Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship

SEATTLE – Marguerite Casey Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 Journalism Fellowships and Scholarships on Poverty. The program aims to support journalistic work that helps the public and policymakers understand how families are working for solutions and equity in communities across the United States.

Each Journalism Fellowship on Poverty includes a stipend of $4,000 and up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses. Each Journalism Scholarship on Poverty includes a stipend of $2,000 and up to $1,000 for associated travel cost. The application deadline has been extended to October 4, 2019. The Foundation will announce four Fellows and two Scholars in December.

“Accurate and inclusive journalism is crucial to our country because stories contribute to the public narrative about poverty and low-income families,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation.

She added: “Our support of journalism Fellowships and Scholarships elevates the voices and contributions of poor families who are collaborating on solutions to the poverty they face. Inclusive stories merit more attention because progress is important for our future.”

Marguerite Casey Foundation believes no family should live in poverty, and the Foundation supports change for families and by families. Tens of millions of Americans still live, officially, in poverty.

This national Fellowship and Scholarship program supports journalists with at least three years of journalism experience along with students attending graduate programs and four- and two-year colleges.

The program is open to residents in any state or U.S. territory, except for legal or blood relatives of Foundation board members or employees. Freelance and contract writers, editors and content producers who are doing regular work now for the Foundation, as well as past Journalism Fellows and Scholars, also are ineligible.

The Foundation is particularly interested in stories about poverty, families and solutions (such as policy, community and grassroots) in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas.

Marguerite Casey Foundation works to help nurture a nationwide movement of working families advocating for change on their own behalf. The Foundation believes in a bottom-up approach to social change that treats everyone fairly and equitably – and that the true experts on poverty are those low-income families who live the experience every day.

Examples of work from 2018 Fellowship and Scholarship recipients can be found here. Submit applications by October 4, 2019.

Recipients have published their Foundation-supported journalism in a variety of outlets, including Scalawag Magazine, The Chronicle of Social Change, The Body, The Nation, BuzzFeed, Alaska Public Media, NPR’s Latino USA, PRI’s The World, Norwood News, In These Times Rural America, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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About Marguerite Casey Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation is an independent grantmaking organization that supports low-income families raising their voices and organizing for justice, equity and progress. Headquartered in Seattle, the Foundation makes grants in 13 states and supports approximately 200 organizations around the country. Since 2001, the Foundation has made nearly 1,900 grants totaling more than $430 million in unrestricted general support.

Posted: September 3, 2019

Updated: September 30, 2019

Brad Wong
Communications Manager
Marguerite Casey Foundation