All The Gordon Summer Journalism Fellowships are intended to support and inspire independent summer journalism projects in the U.S. or abroad, particularly (but not exclusively) for aspiring journalists, writers and photographers. The Fellowship is open to Yale Journalism Scholars and to active participants in the Yale Daily News and its affiliated publications. Applicants are encouraged to be ambitious and creative in their thinking.
The Fellowships are intended to fund all expenses of a summer project, including travel, equipment and living expenses. Projects should first and foremost be journalistic in nature, involving first hand reporting, researching and writing of current events, issues or trends intended for publication in a newspaper or magazine (including on-line news or information sites). Investigative and analytical projects are encouraged. These are primarily journalism fellowships, not travel fellowships, and proposals need not involve travel.
Duration: Projects are expected to be summer-long, half-summer or one month in duration; however, projects that are begun during the Fellowship but designed to continue into the future will also be considered.
Who is Eligible: Fellowships are intended for (1) Yale Journalism Scholars and (2) members of the YDN Board, in either case who are in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application (i.e., for summer after sophomore or junior year). Graduating seniors may also be considered.
Amount/What’s Covered: Projects will be funded based on scope and need. Grants have ranged from $3,000 to $7,000 in the past. Shorter term project will likely qualify for relatively less funding. The grants are intended to cover all expenses related to the project, including travel, equipment and living expenses. Applicants will be expected to develop and submit a reasonably detailed budget. No more than $12,000 will be awarded for all Fellowships in any one year.