Since 2008, the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship has welcomed some of the most dedicated journalists from the U.S. and abroad to Columbia Journalism School, offering them the gift of time and resources to deepen their pool of knowledge and complete an ambitious journalistic project.
So far, I have had the privilege of observing more than 50 fellows take advantage of their year at this extraordinary research university to expand their thinking, their skill sets, their source base and their sense of what is possible in education reporting.
Past fellows have written books, in-depth magazine and newspaper series, produced radio documentaries and created podcasts. Many have gone on to become journalistic entrepreneurs and leaders in the field.
Since 2012, we have also offered a non-residential option, for those candidates who have a great project idea, but can’t relocate to New York City for a year.
If there is a big story you’ve always wanted to dig into, one that you know would benefit from a deeper dive into the kinds of research opportunities available at Columbia University and beyond, I invite you to apply.