The Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship offers a period of nine months at CFR headquarters in New York for sustained analysis and writing, free from the daily pressures that characterize journalistic life. One annual resident fellowship is awarded to a foreign correspondent or editor.
The program gives the fellow an opportunity to broaden his or her perspective of international affairs and to pursue proposed research using CFR resources, which include: participating in events sponsored by the CFR Meetings and Studies departments; speaking for and moderating study groups; and sharing expertise and advising on other CFR projects. The fellow will be part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, CFR’s think tank, alongside the program’s full-time, adjunct, and visiting fellows, whose expertise extends across the broad range of significant foreign policy issues facing the United States and the international community.
An applicant must have distinguished credentials in the field of journalism and covered international news as a working journalist for print, broadcast, or online media widely available in the United States. Applicants are limited to those individuals who are authorized to work in the United States and who will continue to be authorized for the duration of the fellowship. CFR does not sponsor for visas.
The duration of the fellowship is nine months, beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $65,000. Payment will be made in nine equal monthly installments. The fellow is considered an independent contractor rather than an employee of CFR, and is not eligible for employment benefits including health insurance.
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