Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

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Now in its 11th year, the fellowship provides an academic and professional opportunity for women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice to advance their reporting skills. The fellowship was created in memory of The Boston Globe correspondent and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Elizabeth Neuffer, who died while reporting in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF started this program to honor Neuffer’s legacy while advancing her work in the fields of human rights and social justice.

The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. All nationalities are welcome to apply, but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. The next IWMF Neuffer Fellowship runs from September 2015 to March 2016. The 2015/16 Fellow will complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program will provide the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills. Past fellows have taken advantage of opportunities to publish work under their byline through various media outlets.

To date, 11 journalists representing nine countries, have served as Neuffer Fellows since 2004. During the fellowship and beyond, they have explored a wide range of under-reported issues including gender-based violence, indigenous rights and religious intolerance.

If you are interested in participating in the fellowship, please review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) link below.

Applications for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship will be accepted April 1, 2015 through May 1, 2015. One outstanding woman journalist will be selected in June 2015.


  • Reynolds-thn IWMF names 2014/15 Neuffer FellowJune 17, 2014 – The IWMF has selected Louisa Reynolds, an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as the 2014-15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist the opportunity to develop expertise while focusing on human rights journalism and social justice issues. Reynolds, …

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  • FellowsEvery year, one woman journalist will be selected to spend seven months in a tailored program with access to MIT’s Center for International Studies as well as media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program will provide the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills covering topics related to human rights.


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  • Elizabeth NeufferIWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Elizabeth Neuffer (1956-2003) believed passionately that writing and reporting could bring the world together, providing justice for victims of atrocities and pricking the conscience of powerful decision-makers. Elizabeth left a legacy of love and compassion. Her belief in the transformative power of international travel and study has inspired others to follow in her footsteps.


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  • FAQSupport the FellowshipEach year we raise funds from a number of individuals to support the fellowship, but our goal is to offer the program in perpetuity. If you are interested in designating a legacy gift to recognize Elizabeth’s work, please contact us. You can make a difference today… and tomorrow.


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  • FAQFAQsThe Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women journalists whose focus is human rights and social justice. Applicants must be dedicated to a career in journalism in print, broadcast or online media and show a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues upon the completion of the fellowship.


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  • BlogBlogThe Neuffer fellows, women journalists whose focus is human rights and social justice, spend seven months in a tailored program with access to MIT’s Center for International Studies as well as media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. They share their experiences in this blog.


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