Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship

Journalism students have the opportunity to apply for a reporting fellowship through the Pulitzer Center in Washington D.C. The program is part of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium, which aims to engage with critical global issues.

Journalism majors or minors of any year may apply each fall for the following year. The fellow will be announced during the annual Pulitzer Center Symposium at TCU in March.

The chosen fellow will produce an independent reporting project from almost anywhere in the world that addresses some of the most underreported stories of our time. A stipend will be awarded to help offset travel costs.

Fellows also get mentorship, networking opportunities and journalism resources through the Pulitzer Center. They attend a fellows weekend in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Pulitzer Center, to learn about the work of other fellows, network with professional journalists and more.

“The Pulitzer Center is interested in reporting projects that focus on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The Pulitzer Center’s definition of “crisis” is broad; it is not limited to “conflict” reporting. We see great value in covering the too often under-reported systemic level crises, from environmental, global health, and women and children’s issues to struggles for resources, human rights abuses, post-conflict reconstruction, or brewing ethnic tensions. We are interested in the stories that would typically not make the headlines without our support.” — The Pulitzer Center

Application details

Applicants must be either a journalism major or minor. Students may apply as early as their first semester and as late as their graduating semester.

  • The Department of Journalism will evaluate all applications. Three finalists will be forwarded to the Pulitzer Center for further evaluation. Only one applicant will be chosen.
  • The Pulitzer Center will work with the recipient to prepare for the project.
  • Upon returning, the fellow will share their experience with the Department of Journalism faculty, staff and students.

Previous Schieffer fellows

Fellow J.D. Pells ’22 presents his project on the impacts of gold mining in Ghana to the Pulitzer Center.

J.D. Pells ’22 reported on the impacts of illegal gold mining in Ghana.

Mariana Rivas ’19 reported on stateless children born in Colombia.

Jacqueline Flynn ’19 reported on the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kelsey Emery reported on rhinoceros poaching in South Africa.

To read about more projects completed by Student Fellows since 2009, visit pulitzercenter.org.


For questions regarding this program, please e-mail Patty Zamarripa at p.zamarripa@tcu.edu. For technical issues with the form, email Holly Rusak at holly.rusak@tcu.edu.

Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting Fellowship Application

Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting Fellowship Application

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