The Columbia Journalism School is now accepting applications for 2019 Ochberg Fellowship. This is a fully funded Journalism Fellowship and is open to outstanding journalist across all media. The selected journalist will deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. The Journalism Fellowship in USA is accepting applications from journalists of any country in the world. 

The duration of the 2019 Journalism Fellowship is one week and will be held at Columbia University in New York City. The fellowship program will start from July 22, 2019 and  end at July 27, 2019. The Ochberg Fellowship covers roundtrip travel, lodging, meals and expenses directly related to participation.

The Fellowship was established in 1999 by the Dart Center in partnership with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The fellowship is named in honor of Frank Ochberg, M.D., a pioneer in the study of trauma.

Ochberg Journalism Fellowship 2019 Details:

Host Country:

  • United States of America

Host University:

  • Columbia University

Fellowship Location:

  • New York City

Fellowship Duration:

  • 1 Week

Fellowship Dates:

  • 22 July – 27 July 2019

Financial Support:

The 2019 Journalism Fellowship is fully funded and all the cost related to the fellowship will be covered by Ochberg Fellowship. It will covers:

  • Traveling Cost from and to your country
  • Lodging 
  • Meals and
  • All other expenses related to program

Fellowship Activities:

  • Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City.
  • Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and practice, and and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Ochberg Fellowships are open to outstanding journalists (with at least five years experience) working across all media.
  • Past Fellows have ranged from small-town and regional general-assignment and crime reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations.
  • Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities.
  • Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and digital reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience are eligible to apply. 
  • Approximately half of the Fellows will be based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East.
  • All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.

Required Documents:

Letter of Interest & CV

  • Your letter of interest should be no more than two pages and should discuss your work as a journalist, your experiences covering violence and trauma, the challenges you’ve encountered, and what you hope to take away from the Fellowship. Please consolidate all documents into a single Word or PDF file before uploading. If impossible, .zip folders will be accepted.

Work Samples

  • Work samples should be from the last two years and represent your journalism on violence, trauma or tragedy. If not originally in English, please provide translation. Please consolidate all documents into a single Word or PDF file before uploading. If impossible, .zip folders will be accepted. For audio, video or multimedia, please submit a document including links to your work, or to a private file share service such as Dropbox. 


  • Attach two letters of recommendation from current or past supervisors, editors or colleagues. Please consolidate both letters into a single Word or PDF file before uploading. If impossible, .zip folders will be accepted.

How to Apply for  Ochberg Journalism Fellowship 2019?

Click on the Apply Now button below to proceed the 2019 Ochberg Fellowship Application. Fill the required blanks with carefully and upload letter of interest, CV, work samples and recommendations.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship faculty and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor. Judges’ consider a variety of factors, with an emphasis on whether applicants:

  • Demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath;
  • Have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
  • Will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.

Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity, and overall group composition.

The judging committee will review applications and select 12 fellows for 2019. Selected fellows will be notified by email.

Application Deadline:

The last date to apply for Ochberg Journalism Fellowship 2019 is February 6, 2019.


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