Every year, eight U.S. journalists are selected and awarded stipends of $10,000 each to cover expenses during the fellowship project. Selected international journalists are awarded a comparable stipend.
Fellows join a cohort of current fellows and alumni. They have access to the Journalism Fellowship Advisory Board of leading journalists and professional contacts within their field of expertise. Fellows also interact with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and members of The Carter Center Mental Health Task Force. The fellowship encourages journalistic independence and freedom, and requires that fellows report accurately. Fellows are not required to be on a health or mental health beat to qualify.
Fellows enjoy a great deal of flexibility in scheduling their project work. They make two expense-paid visits to The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The first trip is in September at the beginning of the fellowship year when fellows meet with the Advisory Board, Mental Health Task Force members, and other fellows to discuss their project plans. The second visit comes at the end of the fellowship year the following September when fellows present their completed projects, and discuss their challenges, successes and impact of their mental health reporting.
Fellows' Projects Fellows are encouraged to select topics that are unique and creative. Projects may educate the public, raise awareness, and inform other journalists in the field. The Carter Center provides resources through its network of over 200 fellows, scientific, health care, education, consumer, family, provider, and government agencies.
Fellowships are tailored to suit the needs, interests, and experiences of each fellow. They also generate knowledge and information to benefit the mental health field and the public. When appropriate, the program requests that fellows conduct one training session related to mental health and journalism for their peers during the fellowship year. Training can be in a variety of formats, including brown bag lunches, seminars, or panels.
No relocation necessary (stay at your job!)
One year to focus on a topic that you're interested in learning more about
Training and networking opportunities
Fellowship meetings at The Carter Center at the beginning and end of the fellowship year
Access to experts and resources in the mental health and journalism fields
Eligible applicants must:
Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States. No relocation necessary. Applicants can apply as a citizen or legal resident of Colombia, Qatar or United Arab Emirates, but the application process is different. View international applicant procedures.
Have at least three years of professional experience in journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking etc.) The program is open to active professional journalists who are U.S. citizens or residents working in all media forms. Projects are tailored to the experience and interests of the fellows and should be relevant to the dynamic mental health and substance use landscape in the U.S. Fellows are not required to leave their current employment. Preference is given to journalists who are currently employed with a media outlet that expresses support for and commitment to publishing or broadcasting fellowship projects.
A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.
As part of an international effort to reduce stigma and discrimination, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism at The Carter Center provide stipends to journalists from the United States, Colombia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.
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