CJS-Pulitzer Center Reporting Grants

At a time when the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic continues to affect students and employers across the nation, Columbia Journalism School is collaborating with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to provide graduating students with reporting grants to support their transitions to professional newsrooms.

About the Program

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Columbia Journalism School established a $50,000 fund in 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020, administered by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to award individual grants to graduates so they can continue work on their theses or develop other freelance stories to be pitched for publication. These reporting grants have also funded local news reporting and international reporting.

The Pulitzer Center solicits proposals from the graduating class every spring to report on enterprising stories focused on crises anywhere in the world. Reporting Fellow selections are made jointly by the Columbia Journalism School and the Pulitzer Center based on applications that include project proposals. Fellows receive mentorship from the Pulitzer Center team, which also pairs each Fellow with an adviser who has a particular interest or expertise in the Reporting Fellow's proposed project.

The reporting grants are funded by generous alumni of the school, and the international reporting grants are funded by the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism, a new center at Columbia committed to preparing journalists to work, think and report globally. Recipients of the international grants are known as the Li Center for Global Journalism Fellows. The Pulitzer Center, founded 16 years ago, is dedicated to raising awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. The Columbia Journalism School is a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, with an emphasis on support for the school’s documentary filmmaking students.

2023 Post Graduate Reporting Fellows

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Now in its fourth year, the Pulitzer Center honored ten members of the Columbia Journalism School Class of 2023 with reporting grants. Learn more about these excellent journalists and their work here

Past Post Graduate Reporting Fellows

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In the program's third year, 10 reporting grants were awarded to members of the Class of 2022. 

Grantees and their stories include:

Please note: most in-progress story titles are unofficial and merely descriptive. All titles should be considered unofficial until publication. 

Read More: Reporting Fellow Stories and Projects: Articles, photography, multimedia, and field notes by Reporting Fellows, published by the Pulitzer Center and other news media outlets.

collage of 2021 fellows

In the program's second year, 10 reporting grants were awarded to members of the Class of 2021.

Grantees and their stories include:

Please note: most in-progress story titles are unofficial and merely descriptive. All titles should be considered unofficial until publication. 

Read More: Reporting Fellow Stories and Projects: Articles, photography, multimedia, and field notes by Reporting Fellows, published by the Pulitzer Center and other news media outlets.

collage of 2020 fellows

In the inaugural year, 18 reporting grants were awarded to members of the Class of 2020. 

Stories included:

Please note: most in-progress story titles are unofficial and merely descriptive. All titles should be considered unofficial until publication. 

Read More: Reporting Fellow Stories and Projects: Articles, photography, multimedia, and field notes by Reporting Fellows, published by the Pulitzer Center and other news media outlets.

About the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Founded 16 years ago, the Pulitzer Center is dedicated to raising awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. The Columbia Journalism School is a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, with an emphasis on support for the school’s documentary filmmaking students.