World Press Institute fellows begin their fellowship in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, with briefings about aspects of the United States.
The fellows then embark on a journey across the U.S., with briefings, interviews and visitations in states in the nation.
Selection is a competitive process. Each year, 100-200 journalists outside the U.S. apply.
Candidates are not considered if their application package is late or incomplete.
After the World Press Institute staff winnows the number of applicants to 30 or so, the fellows are picked by the World Press Institute selection committee, composed of journalists and corporate communications specialists, all with international experience.
It is committed to achieving racial and gender equity in its selection of fellows, topics and persons interviewed.
World Press Institute pays all program costs, including transportation to the U.S. and back, all transportation within the U.S. related to the World Press Institute program, and all lodging costs.
In addition, a modest daily per diem for food is provided.
Personal expenses, such as cameras, film, postage and clothing, are the responsibility of the fellows.
Requirements for applicants, who must have demonstrated a potential for leadership, include: