Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships 2022 for U.S. Citizens & U.S. News Organizations

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships 2022 for U.S. Citizens & U.S. News Organizations

Deadline: March 25, 2022

Applications are open for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships 2022. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with them on practical innovative projects for local news.

Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a training workshop/program or building resources for journalists. All fellowship projects are built and implemented within the span of the 8 month fellowship.

Fellowship Types

They have three types of RJI Fellowships:

  • Residential: 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. Resource examples include access to programmers and app developers, support to conduct market research, and paid students to produce multimedia content.
    Your final project — in the form of strategies, products or services — developed from the original idea will be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia, Missouri, for the duration of this fellowship. The project can be tested and implemented at one of the Mizzou newsrooms or another newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.
  • Non-Residential: Nonresidential 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: 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. The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used for salary relief for the fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project. The project will be implemented and tested at the institution or in a newsroom of their choice during the fellowship.


  • 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 U.S. news organizations.
  • They also accept proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news and/or organizations to address a challenge that impacts U.S. journalism and newsrooms.
  • Anyone above the age of 18 can apply for the Residential and Non-residential fellowships.
  • Only managers and executives from institutions or companies can apply for the Institutional fellowship.


Questions you will answer:

  • What will you be creating/building for your fellowship project? 
  • What problem or need in local journalism does your idea address?
  • Who are you hoping to serve with your final product? (Ex: specific newsrooms, geographical areas, communities etc)
  • Where do you plan to implement/test this project during your fellowship? (You will be expected to implement your idea in a newsroom during your fellowship and publish results from it. If you would like to work with a Mizzou newsroom, please put that.)
  • How do you see your previous experiences in journalism informing your project 
  • Tell us about a time you built something from scratch 
  • Is there anything else we should take into consideration?

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For more information, visit RJI Fellowships.