The Nieman Foundation is currently seeking applications to award two fellowships in Global Health Reporting at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States for journalists who report on health issues. One fellowship is reserved for a US citizen and the other is for a non-US citizen.
During the program, the fellows spend one academic year at Harvard pursuing a concentrated course, followed by upto four months of field work in a developing country. During their course at Harvard, the fellows have access to faculty and courses across the university.
Fieldwork in the developing country, which is funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, aims at providing the fellows with an intensive learning and reporting experience in countries with the most pressing problems in global health.
After the field work has been concluded, the fellows will need to compile the work based on their experience and academic studies. The work can be in the form of stories, case study, or a handbook of best practices related to reporting on health issues in a developing country.
Applicants must be full-time journalists (including freelancers) with at least five years’ experience. Journalists can work for news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible.
Any journalism-related work completed as a university student does not count toward experience. People who work in public relations or at organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible.
If appropriate, the applicant’s employer should approve a leave of absence for the academic year (10 months).
Within the past two years, an applicant should not have participated in a fellowship or taken a leave of absence from work that lasted four months or longer.
There is no nomination process. Candidates nominate themselves by submitting an application and supplementary materials. There is no age limit. There are no academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required.
Last date for submission of applications is January 31, 2012