- Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
- Be a citizen or legal resident of any country in Latin America, Qatar, or United Arab Emirates. View the application procedures for international applicants.
- Have at least three years of professional experience in journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking et al). Projects are tailored to fellows’ experience and interests and should be relevant to the dynamic mental health and substance use landscape in their country or coverage area. Fellows employed full-time are not required to leave their jobs. Preference is given to journalists who work with or for a media outlet that expresses support for and commitment to publishing or broadcasting fellowship projects.
- Have a strong interest in mental health reporting during and after the fellowship year. Previous mental health reporting experience is not required.
- Attend mandatory expense-paid Fellowship Training Meetings in September at the beginning and end of the fellowship year at The Carter Center.
- Funding amount: $10,000 stipend
- Type of funding: Fellowship
- Target countries: USA, Latin America, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
- Application languages: English
Founded in 1996, the highly-competitive Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism awards yearlong, non-residential fellowships to journalists from the United States, Colombia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to report on a mental health topic of their choice. Fellows receive a generous stipend, training, networking opportunities, and access to top experts and resources in mental health and journalism.
The goals of the fellowships are to increase effective and accurate reporting on behavioral health issues; equip journalists with the tools needed to produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of behavioral health challenges; and develop a diverse cohort of better-informed journalists who can more effectively report on behavioral health across evolving and emerging platforms.
Every year, eight U.S. journalists are selected and awarded stipends of $10,000 each to cover expenses during the fellowship project. Selected international journalists are awarded a comparable stipend. If you apply as a team, the total stipend will be divided evenly among the team. The fellowship encourages total journalistic independence and only requires that the fellows report accurately.
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