Tarbell Fellowship Program for Early Career Journalists ($50k Stipend)

The Tarbell Fellowship Program will run for one year targeting early-career journalists who have shown interest in covering emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence.

Fellows receive a 9-month placement at a major newsroom, participate in a study group covering AI governance & technical fundamentals, and attend a 2 week journalism summit in Oxford. The Tarbell Fellowship provides a stipend of up to $50,000 to support these placements.

Benefits of Tarbell Fellowship Program

What we offer:

Placement. Fellows receive 9-12 placement at a major newsroom covering artificial intelligence. Placement details vary by outlet. 

Stipend. Fellows receive stipends of up to $50,000, depending on circumstances, for the duration of their placement. We expect stipends to vary between $35,000 – $50,000 depending on location and personal circumstances.


Intensive AI Training. Prior to placements, fellows undergo a 2-month program on AI technical and governance fundamentals. This program requires ~10 hours per week and is conducted remotely. Sessions include guest lectures, paired assignments, and readings.

Oxford Summit. Fellows attend a two week summit in Oxford at the beginning of the fellowship. This will be an intensive fortnight of guest speakers, workshops and networking events in Oxford and London. Travel and accommodation costs will be fully covered.

How it works

  1. Challenging. Fellows will spend the year building skills and a strong portfolio to accelerate their journalism career. As the fellowship is not associated with a specific news outlet, fellows must work hard to gain experience. Stipends may be used to support freelancing, placements in major newsrooms, or the production of other forms of journalism.​
  2. Full-time. The fellowship is a full time commitment. Journalism is a highly competitive industry, and we expect fellows to be completely focused on succeeding.
  3. ​Remote. The fellowship is entirely remote. This enables us to support rising journalism talent from around the globe.

However, we strongly encourage fellows to move to international journalism hubs for the duration of this fellowship. We expect this to accelerate fellows’ careers and will give preferential treatment to those willing to do this.

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How To Apply

The Tarbell Fellowship application process comprises 5 stages. The further you get, the more time we’ll ask you to invest.

Deadline for application is 1st October 2023

Visit Tarbell Fellowship website to learn more and apply now

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