New America Fellows Program

New America

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017


The New America Fellows program supports talented journalists, scholars, analysts, filmmakers, and practitioners whose work confronts pressing problems of our time.

We support Fellows for at least a year as they work on books, films, or other projects of similar scope. We provide them with two crucial elements: time, and a community of peers who can strengthen one another’s work.

The project should be ambitious but well-defined. The project should be original, and compelling to a broad public, not intended for a specialist audience.

Precise terms and stipend levels of fellowships vary widely, as some Fellows work full-time at New America in pursuit of their research, while many others have other professional commitments during the term of their fellowship.

The fellowship is competitive: last year, of over 400 applicants, we were able to offer 23 fellowships. This means we must turn down many worthy projects.

The Fellows Program has been very successful: Since New America’s founding in 1999, our fellowships have enabled the publication of more than sixty books, including more than thirty by first-time authors. In the past two years alone the program has produced five New York Times bestsellers, including Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley, and Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte. In 2013, our Fellow Fred Kaplan’s book The Insurgents was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2014, our fellow Anand Gopal’s book No Good Men Among the Living was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a fellowship, we invite you to join the Fellows Program Director Peter Bergen to discuss the program and application process. Mr. Bergen will be joined by a group of current and former Fellows who can also discuss the application process and the fellowship itself.

We will hold two sessions: one in New York City on December 5, and one in Washington, DC on December 6.

Click here for more information and here to apply (deadline to apply is February 1, 2017).

Note: For those unable to attend in person, the December 6th DCinformation session will be live streamed. Please visit the DC event page starting at 6 pm and the video will automatically load.  We ask that you please do not register if you will be viewing the session remotely.

You can submit questions during the conversation portion of the DC information session to fellowshipprogram@newamerica.org.

About New America

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Posted: December 02, 2016