O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism

The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is accepting applications for its 2017-18 class of O’Brien Fellows. The deadline to apply is Jan. 26, 2018.

Environmental reporters around the country have made great use of the yearlong O’Brien Fellowship, examining Arizona’s water woesthreats to the Great LakesChina’s carbon emissions, the dangers of diacetyl and climate change.

This is a reporting fellowship. If you are looking for a sabbatical, this is not the program for you. O’Brien Fellows will return to their newsrooms after an academic year with a world-class project and a paid Marquette student intern for summer immediately following the fellowship. Once selected each fellow must agree to:

  • Spend the academic year working out of an office in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Engage with Marquette students and faculty in the pursuit of his/her fellowship project.
  • Participate in a conference spotlighting the work of the fellowship project – an event the college will produce and host after the fellowship period.

Applicants must have at least five years professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may work as journalists for news or editorial departments of newspaper, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.

Applications from international journalists are welcome, but they must meet the same qualifications as journalists based in the United States. However, due to the competiveness of the O’Brien Fellowship award, international applicants must demonstrate extensive experience reporting and telling stories from countries other than their own.

Stipend and benefits

  • A stipend totaling $65,000, with health insurance and benefits if the fellow’s employer does not provide them, or if he or she works as an independent journalist.
  • A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area: $4,000 for a single, married or partnered fellow, $6,000 for a fellow with one child, $7,000 for a fellow with two children, $8,000 for a fellow with three or more children.
  • A moving allowance between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on family size and distance. (Fellows from the Milwaukee metropolitan area are not eligible for a moving allowance.)
  • A travel allowance up to $4,000 depending on the nature of the project.
  • Up to $4,000 technology, research and equipment allowance for project-related expenses.
  • Fellows and their spouses are eligible during the fellowship for tuition remission (up to seven credits) for courses offered by Marquette University.

Questions? Please call:

Dave Umhoefer
O’Brien Fellowship interim director
Phone: (414) 288-5959
Email: david.umhoefer@marquette.edu

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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