Lipman Fellowship in Journalism and Human and Civil Rights Columbia Journalism School

The Ira A. Lipman Fellowship

Supporting significant reporting regarding civil or human rights

The Lipman Fellowship is a six-month program. The fellowship is non-residential but the fellows have access to the resources of the journalism school and university libraries. Fellows are expected to give a public presentation at the school about their work, and upon mutual agreement, may also lecture, mentor and advise students. Fellows must publish their finished stories and give the Lipman Center confirmation that their employers agree to publication. Freelancers must begin their pitches upon acceptance of the fellowship. Learn about current and past Lipman Fellows here

The 2023 application is open now through Feb. 1, 2023.

Fellowship Application Guidelines

  • A resume
  • A short (800 word) description of the proposed project
  • Two letters of recommendation

You may email your application in Word or PDF form to [email protected]

You may also mail your application to the following address:

The Ira A. Lipman Fellowship
Columbia University School of Journalism
Pulitzer Hall
2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


1. Must I be a working journalist?

Yes. All applicants must be full-time staff reporters or writers with a U.S. news agency, magazine or online outlet, or independent journalists working in the United States.

2. Will I need to live in New York and be on Columbia's campus?

No. The fellowship is nonresidential.

3. What is the amount of the fellowship?

Each fellow will be awarded $10,000.

4. How many fellowships will be granted?

Two fellowships will be awarded. 

5. What does the fellowship entail?

Fellows will produce a 5,000-word story or series regarding civil and human rights broadly construed, such as voting rights, use of force by police, employment and other discrimination, human trafficking, child labor and more. The story must be published upon acceptance by the Lipman Center.

Fellows are expected to give a public presentation at the Journalism School about their work, and upon mutual agreement, may also lecture, mentor and advise students.

6. When does the fellowship begin?

Fellows will be announced a month after the fellowship deadline and will have six months to complete their projects. A first draft must be given to the center within four months and a final draft within five months. The story published a month or two following deadline, depending on the lead time of your publication.  

7. Will I be reimbursed for travel?

We will pay for fellows to come to New York for presentations and a fellowship event in the fall. In some instances, we can provide modest funding for reporting stories. All travel requests and other expenses must be made in advance and are subject to approval. 

8. How do I gain access to Columbia University libraries?

We will provide you with forms so you may have an ID allowing you access to the Journalism librarian and Butler Library.