Twyla Cecil/Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
The NPR Kroc Fellowship identifies and develops a new generation of extraordinary public radio journalists.
Over the course of a year, the three Kroc Fellows get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing. Throughout the experience Kroc Fellows can expect to develop:
- Production and editorial skills, by working on an NPR program. Past fellows have worked at All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition Saturday
- Reporting and on-air experience, by working under the guidance of NPR editors
- Web writing and multi-media production skills, by working with NPR Digital Media producers and editors
- First-hand broadcast journalism experience, by working at an NPR Member Station
The Fellowship is designed to offer exposure to various units at NPR, in both the News and Digital Media Divisions, and at an NPR Member Station. NPR Kroc Fellows work alongside some of the nation's most respected reporters, producers and editors and receive regular instruction in writing for radio and on-air performance.
The Fellowship begins in August and lasts one year. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $40,000 and benefits, including paid vacation. NPR will provide Kroc Fellows with professional guidance and assist in job placement.
While the ideal Kroc Fellow aspires to work in public radio, previous journalism or radio experience is not required. Candidates should be close to completing a undergraduate or graduate degree, or have earned a degree no more than one year prior to December 31. Kroc Fellows must be able to demonstrate exceptional potential and drive.
Applications are accepted all year round. Those applications postmarked on or before December 31, will be considered for the Fellowship beginning in August of the following year. After the hiring team reviews the applications, finalists are selected for an round of in-person interviews at NPR in April or May. Selections are made shortly thereafter. Each completed application should include:
- Three references, at least two of which are from professional or academic contacts. (Forms will be provided.)
- Academic transcript(s)
- Cover letter, explaining why you should be selected.
- Sample of work reflecting remarkable initiative or accomplishment. This might include a writing sample (of 1000 words or less, please), an excerpt (five minutes or so) from a video production or a musical composition, etc.