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IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2023 for Women Journalists [Funding Available]: Apply by April 16

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2023 for Women Journalists.

About IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists committed to human rights and social justice reporting.

During this fellowship, the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and to participate in internships with The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Neuffer Fellowship is open to women, non-binary and gender non-conforming journalists whose work focuses on human rights and social justice issues.
  • All applicants for the Neuffer Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience. Internships and journalism-related work completed as a university student do not count as professional experience. Applicants may be affiliated or freelance journalists.
  • Journalists from any country around the world are eligible to apply. However, applicants must speak, read, and write English fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship.

Elements of Fellowship

A complete application will include the following information:

  • Biography
  • Current résumé or CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Fellowship goals
  • Two work samples covering human rights or social justice issues (links preferred)
    • If work samples are not in English, applicants must upload their own translations along with a professional translator’s assessment of their accuracy. Alternatively, applicants may have their work samples translated professionally.
  • Two letters of recommendation (in English)

Rather than a lengthy statement of interest, we ask applicants to answer a series of questions that will help us learn about them and their reasons for seeking the Neuffer Fellowship.

The following questions are included in the “Statement of Interest” section:

  • Why is this a good time in your career to participate in the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship? (limit of 500 words)
  • What is the single most important goal you hope to achieve with the Fellowship? Why? (limit of 500 words)
  • How will achieving the Fellowship goal outlined above improve your journalism on human rights and social justice issues? (limit of 250 words)
  • What are your long-term ambitions? What do you expect to be doing in five years after the Fellowship, and how do you expect the Fellowship experience to help you achieve those ambitions? (limit of 250 words)

The following questions are included in the “Fellowship Goals” section:

  • The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship has both an academic and journalism component. Does one hold more interest or importance for you in your current career situation than the other does? If so, please explain. (limit of 250 words)
  • Please indicate the subjects you would like to research and explain how they will enrich your journalism and how they relate to your career objectives. (limit of 500 words)
  • Please detail the kind of journalism experiences you would like to have and the particular skills you would like to develop during the newspaper internships. (limit of 500 words)
  • How will these experiences and skills advance your short and long-term career objectives? (limit of 500 words)
  • Beyond The Boston Globe and The New York Times, are there any outlets or events you would like to access while a Fellow? (limit of 500 words)

Financial Support

  • Neuffer Fellows receive a fixed monthly stipend to cover their living costs. The IWMF also arranges and covers the cost of housing in Cambridge and New York City for the fellow.
  • The IWMF purchases round-trip economy airfare from the fellow’s place of residence to Washington, D.C., as well as transportation between the Fellowship cities.
  • The fellow receives health insurance during the program. The Fellowship does not include a salary.
  • For fellows residing outside of the United States, the Fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa. The fellow is fully responsible for any additional incidental expenses and other costs.

Schedule of Fellowship

  • June 2022: Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow will be selected
  • January 2023: Fellowship begins in Boston with an internship at the Boston Globe and research/coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies
  • May 2023: Fellow moves to New York for internship at The New York Times
  • June 2023: Fellowship ends

How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.

Application Deadline

April 16, 2022


For any inquiries related to the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, contact Taylor Moore at

Click here to view the official notification for the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2023.


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