The Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting was established at Columbia Journalism School in 2007. It is a key activity of the Spencer Forum, a Foundation initiative established in 2005 to strengthen the connections between education research, policy and practice and to enrich the broader public discourse on issues related to education. The Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.
The Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting is open to journalists,
educators and education policy researchers who want to develop a
long-form journalism project to advance the understanding of the
American education system.
International journalists are invited to apply, but their projects must cover the American education system, and they must furnish a publication commitment that includes distribution in the United States.
The fellows will work with Columbia Journalism School faculty members who will serve as project advisers. A curriculum specialist will coordinate the selection of the fellows’ academic courses, preferably in the fall semester, either at Teachers College, the Journalism School, or elsewhere at Columbia.
Applicants with a full-time job should provide the school with a letter
that approves leave of absence for the academic year, a commitment to
publish the final project and guarantee of the reporter’s return to the
workplace. In turn, the candidate should produce a signed agreement that
he or she will rejoin the organization with a finished or nearly
Each fellow will be awarded a stipend of $75,000, which does not include travel or living arrangements.
Classes begin the day after Labor Day, with orientation the prior week.
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