Fellowships

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship

The Program

Launched in 1949, the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship seeks to promote the quality of responsible and discerning journalism that exemplified the work of Edward R. Murrow. One CFR resident fellowship is awarded each year to a distinguished foreign correspondent or editor. The fellow spends ten months full time in residence at CFR’s headquarters in New York. The program enables the fellow to engage in sustained analysis and writing, expand his or her intellectual and professional horizons, and participate in CFR’s active program of meetings and events. The fellow is part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, CFR’s think tank, alongside the program’s full-time, adjunct, and visiting fellows, whose expertise extends across the broad range of significant foreign policy issues facing the United States and the international community.

For journalists who have spent years in the field, the Murrow Fellowship is an invaluable opportunity to deepen their research away from daily news pressures, expand their contacts in the worlds of policy and government, and broaden their horizons.
Anne Barnard, former Beirut Bureau Chief, The New York Times (2018–2019 Murrow Fellow)

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must have distinguished credentials in the field of journalism.
  • Applicants must have covered international news as a working journalist for print, broadcast, or online media widely available in the United States.

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is ten months, beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $75,000 as well as a modest travel grant. The fellow is considered an independent contractor rather than an employee of CFR and is not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

Selection Process

Selection as a Murrow Fellow is highly competitive and is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • professional experience as a foreign correspondent or editor
  • firm grounding in foreign policy
  • clear, creative, and original application statement
The Murrow Fellowship is an enriching experience and a valuable opportunity for any policy-angled journalist.
Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist, Slate (2013–2014 Murrow Fellow)

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between January 1 and March 1 on an annual basis. The selected candidate is notified in April.

2019–20 Fellow

Affiliation at the time of award

Matthieu Aikins
Matthieu Aikins

Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine, and Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone

Alumni

A list of former fellows can be found online by visiting the Historical Roster of CFR’s Edward R. Murrow Press Fellows.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

212.434.9740
fellowships@cfr.org