The Edward R. Murrow press fellowship, made possible by a grant from the CBS Foundation, offers a period of nine months at CFR’s 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 enables the fellow to increase competency in reporting and interpreting events abroad and promotes the quality of responsible and discerning journalism that exemplified the work of Edward R. Murrow during his life. Renamed in 1965 in his honor, the fellowship was originally established in 1949 with support from the Carnegie Corporation as the Fellowship for American Foreign Correspondents.
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) was one of the most distinguished and renowned reporters in U.S. broadcast journalism, a pioneer in radio and television journalism. He covered the Second World War for CBS from London and the front lines in Europe. He then returned home and began the popular and groundbreaking television news show “See It Now.” In 1961, he was named director of the United States Information Agency. In 1964 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Ned Parker, Baghdad Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times
Application & Criteria
Applications are primarily by invitation on the recommendation of a CFR member, a former or current Murrow fellow, or the candidate’s employer. Candidates may also self-nominate. The nomination letter should provide a brief description of the candidate’s background and state why the candidate is an appropriate prospect for the fellowship. Nominees who meet the criteria of the program will then be forwarded an application requesting: a statement of no more than 2,500 words summarizing and appraising his or her experience as a foreign correspondent; an overall plan for the fellowship year, including the applicant’s proposed writing and how it relates to long-term career goals; and any additional information the candidate would like to bring to the selection committee’s attention.
Review and Selection Schedule
- Deadline for Nominations: February 2012
- Applications Due: March 2012
- Selection Committee Meeting: April 2012
- Announcement of Fellow: May 2012
Please address all correspondence to:
Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
212.434.9489 fax 212.434.9870
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