2017 JAWS Diversity Fellowship


The Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity.  This fellow is brought to the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at the The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017. The Financial Times is generously underwriting the JAWS Diversity Fellowship.

What is CAMP?

The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

What is the fellowship?

The fellowship offers a stipend that covers CAMP registration and travel expenses. Fellows also receive a one-year JAWS membership or renewal.

What does the fellowship entail?

Fellows will be asked to blog the weekend’s events for the JAWS website and to participate in promotional videos to help spread the word about CAMP and JAWS fellowships.

Who can apply?

The goal of the JAWS Diversity Fellowship is to help the practice of journalism better reflect society. This is an opportunity for journalists who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including but not limited to women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

As part of the application, prospective fellows are asked for a personal statement. Be sure to show how you add a diverse voice to the media landscape and highlight efforts you have made to improve representation of diverse groups in media.

Please note: The JAWS Diversity Fellowship is open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.

How do I apply?

To apply please create a one-time, free account with submittable.com and complete the online application, which includes:

  • A one-page résumé.
  • Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)
  • Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
  • A personal statement (no more than 500 words). Describe why you are a good candidate for the 2017 JAWS Diversity Fellowship, particularly how your work or your efforts reflect your dedication to improving the accurate portrayal of a diverse society. Also tell us why you would need financial assistance to attend CAMP.
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor (professor, editor, etc.) who knows your work.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT May 15, 2017.

Any application that doesn’t comply with these instructions will not be considered. If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact co-chairs Georgia Dawkins and Nikki Raz at jawsfellows [at] gmail.com.

About The Financial Times

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 665,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1, 2014).


See also:

Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship

JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Emerging Journalist Fellowship

JAWS Next Step Fellowship