THE JAMES W. FOLEY FELLOWSHIP
The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University have created a series of paid fellowships for graduate students. They will assist with outreach and media for the foundation while researching issues of journalists’ safety and hostage family interaction with the U.S. government. The organization is named for James Foley, a Medill alum, who was a foreign correspondent held hostage in Syria and beheaded by ISIS on Aug. 19, 2014.
The foundation was founded by Foley’s family the same year to improve the safety and treatment of independent freelance conflict journalists, to advocate for the safe return of Americans kidnapped abroad and to improve U.S. hostage policy.
The six-month fellowships will be based at the Medill Washington bureau and are available during the university’s spring, summer and winter quarters. The first summer fellow will be selected by June 1, with the fellowship starting on June 25. The deadline for applications is May 25.
The summer fellowship is open to students in their final quarter. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend from Medill and a $6,000 stipend from the foundation. (https://www.jamesfoleyfoundation.org/) The fellowship is part-time in the summer and full-time in the fall.
The winter fellowship will begin the first week of January and continue through late June. And the spring fellowship will begin at the start of April and end at Labor Day.
During their pre-graduation service, the fellows will work as web producer and social media manager for the foundation. They also will learn about U.S. hostage policy, journalists’ safety training and the issues of reporting in conflict areas through research and their own news coverage. And they will attend hazardous environment training.
When the fellows have completed their course work, they will also:
- Handle all speaking inquiries, mainly for Diane Foley, president of the foundation, and for the Foley Journalist Safety Training Curriculum;
- Organize media outreach for events and speaker engagements; and
- Update, index and improve the Journalists’ Safety Guide.
To apply for the summer fellowship, please send the following to Ellen Shearer (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- 300-word letter explaining your interest in the fellowship;
- Samples of your work;
- Names and contact information for two references.