IRP Fellowships – Online Application

Fellowships are for U.S. journalists. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible only if they are working as full-time staff members in the U.S. for a U.S.-based organization.

Once your application has been submitted, we suggest that you contact us to ensure that it has been received.

Deadline: April 2, 2024

Please enter your information into the application form:

Name:  Mr.  Ms. 

I’m applying to be considered for the following program:
 IRP Fellowship in Global Religion Reporting

Note: The program will not offer reporting fellowships on other topics for the fall 2024 program.

Country of focus:
(any country in the world outside the U.S.):
Current news organization:
(note: if freelancer, enter ‘freelance’)
Current job title:
(note: if freelancer, enter ‘freelance’)
Business Address:
Business Phone:
Home Address:
Home Phone:
Mobile Phone:
Preferred Mailing Address: Home    Business 
Date of Birth: Month:  Day:  Year: 
Place of Birth:
How long with current
Previous positions
with current employer
(including dates):
Previous employers (begin with most recent):
1. Employer:
Positions held:
Period of employment:
2. Employer:
Positions held:
Period of employment:
3. Employer:
Positions held:
Period of employment:
1. School:
Year graduated :
Degree(s) earned:
2. School:
Year graduated:
Degree(s) earned:
Professional awards,
fellowships and memberships in journalism groups:
Languages (list degree of proficiency — fair, good, fluent):
International travel
(list countries visited,
dates and purposes
of visits) :
Briefly describe your short- and long-term career goals:
The Fellows will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C. and will attend briefings and seminars. Describe how you think you would benefit from the Washington portion of the program and what kinds of speakers you would like to hear:
1. Name:
Organization and title:
Contact phone:
Contact email:
2. Name:
Organization and title:
Contact phone:
Contact email:
How did you first
hear about the
fellowship program?
IRP Fellows are required to produce news stories as a result of their grant. The IRP considers all stories as collaborations between the journalist and the IRP and will work with each Fellow in shaping projects and pitching final stories to major news organizations. In 250 words or less, please describe in detail the kinds of stories you intend to pursue.

How many stories do you plan to produce? What media will you be working in? What organization would you like to pitch to? Have you contacted any editors about running your stories? If so, have you informed them that the IRP requires credit on any stories produced as a result of the fellowship?


1. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONAll applications must be accompanied by one letter of recommendation from either a supervisor, former supervisor or someone who knows the applicant’s work. The letters should address the candidate’s experience, potential and interest in pursuing an international story. All letters should be sent directly to the IRP by the writer of the recommendation and are due by April 2, 2024.

Letters of recommendation may be emailed to


Print journalists should submit a maximum of three samples of their work. Each sample should be reasonably brief—no book chapters, please. Applicants may submit links to the samples.

Photojournalists may submit a maximum of seven separate photos.

Broadcast journalists should submit no more than two samples of their work. The samples should total no more than 30 minutes. Samples may be sent as mp3, wma, or similar files, or may be sent on DVDs or CDs.

Work samples cannot be returned to applicants.

Samples can be sent via email ( or postal mail. Please contact for any further questions on formatting and submission standards.


All applicants are required to submit with their application forms an essay of up to 800 words describing in detail the international news story project they plan to focus on during the fellowship. The essay should explain why this story is important, how the applicant became interested in it and why the applicant thinks it needs journalistic attention.

Essay (Please paste your essay into the field below. To do this, highlight the essay text in your word processor, select “Edit >Copy” in the application menu bar, then click into the form field and select “Edit>Paste” in your web browser’s menu bar):
I agree to abide by the terms of the Fellowship program, including participating in the required sessions in Washington, to travel overseas on a ticket purchased by the IRP, to return to Washington on the date specified by the program and to take part in the concluding sessions of the program. I also agree to produce news stories from my five-week international reporting trip, and that these stories will appear on the IRP web site and will be treated as full collaborations by the IRP and whatever news organization runs them. I agree to give credit to the IRP on all stories produced as a result of the fellowship and to treat the IRP as an equal partner in submitting these stories for journalism contests and awards.
(Please type your name into the field)
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