Tony Horwitz Fellowship | Columbia Journalism School

Tony Horwitz Fellowship

Since 2020, the Tony Horwitz Fellowship has funded reporting projects that bridge divides and promote equality and understanding.

About the Fellowship

Tony Horwitz Fellowship funds may be used to support reporting, investigation or travel. Story proposals can vary widely, whether investigative, explanatory or other journalistic forms while reflecting the spirit of Horwitz’s work. Graduates of the Journalism School’s degree-granting programs from the past 10 years (currently, 2011-2021) are eligible to submit proposals. In its third year, up to two Tony Horwitz Fellows will be named.

The Fellowship honors Tony Horwitz, a 1983 graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s Master of Science Program, who won the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 1995 while at The Wall Street Journal and wrote more than a half dozen books, most of them with a focus on American history. Throughout his career Horwitz also reported for other publications, including The New Yorker, and served as an international correspondent in the Balkans, Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

Among his books that became New York Times Best Sellers were "Confederates in the Attic," "Blue Latitudes," "Baghdad Without a Map" and "A Voyage Long and Strange."

Current Fellows

Indrani Basu in front of brick wall and window

Indrani Basu, ‘14 M.S.

Indrani Basu is writing about a multi-generation family of indigenous fishermen who have caught and sold wild salmon for over a hundred years in a tiny fishing village in Alaska. She will trace the family history of these fishermen and document how each generation has chosen to keep their traditional occupation alive as they navigate the challenges posed by climate change and shifting economic factors.

Regin Poulsin in black sportscoat and blue shirt

Regin Winther Poulsen, ‘20 M.A. Politics

It was a shock to everyone when President Trump announced he wanted to buy Greenland. But in recent years, the US, Russia, and China have shown increased interest in the biggest island in the world, which is full of rare-earth minerals and has gained strategic military importance in the Arctic. Through Poulsen’s reporting, he will address the impact of the interest on Greenlanders and the country's institutions.

Former Fellow

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2020: Soumya Shankar, '18 M.A. Politics

Inaugural Fellow Soumya Shankar is writing about Indian immigrants navigating the Darien Gap.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following information:

  • The applicant’s resume and three writing samples that reflect the type of work the applicant proposes to do. 

  • A detailed description of the proposed project/story, including a target for when the project is to be completed.

  • A budget, up to $6,500, for how the grant funds will be spent, such as travel expenses, document acquisition, etc. The budget should also reflect other funding obtained or required for the project.

  • A statement of intent from a media outlet to publish/broadcast the work once complete. (This does not have to be a promise but a media outlet should review the proposed work and state that they have interest in the idea before the application is submitted.)

The application opens in Spring 2022.

Questions? Email Lauren Mack. Program Manager, Office of Career Development, Columbia Journalism School: lem2111@columbia.edu.