Do I need to have a journalism degree or journalism experience to apply?
While a demonstrated appetite for journalism is desired, there is no specific requirement for a journalism degree or experience as a journalist.
Do I have to be an American citizen to apply for the fellowship?
No, but foreign nationals must have the appropriate authorizations to work in the United States.
What are the deadlines?
Applications must be received with a postmark on or before April 30. Finalists will be notified in early June and invited to travel to Washington for an interview with the fellowship committee later in the month. Travel costs for the interview will be paid by NPR and The Washington Post. Candidates will be notified of their selection by the end of June and asked to confirm their commitment early in July. The fellowship begins after Labor Day.
How do I apply?
Download and complete the application form. The completed application should include:
- A resume
- Academic transcript(s)
- A cover letter explaining why you want to be selected for the fellowship, and what you have done to make the world a better place – a value that was shared by Stone and Holt Weeks
- Include two recommendations, one from a supervisor and one from a teacher or mentor
- Two or more writing samples not exceeding a total of 1,000 words
Send your application and supporting materials to:
The Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship
1111 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Is this a paid position?
Yes, the fellow will receive $800 per week (pre-tax). The Post will pay the Fellow during the time s/he is working there, and NPR will pay the Fellow when s/he is at NPR. Compensation does not include benefits, given the brevity of the assignment at each organization.
Will NPR and The Washington Post cover the cost of the selected fellow's travel to and from DC?
The round-trip cost of travel to Washington, D.C., will be covered, but rent and all other living expenses are the responsibility of the fellow.
How many fellows will be selected?
One person will be selected for the Fellowship.
Who chooses the fellow?
A committee of representatives from NPR and The Washington Post, as well as Linton and Jan Taylor Weeks, the parents of Stone and Holt.
Will I receive training?
Yes. In addition to one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists, there will be several training sessions covering key areas of journalism at The Post and NPR.
Will my work be published or aired?
Will I have to join a union?
No. Joining a union is not required for completing the Fellowship. NPR consulted with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and they agreed to consider you in "good standing" during your time at NPR and the union will waive your fees.
Will this fellowship lead to a permanent job at NPR or The Washington Post?
Completion of the Fellowship does not guarantee employment at either The Post or NPR, but we hope the experience and contacts made during the program will help jump-start a successful career in journalism.