Ochberg Fellowship Program

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Ochberg Fellowship Program: The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma invites midcareer journalists to apply for the Ochberg Fellowship Program, a seminar program for journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury and improve coverage of violence, conflict, and tragedy.

The program accepts applications from journalists worldwide.

Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars and discussions at Columbia University in New York City.

Program activities include background briefings by interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft, and other aspects of professional practice; and a host of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

Fellowships are open to print, broadcast, and online reporters, as well as photographers, editors, and producers with no fewer than five years' full-time journalism experience.

Applicants' work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families, or communities.

All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.

Ten to fifteen fellows will be selected. The fellowship covers all travel, accommodations, and other expenses directly related to program participation.

Fellowship Application

To apply, please complete the online Ochberg Fellowship Application and submit it electronically, as described.

A letter of interest (no more than one or two pages in length), resume, two samples of work and two letters of recommendation are required for the application.

Instructions for uploading are included with the application.

Note: Application materials must be submitted in English. If your journalistic work is conducted in a language other than English, please submit two sets of work samples - one in its original language and another in English translation.

For non-English audio, video or multimedia, you may submit a translated transcript.

Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship core faculty and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor. Among judges' considerations are whether applicants:

  • Demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath;
  • Have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
  • Will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.

    Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity, and overall group composition.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

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