Boston Globe Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2017 for American Journalists.

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2017, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST
Recipient(s) announced: On or around June 22, 2017

Investigative project proposals from experienced journalists with substantive bodies of published or produced work that have appeared in major print, broadcast, radio, or online outlets. Story leads must have a U.S. domestic focus and be of public interest. Particular consideration will be given to proposals that investigate serious wrongdoing and abuse of power in the public or private sector. The project may focus on events happening in one area of the country but should have national resonance and should show the likelihood that similar problems will be found in other places, including Massachusetts.

The selected journalist(s) will work as resident or nonresident fellow(s) at The Boston Globe and receive support, mentoring, and editorial guidance from the Globe editorial team.


  • Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors working at a news organization, may apply.
  • Investigative project proposals must be focused on a United States domestic issue.
  • Applicants must be U.S. residents and the age of majority in state of residence.
  • To accept the fellowship, the selected fellow(s) must sign an acceptance letter agreement, to be provided by The Boston Globe, that confirms the approved project, budget, and timeline.


  • The fellowship may be awarded by The Boston Globe in its sole discretion as either a single $100,000 award to one selected fellow or team or as two $50,000 awards to two selected fellows or teams.
  • The fellow or fellows must be willing to team up with reporters and editors from The Boston Globe Spotlight Team and accept Globe editing for the story or project.
  • The fellow or fellows must be available to Globe editors for guidance and adhere to the standards of the Globe, both in pursuit of the story and in what is published. Reporters with existing publications will be considered, and the Globe will be willing to work with editors from that publication and copublish the work.
  • The Globe will own all rights, including the copyright, to any editorial content created and published by the Globe resulting from this program, and the applicant will agree to execute any requested written assignment of rights.
  • Fellow(s) will be given appropriate story credit consistent with the Globe‘s editorial guidelines.


Application materials:

  • Project proposal letter that includes an outline of the story and a proposed timeline of completion
  • Résumé/C.V. for all reporters involved
  • Estimated budget (including salary)
  • Up to five writing samples

All fields are required.
All documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. dollars.
All files should be uploaded in PDF format.
If you are applying as a team, please have one individual submit your team’s materials but include résumés for each team member.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Boston Globe Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

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