who are interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of environmental issues. It is aimed at outstanding journalists committed to a career in professional journalism.


  • The program provides a $71,000 stipend. It also covers tuition and fees, and attendance at the annual SEJ and NASW conferences. While they cannot offer the same benefits offered by the university, they can offer paid sick leave and bus passes for use locally and regionally.


  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years full-time professional journalism experience and must also have a BA or BS college degree, at minimum.
  • Applicants may include reporters, editors, producers, photojournalists, documentarians, and feature writers.
  • Both salaried staff and full-time freelancers are welcome to apply.
  • Prior experience in covering the environment is not required.


The following are specific components required for a complete application to the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism:.

  • Resume/CV: Upload a résumé in PDF format which includes your education, work history as a professional journalist, and journalism awards/honors you’ve received (with the year awarded). In addition to the dates that you held each position, briefly describe your duties.
  • Cover Letter/Professional Autobiography: Upload a PDF document addressing the following questions. In this essay, do not duplicate your proposed study plan & project proposal. Limit this to a maximum of 1,250 words.
    • Why you are interested in the fellowship and why you are the best candidate. Describe your career as a journalist and the values that have shaped your work. In your answer, address these questions: 
      • What are your most noteworthy achievements?
      • Why are you interested in covering environmental issues, and how would a Ted Scripps Fellowship benefit you?
    • Freelancers: At the end of your Professional Autobiography, list the jobs you’ve completed in the last 12 months, and for whom, along with a few words about what you did. If your clients are not widely known, briefly explain who they are.
  • Study Plan & Project Proposal: Upload a PDF document explaining what you would like to study while on the fellowship, including the academic areas you propose to concentrate in, and some of the courses you might like to audit.
  • Professional Work Samples: A minimum of three professional work samples are required. Note: all requested work samples must be combined and uploaded as one file. If you have more than three samples or the file size is large (10MB+), include a link to your samples instead of individual files.
  • Contact information for three references will be collected by the system during the application process. References may receive an email request to provide a confidential letter of recommendation and will be given ample time to provide these letters once contacted. One letter should be from your immediate supervisor or, for freelancers, from an editor who has worked closely with you. Note that you do not need to provide a letter of recommendation with your application, only contact information is initially required.

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For more information, visit Ted Scripps Fellowship.