The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists who focus on covering 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. Excellent written and spoken English skills are required. A living stipend will be provided, and expenses, including airfare and housing, will be covered.
The selected 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 bylines through various media outlets.
Meera Srinivasan, 2015/16 Neuffer Fellow, shares “the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is unique, as it offers access to very rich academic and professional resources in Cambridge [MA] and New York. As Neuffer Fellow I have had the opportunity to engage with a wide range of people, including scholars, senior journalists and activists, during the last seven months. It has been an exciting and valuable learning experience.”
Including Srinivasan, 11 journalists representing nine countries have been selected as 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.
The IWMF accepts applications in the spring of each year.
The goal of the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is to provide women journalists with a transformative experience by offering them opportunities to complete research and coursework at leading academic institutions and build reporting skills through internships at major U.S.-based media outlets.
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women journalists worldwide whose work focuses on human rights and social justice issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and/or Internet-based media, including freelancers, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a minimum of three years experience in journalism. Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
The following items constitute a completed application:
• Completed application form
• Current resume or CV
• Two work samples (links preferred)
• Two letters of recommendation
Each fellowship will be tailored to the recipient. Working with the IWMF, the fellow will design a program that will enable her to pursue academic research while improving her ability to cover human rights and social justice issues. The fellow will be based at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a research associate during the first several months of the fellowship. During this time, she may conduct an internship at The Boston Globe. During the second portion of the fellowship, the fellow may conduct an internship at The New York Times while living in New York.
The fellow will be selected by a committee made up of family and friends of Elizabeth Neuffer and IWMF Advisory Council members. Consideration of candidates will be based on their complete applications, the caliber and promise of their reporting on human rights and social justice issues, and their personal statements explaining how the fellowship would be a transformative experience for their careers. Finalists for the fellowship may be interviewed by the IWMF and the Fellowship selection committee.
One journalist will be selected for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship each year.
All applicants will be notified about the committee’s selection in June.
The seven-month program begins in the Fall and concludes in the Spring every year. The program will include both an orientation session at the start of the fellowship and a wrap-up at the end. The fellow must complete the entire program.
A fixed monthly stipend will be provided to cover housing, meals, and ground transportation during the fellowship. Round-trip economy airfare will be purchased from the fellow’s place of residence to Washington, D.C., and from Washington, D.C., to the fellowship city. The fellow will receive health insurance during the program. The fellowship does not include a salary. For fellows residing outside of the United States, the fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa.
The fellow will be fully responsible for any additional incidental expenses and other costs.
Family members are welcome to accompany the fellow. However, the IWMF will not be responsible for any arrangements or expenses related to the travel and residence of family members, including support of visa applications.