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Stern Fellowship


Are you a young journalist who wants the opportunity to work at one of the world's most prestigious papers? Do you want to follow in the footsteps of James Naughtie, Cathy Newman, Mary Ann Sieghart, Gary Younge and Lionel Barber?

Every year, a young British journalist gets the chance to spend three months at the Washington Post and write for the paper as part of the Laurence Stern fellowship.

“I would say the Stern Fellowship gave me the best journalistic training I ever had. Some of Britain's best journalists are graduates of the Stern Fellowship - and I don't think it's a coincidence."

(Jonathan Freedland, Columnist, The Gaurdian)

Previous winners of the Laurence Stern Fellowship

nullCathy Newman, presenter on Channel 4 News (Stern Fellow, 2000)

nullGary Younge, award winning editor at large for The Guardian and the Nation (Stern Fellow, 1996)

nullLiz Hunt, Consulting Editor (Features), the Daily Mail "A shuttle launch in Florida; interviewing dairy farmers in Vermont; being pursued by police on the US/Canadian border; breakfast with Ralph Nader... I returned to London more confident, determined and ambitious. Stern was definitely a springboard in my career."

Past fellows have found themselves covering 9/11 and following the Obama campaign. This year’s winner will have a front-row seat  covering Trump's America, and see hotspots around the country both for politics and issue-driven coverage.

Last year’s winner, Gabriel Pogrund of the Sunday Times, says of his experience:

The Stern Fellowship is the best thing I have ever done. During my summer, I went to twenty states, followed Trump around the Rust Belt, attended John McCain's funeral, covered Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation from the US Senate and flew to Pittsburgh in the wake of the synagogue shooting. I shook hands with Obama, got ignored by Jared and Ivanka Trump, and had Mike Pence brush aside Secret Service agents so we could do an impromptu interview.   Three and a half decades on, the Stern Fellowship continues to give young British hacks a summer no one could ever reasonably expect, not to mention skills and anecdotes to last a life time. Please apply!

Applications will be considered from any journalists, whether they work in print, radio, television or the web, in London or elsewhere in Britain. NB This opportunity is not for students, but journalists who already have some years of experience. Apply now for the deadline of 28th February 2019.