The Thomson Reuters Journalism Fellowship at Oxford University

Deadline: 31 January 2016
Open to: applicants with at least five years’ journalism experience
Fellowship: living allowance of GBR 1,500 per month


The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship, founded in 1983, offers an opportunity for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects. Approximately 6 Thomson Reuters Fellows study each year on fully-funded Fellowships for three or six months (one or two terms). Thomson Reuters Fellows are drawn from dozens of countries around the world from both print and broadcast media.


  • You must have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a journalist in any specialism. In rare cases we will consider you if you have less than five years’ journalistic experience, but you must be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of expertise;
  • You will be able to demonstrate a level of English that allows you to participate fully in the programme and write a research paper of publishable quality;
  • You will be given priority if you’re proposing a research project within one of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s areas of focus. More details on what these areas are can be found here.


As a Reuters Institute Journalist Fellow you will receive GBR 1,500 per month and spend one, two or three terms at the University of Oxford, one of the world’s leading universities, where you will:

  • Attend seminars given by a diverse and high-level range of guest speakers who will share their insights into key industry trends and developments;
  • Work with an experienced supervisor, usually an Oxford academic, to produce a research paper of publishable quality;
  • Visit world-class news organisations and gain insights into how they are approaching industry challenges. Previous visits have included trips to Thomson Reuters, The Financial Times, The BBC, The Economist and The Guardian;
  • Join trips to key UK cultural and political organisations and institutions. Previous destinations have included Oxfam, the House of Commons and Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare;
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with a diverse and international peer group. Around 25 Fellows a year join us from high-level media organisations all over the world. Strengthen your network, develop a global set of contacts and gain insights into international trends and developments;
  • Benefit from the extensive learning facilities offered by the University of Oxford, including the world-famous Bodleian Library and access to various seminars and lectures across the university. You are also encouraged to engage with the university’s cutting edge specialist research facilities, including centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese studies;
  • Be given visiting scholar status of Green Templeton College.

How to apply?

Please review the following steps to ensure the complete and timely submission of your application:

  1. Make sure you are eligible to apply;
  2. Check which application materials you need to prepare;
  3. Write the required research proposal and personal statement;
  4. Choose your work samples;
  5. Ask 2 people to write letters of recommendation;
  6. Complete the online application form, remembering to attach all the required application materials.

For more information please visit the official website.

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