The Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting, headquartered at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to supporting long-form reporting that deepens and enhances the public’s understanding of education. Four fellows spend the academic year at Columbia University studying with scholars in disciplines that enrich their project, and with mentors in the Journalism School. International candidates may apply. English language proficiency is mandatory, and all materials including publication clips must be translated into English.

Read the published work of our past Spencer Fellows:


Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)


Greg Toppo



Scoring errorsTest errors exposed (2013 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award – Non-Deadline Reporting) by Heather Vogell
Maryland Schools Maryland’s mixed record on Advanced Placement tests (First Prize Winner – Large Newsroom, Education Writers Association) by Liz Bowie

Download The Long Game Press Release (Logo by Todd Hoffman – Photo by Kate McGee, KUT News)

Hope Against Hope

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