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Durham University 2022 Journalism Global Fellowship for International Students

The Fellowship provides an unrivalled opportunity for an exceptional early career journalist: a six to nine month Fellowship with Durham University which will include undertaking an investigative project from inside the Reuters newsroom in London, mentored by top Reuters editors in the field while being overseen by Durham University and having access to University academics and research resources. This Fellowship is designed to give the applicant the chance to develop rigorous, fact-based research and reporting skills.?? 

The Fellowship was created in honour of Sir Harry Evans, one of the pioneers of modern investigative journalism. The award winning work he spearheaded as editor of The Northern Echo,?The Sunday Times and The Times – from his celebrated campaign to obtain compensation for Thalidomide children, to exposing the cover-up of Soviet spy Kim Philby and unmasking corporate deception at the heart of the DC-10 Paris air crash in 1974 – made him the gold standard of courageous public interest journalism. He was voted by his media peers as the Greatest British Newspaper Editor of all time.?

About Durham University

Durham University (legally the University of Durham) is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, with a second campus in nearby Stockton-on-Tees. It was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to commence tuition in England for more than 600 years and claims to be the third oldest university in England (which would make it the seventh or eighth oldest in the UK), although this is disputed. The Durham University estate includes 63 listed buildings, ranging from the 11th-century Durham Castle ... read more


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Journalism Global Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of Journalism Global Fellowship

The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism provides the opportunity for an early career journalist to develop their ideas and collaborations in a thriving community of journalists and researchers, including through engagement with the University’s departments, institutes and colleges.  

The successful applicant will be employed by Durham University for the period of the Fellowship and will spend time on placement in the Reuters newsroom in London, or with another suitable partner selected by Reuters. The successful applicant will also be allocated an appropriate academic supervisor and mentor at Durham University.  

The Fellowship commands a monthly salary of c.£4,444 per month for each month of the Fellowship (equivalent to a pro-rata salary of c.£53,333 per year), in addition to a maximum £1,250 per month living stipend, and a one-off payment of £1,800 for travel and expenses. 

Where the successful applicant is an existing employee of a news or media organisation and taking a period of leave in order to pursue the Fellowship, Durham University will pay up to a maximum of £12,000 to their employer to cover temporary staff costs, subject to specific terms and conditions.


Requirements for Journalism Global Fellowship Qualification

Qualified applicants will be early in their careers and will have professional journalism experience. 

  • Where a prospective applicant is not currently a journalist but has worked in an investigative reporting capacity in a related professional field (for example: leading human rights or other socio-political publications and campaigns; working as an author or researcher on authoritative investigative work; or developing in-field photo- or video-research projects, documentaries, or exhibitions) applications may be considered on case-by-case basis. 
  • Applicants should apply as per the instructions and format outlined above.?

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Journalism Global Fellowship

The Harry Evans Fellowship is a global opportunity, and we therefore welcome applications from all eligible candidates, regardless of their current location. The Fellowship will be undertaken in Durham and London, and the successful candidate will need to meet applicable immigration requirements. We encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in the media. 

The application process will be overseen by the Fellowship Committee who will ensure a diverse panel of candidates are considered for the opportunity. Applicants will be assessed in accordance with the selection criteria above. The final stage will be an interview.? 

The successful applicant will be notified of the outcome by Saturday 1?October 2022. The Fellowship will commence in early 2023.


Application Deadline

August 15, 2022


How to Apply

Applications for the Fellowship close midday BST Monday 15 August 2022 and are to be submitted by email.?? 

1. Complete the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship Application form (.docx). Within this form, you will be asked to complete:? 

  • ?A short statement (up to 500 words) telling the Fellowship Committee about yourself; what you hope to achieve with this opportunity; and how your vision of journalism fits with the spirit of the Fellowship.??? 
  • A detailed proposal (up to 800 words) for an investigative project you would like to execute during the Fellowship. Multimedia journalism is encouraged, and the proposal can include a small amount of relevant visual material, such as graphics, photos or a video clip. The proposal should tell the Fellowship Committee clearly what the story is about; what’s original about it, including what the new findings would be; why the story is important; what impact it might have; how you would report it; and how you would tell it. This proposal will be an important part of the Fellowship Committee’s evaluation, though Reuters editors may opt to assign the successful fellow another project.

2. Save your completed form in the file format: FirstName-Surname-SHEF-Fellowship.

3. In addition to the application form, we also require the following:?? 

  • Demonstration of published examples of work (up to five examples), as links to published work or as attachments to the email.
  • A letter of recommendation from an editor who has worked closely with you, assessing your abilities and potential as an investigative journalist.? 

4. Send the completed form and attachments to [email protected] no later than midday BST Monday 15?August 2022.?

Application, inclusive of the completed application form and relevant attachments, must be emailed to [email protected] no later than this date/time.

Should applicants wish to discuss any questions, these can be submitted to [email protected] for response.

For more details, visit Durham University website.

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