Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists

The fellowship has allowed me to show my work in front of some of the top photo editors in the industry, many of whom had never opened their doors to me before this project.

 Eileen Truax, 2016 Bringing Home the World Fellow

The Bringing Home the World Fellowship sends U.S. minority journalists overseas to cover stories that resonate with their local communities. We aim to support diverse new voices and fresh perspectives on underreported global issues, and advance minority journalists’ careers.

The program is founded on the belief that if you change the storyteller you change the story.

Since the program began in 2011, fellows have produced hundreds of stories that have propelled their careers and enriched their audiences.  

  • The fellowship has increased the diversity of voices reporting internationally, supporting 94 fellows in 49 countries.
  • One-third of participants have attributed their career advancement to the fellowship.
  • Nearly one-quarter of the reporters have won awards for their stories produced through the program.
  • Many fellows come from small- and medium-size news outlets, which often do not have the resources to send reporters overseas for stories that affect their communities.

Their hard-hitting reports have focused on such topics as human trafficking, women’s rights, displaced children, and environmental degradation. Fellows have uncovered abuses and corruption, as well as documented the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

The 2019 fellowship is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. Previous fellowships have been sponsored by Ford Foundation and United Airlines.

Fellow Michelle Kanaar reports from the Dominican Republic.
About the Fellowship

The program provides support for fellows to report in-country for up to two weeks, including costs for travel, lodging, and interpreters. 

ICFJ brings the selected fellows to Washington, D.C., for a comprehensive orientation that includes story workshopping, safety training, multimedia storytelling, and advice on how to work with fixers/interpreters. We offer a mentor with knowledge of the country to be visited, who can connect fellows with sources on the ground. 

Fellows must complete their stories by a given date and publish or air them in U.S. media outlets as well as in ICFJ’s online compendium of fellowship stories. ICFJ also assists freelance fellows to place their stories in major news outlets.

Apply to the Fellowship

The fellowship is open to English-speaking minority journalists working at a U.S. news organization or as freelance journalists in the United States. Applications for the 2019 program are now closed. Applications for the 2020 program will open in December 2019. 

Tips for applying: Please consult this article that has advice from former fellows.

Key 2019 dates:

January 22: Application deadline
February 28: Selected journalists are notified
April 4 - 5: Orientation in Washington, DC (all fellows are required to attend)
July 15: Last day to complete reporting trip
September 1: Deadline to publish or broadcast stories

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