The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism aim to:
Increase effective and accurate reporting on behavioral health issues
Equip journalists with the tools needed to produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of behavioral health issues
Develop a diverse cohort of better-informed journalists who can more effectively report on behavioral health across evolving and emerging platforms
Every year, eight U.S. Rosalynn Carter Fellows are awarded stipends of $10,000 each. Stipends cover expenses during the fellowship year, including travel, materials, resources, and other incidental expenses. Fellows are mentored individually by members of the Journalism Fellowship Advisory Board and other Rosalynn Carter Fellows. Advisers provide technical assistance, information about complex mental health issues, connections to professional contacts within their field of expertise, accountability, and more. All fellows are required to maintain contact with their adviser during the fellowship year. Fellows also connect with other journalists in the cohort, experts in the field, and a vast network of contacts. The fellowship encourages total journalistic independence and only requires that the fellows report accurately. Please note: Fellows are not expected to leave their location or job to participate in the fellowship. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern. Deadline for support and recommendation letters is Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern.
Awarded fellows must attend two orientation and presentation meetings at the beginning and end of their fellowship year in September at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga. All costs for travel and accommodations for these meetings will be covered by the Carter Center. Please note: these meetings may be virtual if necessary.
Have at least three years of experience as a professional journalist (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking)
Submit a complete application, including letters of recommendation
Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States
Telecommuting is allowed.
About The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.
As part of an international effort to reduce stigma and discrimination, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism at The Carter Center provide stipends to journalists from the United States, Latin America, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.