Ida B. Wells Fellowship

Named after the pioneering African-American investigative reporter, the Ida B. Wells Fellowship was launched to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color.

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship provides four reporters each year with a $10,000 stipend and access to an Investigative Fund editor who will advise them throughout the process of producing their first substantial work of investigative reporting. The one-year fellowship also covers travel and other reporting costs associated with the project and the costs of attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. Each fellow will enjoy access to research resources, legal counsel, professional mentoring, and assistance with story placement.

The fellowship is a one-time educational opportunity and is non-renewable. Journalists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as are other reporters who believe their presence would contribute to diversifying the field of investigative reporting. The fellowship is open to entry-level or mid-career journalists, recent journalism school graduates, journalism students or journalism interns, as well as reporters in other fields seeking to pivot to investigative reporting. Applicants may be freelance or on the staff of a media organization.

The deadline for the 2017 application is March 1. On January 31, at 12 noon Eastern, the Investigative Fund will hold a Google Hangout to answer questions about applying. Visit the url below for details and answers to FAQs.

We are looking for reporters:

  • With great story ideas, a passion for holding the powerful accountable, an appetite for digging.
  • With the demonstrated ability to produce a narrative feature for print or broadcast.
  • Who would relish the opportunity to closely collaborate with editors.
  • Who are persistent, detail-oriented, and organized enough to complete a major project on deadline.

Winners will be notified in May and announced in June. Fellows are required to publish or air their projects in a U.S. media outlet within the fellowship year.

The Investigative Fund incubates and supports important investigative stories with the potential for social impact, which are published in a wide variety of print, broadcast, and online outlets. Investigative Fund projects have won some of journalism’s top awards, including the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the Scripps Howard Award, the IRE Medal, and the Hillman Prize.

A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Its programs include The Investigative Fund; a bestselling book imprint, Nation Books; the syndicated website TomDispatch; the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program; and Journalism Fellowships that support dozens of reporters every year.

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