can apply for a fellowship?
The Alicia Patterson fellowships are open only to U.S.
citizens who are
fulltime print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work fulltime
for U.S. print
publications, either in America or abroad. The aim of
the trustees who established the foundation was to improve the quality
of U.S. print journalism. Foreign
journalists seeking fellowship help
may want to consult the annual list of contest and awards compiled by
Editor and Publisher magazine in New York City.
That issue is published
the last week of December each year and can often be found in business
libraries. The magazine sells individual copies of the issue
A complete, typed statement not to exceed three (3)
pages, on how you would use an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship,
and why. A brief
summary of the four articles you will be required to
write as an APF fellow should be included as part of your statement.
Each candidate may submit only one
proposal. Two applicants may
collaborate on one proposal, for example, a writer and a photographer.
1. Please submit three copies of three articles with
and place noted. To fit into the judges' packets, they must be kept to
8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Either reduce longer articles by copy machine
reduction or cut and paste articles on several 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of
white paper. Reprints from databases are
2. Number multiple pages of any article. Please don't use staples or
fancy folders because we need to duplicate your material for the
judges. You may submit
originals or clear photocopies. Please don't
send books or chapters of books.
3. Each part of series counts as one article, so it may be wise to
choose only one part of a series and submit two other, unrelated
articles in order to show
diversity of topics.
4. Please do not submit any more than three articles. The judges will
see only three and we'd rather you make the selection. The content of
the articles, rather t
han date or place or publication, is most
Please send three copies of four samples of work you have
the guidelines above. Attach a statement regarding your contribution to
product. If you also write, you may substitute two of your
own articles in the four sample total.
Please submit one set of 8 to 12 samples. These can be
photographs or unmounted prints. No slides please. Samples cannot
exceed 12 x 14 inches.
Please make sure the text from your printer is dark enough
readable pages when photocopied. Fancy presentation (folders, binding,
sheaths for articles, even paper clips) make our work harder.
Also, fax copies do not reproduce well. Please don't wait until the
last day because we cannot
use fax transmissions. Please write atop the application form whether
you are applying for a
12 or 6 month fellowships. Note: judges on rare occasion have
six month fellowship for an applicant requesting a 12-month grant.
Remember, all applicants must submit application, clips, essays and
triplicate, in three separate packets. Photographers submit
only one set of their prints. Please arrange your materials in three
identical groupings, i.e. each
group includes one autobiography, one
budget, and one set of clips or work samples.
Have four (4) persons who are familiar with your work and
submit a letter of recommendation directly to the Foundation by October
There is no set template for the letters; please ask recommenders to
write about your talents, ability to overcome obstacles, etc. Please
list the names
and addresses of your references on the application
form. Professional Autobiography A typed statement, not to exceed two
(2) single spaced pges, to
include reasons for going into journalism, journalistic experience, and
A detailed, typed budget statement, not to exceed one (1)
include two categories.
Projected fellowship Costs: Travel, books, short-term housing, etc.
Personal Maintenance: An estimate of living expenses for one year for
yourself and your family (if any).
Where possible, list known costs; where not, estimate. Subtotal each
category, then total both. At the bottom of your budget page, please
indicate what funds,
if any, would be available from other sources in
support of your proposal fellowship year.
Hints and Advice
The foundation does not match salaries. The
$40,000 for twelve months and $20,000 for six months and must cover
your travel and
research costs. You also must pay taxes on this income,
which most fellows do by submitting quarterly payments to the IRS, as
many freelancers do.
We ask that you submit a budget to see how you would accomplish your
proposal. Although our project and living expenses may add up to more
stipend, the Foundation only can provide either $20,000 or
$40,000 to each fellow. If you are employed, it is customary for news
organization to make up
the difference between the stipend and your
salary. Many newsrooms require applicants so seek approval of a leave
before applying in order to receive the
paper or magazine's financial
support. Please check with your newsroom managers first. However, your
employer's ability or willingness to give you support
does not affect
the selection process.
You will be notified during mid-November if you have been
selected as a
semi-finalist. Winners will be chosen during the first week of
There usually are 5 to 7 fellows each year. Winners are
expected to begin their fellowships within the first three months of
the calendar year.
Q. May I continue working
if I win the fellowship?
A. The basic answer is no, as this is a full-time
fellowship. We do let
fellows engage in freelance writing, photography, etc. as long as the
fellow fulfills his or
her obligation to us first and are identified by
the freelance outlet as an Alicia Patterson fellow. Fellows find they
cannot teach or hold down time-consuming jobs
and do justice to their
Q. Who should I get to write
letters of recommendation?
A. The judges are impressed by letters from people with a
knowledge of you and your work. Big names should not be sought for
their own sake.
Supervisors at work, journalism professors, editors,
and experts in your field of inquiry are good sources, Letters from
your agent, book editor and other with
built-in conflicts aren't
recommended Recommender's letters should cover items such as your
talents, ability to work independently, meet deadlines and accomplish
project of the scope you're suggesting. Please ask recommenders to get
their letters to us by October 1st. The early rounds of judging begin
just a few days after
the deadline and judges only can evaluate the
letters we have received. You are not penalized if your recommenders
are a few days past October 1, but every year dozens of too-late
letters are not seen by the judges. We consider your application
complete if it contains three reference letters.
Q. May two people share a
fellowship and work on a project
A. Yes, but only a single stipend is awarded per project.
should be responsible for two of the four letters of reference: three
copies of two clips
(for an application total of four) and their own
biographical essay and application form. The proposal and budget should
be a joint effort. If a writer and
photographer apply, the writer
should submit three clips and the photographer 8 to 12 samples, as
Q. How do I get my photographs or
original clips returned?
A. If you want them back, please enclose a stamped,
envelope or mailing package large enough to hold them. We can only
return one set of clips,
as we keep the others on file. We will return
them before the end of the calendar year.
Q. Must the foundation receive my
application by October 1st?
A. Your application must be postmarked (or marked by FedEx,
October 1. Please send in your application early - we begin
Early submissions are much appreciated.
Q. Does the foundation fund book
A. The foundation is in the business of encouraging good
journalism - not underwriting books. However, we are aware that many
fellows go on to write books
about their fellowship subject. It is
neither a plus or a minus to have a book contract or proposal before
you apply, but we ask that you disclose any book advance in your
budget. The main emphasis of your proposal to us should be the
importance your topic has to the world of print journalism.