NPR Reflect America Fellowship application and program information Strengthen your journalistic skills while bringing new, diverse sources to NPR during this 12-month fellowship.

Help shape NPR's climate coverage: Apply for the 2023-24 Reflect America Fellowship

Come learn and grow with award-winning journalists at NPR as a 'Reflect America' Fellow. Jeannie Phan for NPR hide caption

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Come learn and grow with award-winning journalists at NPR as a 'Reflect America' Fellow.

Jeannie Phan for NPR

Because NPR has paused its hiring during a difficult budget period, the 2023-24 Reflect America Fellowship will be delayed. We will update this site as soon as we are cleared to reopen applications.

The 2023-24 Reflect America Fellowship will bring a tenacious journalist to NPR for 12 months to join our new Climate Desk and report on vulnerable communities, particularly Indigenous communities.

We're looking for someone who stays on top of the news, is well-versed in a wide range of topics, and wants to learn and grow in one of the nation's most dynamic news organizations. In this fellowship, you will build skills in essential aspects of climate reporting, learn to understand and analyze climate science, and work on accountability and investigative stories. Along the way, you'll also learn to assess potential solutions to climate threats, including those that underserved communities are exploring.

As a fellow, you'll expand your skills and portfolio, working and learning alongside journalists whose award-winning stories inform millions of people and provoke change.

Read the FAQ below for more information.

Background

Why did you create the Reflect America Fellowship?
This fellowship is part of nearly a decade of work to increase the diversity of NPR's sources. In 2013, the network began tracking the race/ethnicity, gender and geographic location of its news sources on its two largest shows, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. NPR found that its sources were overwhelmingly white, male and located on the east and west coasts. And while NPR has made steady progress, that work continues. This fellowship's focus shifts in 2023 to concentrate on one of the world's most important beats.

What does the fellowship involve?
The fellow will embed with NPR's new Climate Desk, where they'll pitch and report stories on one of the world's most important beats. Fellows will work and learn alongside journalists at NPR and member stations whose award-winning stories reach millions of listeners and readers.

Will I be on the air and get bylines on NPR.org?
Yes.

What's the fellowship like?
Want to know what it's like? Ask Pien Huang (PHuang@npr.org and @Pien_Huang), the first Reflect America Fellow, now a reporter covering domestic health for NPR's Science Desk; or current fellow Seyma Bayram (SBayram@npr.org and @SeymaBayram0), who is completing a rotation at the NPR Visuals Desk.

Do you have to be an American citizen to take part in the program?
No, but foreign nationals must have appropriate employment authorizations.

Who should apply?
Journalists with at least two years' experience (including internships and other fellowships) in any journalism medium. A full job description and application can be found here.

Application details and deadlines

What do I need in order to apply?
In lieu of a cover letter, each completed application must include answers to the following questions. These questions are designed to gauge how you think about reporting and about the journalism profession. Be specific and use your answers to set yourself apart:

  1. What are three climate stories happening right now in North America that NPR should focus on in 2023? Why are they important?
  2. Besides major news outlets, what people, accounts and outlets do you follow to stay informed?
  3. Tell us about a time when you pitched a story that was rejected. What did you learn from that experience?
  4. Tell us about an NPR climate story that you think could have been improved by different sources or better, more inclusive framing. What would you have done differently? Why?

Upload five links of your best journalistic work.

Provide contact information for two people who can speak to your work ethic, journalistic skills and passion for inclusive coverage.

Upload your resume.

How do I apply?
Submit your application here.

When is the application deadline?
Applications close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 8, 2023.

Selection process

How many Reflect America Fellows will be selected?
We will choose one Fellow.

Who chooses the Reflect America Fellow?
The Reflect America Fellowship Committee is made up of editors, producers and managers, including leaders of the new Climate Desk and members of the NPR Training team.

What is the timeline for selecting the Reflect America Fellow?

  • Nov. 21, 2022: Applications open
  • Jan. 8, 2023: Applications close
  • By Jan. 20, 2023: Three finalists are selected by the Fellowship Committee
  • Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2023: Interviews
  • By Feb. 10, 2023: The selected Fellow is notified
  • Aug. 14, 2023: The Fellowship begins

Is the Reflect America Fellowship paid?
Yes. The Fellow receives $75,000 a year, plus benefits, which include health insurance and paid vacation.

Is housing paid for?
No.

Will the fellowship be fully remote?
Fellows will have the choice of working remotely or on site.

After the fellowship

What happens when the fellowship is over?
Though two of our fellows landed reporting and producing positions, completion of the fellowship does not guarantee a job at NPR. We do all we can to help you make connections at NPR and at any of the more than 250 NPR Member stations around the country.

Still have questions?
Send additional questions to reflectamerica@npr.org during the application period (Nov. 21, 2022 through Jan. 8, 2023).