Pulitzer Center Fellowship
Each spring, one Davidson student is selected to receive a grant in order to complete an independent multimedia international reporting project. The project should focus on a systemic issue of global importance that is under-reported or unreported in U.S. mainstream media.
The grant recipient will receive exclusive training, support and mentorship from staff at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
While working on your project in the field, a member of the Pulitzer Center staff will serve as your editor - establishing deadlines and assisting you in crafting publishable pieces. As a grant recipient, you will also choose a past Pulitzer Center journalist to serve as a professional mentor (subject to availability) who will offer practical advice and non-editorial support. Working closely with Pulitzer Center staff and a Pulitzer Center journalist mentor, the recipient will build on his/her/their project proposal and decide on a plan of deliverables that will include some combination of maintaining a blog, taking photographs, recording audio, shooting video, writing articles for the Pulitzer Center website, and potentially seeking other outlets for their work.
Applying for the Grant
Previous experience in photography or filming is not a prerequisite for applying for this grant. Dean Rusk encourages students to rent free equipment (such as cameras and editing software) from T&I, if necessary. Recipients are required to adhere to the Pulitzer Center's Ethics and Standards Policy throughout the reporting project, meet with the Pulitzer Center journalist visiting Davidson's campus during the semester that they receive the grant, and upon completing their trip, will be expected to turn in all of their deliverables prior to receiving the final installment of their grant.
Writing Your Proposal
A strong proposal includes:
- What issue the applicant wants to address.
- Whose stories he/she/they want to tell.
- Where the applicant will travel to cover the issue.
- Which media the applicant thinks will tell the story best.
- Who or what kinds of people the applicant plans to talk to, how he/she/they will make the material accessible to lay audiences.
- How the project matches the Pulitzer Center's goal of focusing on under reported systemic issues of global importance.
- What the applicant hopes to get from the project and why the project interests the applicant.
2022 Pulitzer Center Grants will be available when the spring grant cycle opens at the close of the fall grant cycle, with an application deadline of February 1, 2022.