The American Prospect Writing Fellowship offers journalists at the beginning of their career the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., actively developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow will write a minimum of three to four full-length feature articles. Fellows will also regularly write shorter, online pieces and blog daily for the Web site. We are seeking candidates who are opinionated and comfortable generating article ideas rather than relying on assignments. A passion for blogging is appreciated.
Fellows are expected and encouraged to write for other publications, build relationships with outside editors and reporters, and establish a rapport with contacts at think tanks and in academia. The goal is to ensure that, once the fellowship is completed, fellows will have developed the relationships, track record, and credibility (and clips!) to further pursue careers as respected journalists. Past Prospect writing fellows have gone on to work and write for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and many other publications—including the Prospect.
Fellows are required to make a one-year commitment. After that year, the Prospect and the fellow will evaluate and determine whether to renew for a second year. The fellowship pays $33,000 the first year and includes health, dental, and vision benefits.