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Stern Fellowship

Calling young British journalists

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 Guardian)

Previous winners of the Laurence Stern Fellowship

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

nullShyamantha Asokan, The Economist, Reuters: "After just three weeks on the Stern fellowship, I'd been to press briefings at Obama's White House and followed Republican primary candidates around greasy diners and gun shops in New Hampshire. However, perhaps most importantly, it is a chance to reflect on and hone your craft."

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, the run-up to the 2018 mid-term November elections, and see hotspots around the country both for politics and issue-driven coverage.

Last year’s winner Madhumita Murgia, says of her experience:

My summer as a Stern Fellow last year was one of the most unique and liberating experiences of my career - having the freedom to travel and tell stories from across the United States without the restraints of a narrow beat was both refreshing and a huge learning experience for me as a journalist. I also found myself in the middle of a red-hot global news story in D.C - President Trump's first summer - and helped live-blog former FBI director James Comey's Senate testimony, which remains one of my favourite reporting experiences of all-time. But what stayed with me from my time at the Post was the opportunity to work alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and editors, and hone my craft as a writer.

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 9th March 2018.