Durham University Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship for International Students in the UK for 2023/2024

About the Scholarship:

The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship offers an exceptional opportunity to early-career journalists—an immersive six to nine-month Fellowship with Durham University. This unique experience involves working on an investigative project within the Reuters newsroom in London. During the Fellowship, selected journalists will receive guidance from top Reuters editors who are experts in their field, be supervised by Durham University, and gain access to university researchers and academics. The primary goal of this Fellowship is to provide aspiring journalists with the chance to enhance their rigorous, fact-based research and reporting skills.

About Sir Harry Evans:

Sir Harry Evans, a pioneer of contemporary investigative journalism, is celebrated through the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship. He is renowned for his award-winning work as the editor of The Northern Echo, The Sunday Times, and The Times. His remarkable achievements include leading campaigns to secure compensation for Thalidomide children, uncovering Soviet spy Kim Philby’s cover-up, and exposing corporate deception at the heart of the 1974 DC-10 Paris air crash. Sir Harry Evans was hailed as the greatest British newspaper editor of all time by his peers.

Scholarship Benefits:

The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship offers an extraordinary opportunity to a young journalist with a career in journalism. The Fellowship spans nine months at Durham University, with the Fellow working on an investigative project within a newspaper, which may be based in London, New York, or Toronto. During this period, the Fellow will receive guidance from editors at Reuters or other media partners. The Fellowship aims to provide Fellows with the opportunity to refine their rigorous, fact-based research and reporting skills.

Key benefits of the Fellowship include:

  • A stipend of approximately £53,333 per year or around £4,444 per month.
  • A monthly living allowance of £1,250.
  • A lump-sum payment of £1,800 for travel and associated costs.

In certain cases, Durham University may also contribute up to £12,000 to the current employer of the successful applicant to cover temporary staff costs when the applicant is already employed by a news or media organization and takes a leave of absence to pursue the Fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified applicants should possess professional journalism experience from their early career positions. Additionally:

  • Applicants who are not currently employed as journalists but have experience in investigative reporting in a related field may be considered on an individual basis. This may include individuals involved in managing human rights or other socio-political publications and campaigns, working as authors or researchers on reputable investigative projects, or developing in-field photo or video research projects, documentaries, or exhibitions.

Application Process:

To apply for the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the application form provided by Durham University.
  2. Submit the following documents:
    • A brief introduction (up to 500 words) detailing your background, fellowship objectives, and how your vision of journalism aligns with the fellowship’s mission.
    • A comprehensive research project proposal for the Fellowship (maximum 800 words).
  3. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with a link to submit the required documents.

Selection Process:

The selection process for the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship is open to qualified applicants from around the world. The Fellowship Committee, responsible for overseeing the application process, aims to consider a diverse range of candidates. Applicants must meet the necessary immigration criteria, as the Fellowship will be completed in Durham and London. The program encourages applications from individuals belonging to underrepresented groups in the media.

The Fellowship Committee will evaluate applicants based on the specified selection criteria, including interviews as the final step. Interviews will be conducted as part of the selection process.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the 2024 Fellowship must be submitted by noon BST on Thursday, August 10, 2023. Shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an online interview with the Fellowship Committee.

For further information and inquiries, please refer to the frequently asked questions here.

Please ensure your application is completed and submitted by the deadline to be considered for this prestigious Fellowship opportunity.

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