Kroc Fellowships

The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 Kroc Fellowship has passed. If you submitted an application prior to the deadline, you will be hearing from us within a few weeks as to the status of your application.
Mrs. Joan B. Kroc

The late Joan B. Kroc.
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gift to NPR

The NPR Kroc Fellowship was established to identify and develop a new generation of extraordinary journalists for the public radio system.

Who Should Apply
NPR is looking for a diverse pool of applicants who aspire to work in public radio. Candidates must be just completing college or graduate school, or be out of school for one year or less as of December 31, 2012. They do not need journalism or radio experience, but must demonstrate exceptional potential and drive. PLEASE CLICK ON THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING ELIGIBILITY.

Fellowship In Brief
Three Kroc Fellows will be accepted into the program this year. The Fellowship begins in August 2013 and lasts one year. It includes a stipend of more than $40,000, plus benefits, which include paid vacation. Fellows will get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism — writing, reporting, producing and editing, for both radio and the Web. Kroc Fellows will work primarily at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C., though each Fellowship will include an assignment to an NPR member station.

Application Process
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Applications will be accepted now through the end of the year but must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.

Candidates should submit:

  • Resume
  • Three references, at least two of which are from professional or academic contacts. (Forms will be provided.)
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • A cover letter explaining why the candidate should be selected by the Kroc Fellowship Committee
  • A 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.

Finalists will be brought to Washington, D.C. to take part in an interview in April or May. The three Kroc Fellows will be notified shortly thereafter.

Kroc fellow Diane Geng covering Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Seattle alongside NPR's Wendy Kaufmann and KUOW's Deborah Wang.

Kroc fellow Diane Geng covering Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Seattle alongside NPR's Wendy Kaufmann and KUOW's Deborah Wang.

Rotations At NPR

NPR Kroc Fellows will work alongside some of the nation's most respected reporters, producers and editors. The program will ensure the Fellows develop:

  • Production and editorial skills, by working on an NPR show. 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

NPR will provide Kroc Fellows with professional guidance and assist in job placement toward the close of the one-year Fellowship.

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