Fellowships & Scholarships

Investigative Reporters & Editors Fellowships

Conference fellowships and scholarships

IRE makes available certain fellowships and scholarships to allow students the opportunity to attend training events they would not otherwise be able to attend. Fellowships typically include a one-year IRE membership, conference or seminar registration fees, and reimbursement for hotel and travel expenses. IRE’s three-day conferences allow students to network with reporters and attend seminars for professional development.

Jennifer Leonard Scholarship

About the award: Send women of modest means who are college students studying journalism or professional journalists with three or fewer years of working experience to IRE’s conferences. The scholarships were established by IRE member David Cay Johnston to honor his wife, the president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and a national leader in promoting ethical standards for endowments. Learn more about Leonard and the scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor, work samples, college transcripts (for college students only), and statement on career goals. If applicable, you may write a few sentences about financial need.

Deadline: early January for CAR conference; mid-April for IRE conference


Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship (open to any student)

About the award: This fellowship is sponsored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship includes conference registration and a $700 stipend to assist with travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the 2017 IRE Conference in Phoenix, June 22-25. All current IRE student members are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

Required Application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a professor, work samples, copy of college transcripts, and a statement on career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need.

Deadline: mid-April

Our Journalism Concentration & Minor

The Hunter College journalism program is offered as a concentration or a minor within the Department of Film & Media Studies. Its curriculum is built around production courses in journalism and analytical courses in media studies. Learn more about our course requirements.

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