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Wolfson Press Fellowship Programme

Status: Closed

  • Fellowships

Organisation: Commonwealth Journalists Association

Deadline: 10/01/2024

Location: Wolfson College, Cambridge

The Wolfson College, Cambridge, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Journalists Association has invited applications for a Derek Ingram Press Fellow to join the Wolfson Press Fellowship Programme.

This is a residential programme held at Wolfson College for three months during the Easter Term, 2024. The Programme has been running since 1982 and to date has welcomed over 350 journalists from 47 countries.

The Ingram/CJA Fellowship is open to established journalists from any Commonwealth country.  The successful candidate will join a small cohort of other journalists at Wolfson College in April 2024 for a ten-week period during which he or she will investigate a subject of their own choosing under light academic supervision. While they are in Cambridge, Press Fellows have access to all the resources of a world-leading university and full membership of the most cosmopolitan college in Cambridge.


  • Each Press Fellow is free to choose what they wish to investigate; their project needs to be relevant to one or more of three broad themes.- The changing role of media in a networked world
    – Improving the reporting of business, the environment, sustainable development, medicine, bio-science and technology
    -The role of free media in democratic governance
  • As far as the third theme is concerned, they are keen that the Programme should contribute to ‘capacity building’ in countries which are emerging from authoritarian regimes and moving (at varying speeds) towards liberal democracy. Journalistic cultures which were shaped under authoritarian conditions do not necessarily adapt well to more open conditions. Yet functioning democracies need free and vibrant media – staffed by journalists who understand their responsibilities and roles under these new conditions.


  • The Fellowship covers all their living costs while they are in residence, the costs of academic supervision by an experienced scholar and travel and other expenses associated with their chosen project.


  • In selecting Press Fellows they apply two main criteria:The intellectual and personal qualities of the candidate, including his or her potential for leadership in the profession of journalism; and
  • The Project proposal.

Learn more here and apply.

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