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Have the urge to follow a story overseas? Apply for an IRP fellowship

International Reporting ProjectThe International Reporting Project, which encourages U.S. journalists to cover global stories of importance, will award fellowships for reporting on international religion and general international issues in the fall of 2012.

Interested in applying? Here are the fellowships eligibility parameters.

  • Open to U.S. journalists with five years of experience.
  • U.S. citizens or work full time in the U.S. or from a U.S. based organization.
  • No minimum or maximum age limit and freelancers and staff journalists are encouraged to apply.
  • An application, work samples and a recommendation letter are needed.
  • Applicants are required to write 800-word proposals.
  • Proposals will outline a topic they’ll cover in a country outside of the U.S.

Among the selection criteria is the preference for applicants to propose, in their essay, fresh material and to avoid suggesting stories that deal with ongoing projects or  topics covered in the past.

International Reporting Project

Map of IRP reporting around the world.

Journalists selected will spend time in Washington D.C. at the IRP offices for an orientation and then will cover a topic in the country of their choice for five weeks.

Five fellowships have already been awarded to U.S journalists reporting on global health topics like water related diseases, HIV/AIDS, and new scientific research.  These IRP Fellows will start mid-February and go through mid-April 2012.

Work produced by IRP Fellows will be featured on the organization’s website and also in the news outlets where they work.  Freelancers will work with IRP staff  to have their work from the fellowship placed.

Applications for the fall program are due April 2. For complete details, visit IRP’s website.



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