2020 Pulitzer Fellow
Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship
Investigating Untold Religious Dimensions of Global Issues
As part of our collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Berkley Center selects one Georgetown student annually to receive the Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship. Fellows investigate or illuminate the religious dimensions of an international or domestic issue, bringing to light what is often overlooked, untold, or misunderstood. The summer-long fellowship provides dedicated funding and professional mentorship to support student projects in journalism.
Mentorship – Working closely with the Pulitzer Center, recipients build on their project proposal and decide on storytelling strategies and a plan of deliverables. Deliverables may include a combination of articles, photography, audio, video, or other medium published on the Pulitzer Center website. Recipients are also encouraged to seek other outlets for their work.
Cohort Community – Our fellows join other Campus Consortium fellows for the Pulitzer Center’s Washington Weekend, where students present and discuss their reporting projects and hear from professional journalists and editors. Learn about past Pulitzer Center student fellows and their projects here.
Global Experience – Reporting projects span the globe. Past Georgetown recipients have covered Columbia, Georgia, Bangladesh, and Kashmir. Successful applicants identify scholarly mentors from the Georgetown community and combine this academic expertise with on-the-ground reporting.
Who is eligible to participate in the program?
Full-time Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students at any campus (including the Law Center, School of Continuing Studies, and Georgetown University in Qatar) are eligible to apply.
Is there a stipend?
The Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship provides up to $3,000 to cover travel and on-site costs, including housing and food. The fellowship will not provide funds for the purchase of technological items that will have a useful life beyond your trip abroad. The fellowship does allow for a portion of your budget to be used in hiring interpreters.
Do I have to be an upper-class student to apply?
We welcome applications from students at all stages of their undergraduate or graduate career. Preference is given to students who do not have professional reporting experience.
What is the fellowship duration?
Fellows are selected in March of the award year, and they are expected to do the necessary preliminary research and networking prior to travel. Travel must take place between May and July of the award year, and fieldwork can take place over two to three weeks. Fellows may combine travel with other study abroad opportunities. Reporting projects are due in August of the award year.
What is the application cycle?
Applications open December 1, and applications are due by February 15. Decisions are announced in early April. More information will be available when the application cycle is open.
The Pulitzer fellowship is something I'm going to look back on as one of the most formative experiences of my life. It's motivated me to amplify voices that have gone unheard, whether in a future career in journalism or through nonprofit work.
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May 5, 2021
Syed Taha Kaleem (SFS‘22) has been selected as the Berkley Center-Pulitzer Center international reporting fellow for summer 2021. His project will explore Sufi shrines as sites of interfaith peacebuilding in Kashmir.
June 4, 2020
Rhya Evans (NHS’22) has been selected as the Berkley Center-Pulitzer Center international reporting fellow for summer 2020. Her project will explore the role of religion and culture in menstruation practices among Rohingya girls and women in Bangladesh.