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O’Brien Fellowships in Public Service Journalism

O’Brien Fellowships in Public Service Journalism

Deadline: 23 January 2020
Open to: applications from international journalists are welcome
Benefits: a stipend of $70,000


O’Brien Fellows complete an in-depth reporting project of their choosing on a topic of state, regional, national or international interest over two academic semesters. See their Work section of website for examples of the journalism produced by past fellows.

In the past, most Fellows have worked from a home base in the O’Brien newsroom in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Due to COVID-19 applications for remote, partial residency and full residency arrangements are accepted.
Mentor and team with top Marquette journalism students in the pursuit of an investigative or explanatory journalism project.


Staff-employed or independent journalists welcome. Applicants should have at least five years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may be connected to print operations, radio, television, websites, podcasts, online publications, wire services, or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.

Applications from international journalists are welcome.


A stipend of $70,000 for nine months for your salary, paid to your sponsoring organization, or directly to the fellow in the case of independent journalists.


For more information please visit the official website.