BBC Journalism Fellowships 2012/13

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We are looking for applicants from across the BBC Journalism divisions for two prestigious fellowships supported by the BBC:

• The University of Michigan Fellowship
• The Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University.

These opportunities are open to all senior journalists across BBC Journalism. Both fellowships offer a great opportunity for an experienced journalist to take time out from the day job, develop new insights and bring something back to the BBC. Details below:

• The University of Michigan Fellowship - closing date 16 April 2012

The Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan offers a four-month placement for BBC staff to the largest research university in the world. We are looking for applicants for one semester, to begin in either September 2012 or January 2013.

The fellowship is designed to provide "a broader perspective, nurture intellectual growth, and inspire personal transformation". While there, you complete the project you have outlined in your application form and select classes from the full range of courses offered at the University of Michigan.

You will also undertake an international trip - to South America (autumn 2012) or Turkey (spring 2013). Additionally, prominent journalists and leading academics give twice-weekly seminars. Typically, 12 American Fellows are joined at Michigan by six international colleagues.

Past BBC Fellows include Steve Titherington, Alicia McCarthy, Alf Hermida, Pam O'Toole, Andrew Whitehead, Sue Nelson, Joanne Episcopo, Caroline Finnigan, Mike Baker, Peter Burdin, Patricia Whitehorne, Charlie Partridge, David Edmonds, John Cary, Joanna Mills, Maurice Walsh and Roger Harrabin.

The project

The proposed programme of research should be relevant to your work as a BBC journalist. For example, it may be related to a specialist or topical subject, or the changing nature of journalism as a whole.

To apply

To be eligible to apply you must be a BBC journalist on a continuing contract who can demonstrate a successful career history and show the potential to make the most of this investment in you and your job.

Terms and conditions

The successful candidate will need to take unpaid leave (up to a maximum of three months) or a career break in order to take up this opportunity. Your BBC salary will not be paid during the time you are in the United States, nor will the BBC pay your travelling expenses. However, the Fellowship carries a stipend of $35,000 and covers all academic fees, health insurance and one international trip. Before considering an application, you should ensure that your line manager is willing to support you, and to release you at the appropriate time. It is also important that you understand the implications of taking a career break in terms of its possible effect on your pension.

Selection will be based on career history, management endorsement, proposals for study and an interview. A BBC panel will select one or two candidates to recommend to Michigan for a final decision.

To apply, please download and complete the application form at this site. (Ignore suggestions that the deadline has already passed!) Note that the form requires you to submit two separate papers of 1,500 words and 500 words respectively and that, if you are selected to go forward for consideration by Michigan, you will be asked to provide examples of your work.

When you have completed the form, send it to Alison Lobo at the College of Journalism (Room 2365, BBC White City Building, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Ext. 02 26043) by 16 April 2012. DO NOT send it direct to Michigan.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

• The Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University - closing date 16 April 2012
 
The fellowship provides mid-career journalists with the opportunity to study and research for three to four months on a work-related project that will broaden their academic horizons as well as being of benefit to the BBC.

The programme brings together experienced journalists from around the world to study at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. This is an opportunity to study in Oxford for one term in the academic year 2012-13. The successful applicant is expected to be a resident during the period of study. A contribution to accommodation expenses will be paid, and tuition fees will be met by the College of Journalism. The team at Reuters will help you to find a suitable place to live.

Recent BBC Fellows include: Jeremy Hayes (2008/09), Ric Bailey (2010/11), Emma Jane Kirby, Giang Nguyen (2009/10) and Richard Lawson (2012).

Dr David Levy, director of the Institute, says: 

"The Journalist Fellowship Programme at Oxford has now been established for more than a quarter of a century and over that time has attracted nearly 500 journalist fellows from around the world. The BBC fellowship is an immensely valuable part of the Oxford programme.

"The BBC features prominently in the international, comparative research, discussion and debate of journalism that is at the heart of the Institute's activities. The international journalist fellows typically know about the BBC and want to learn more or include it in their research projects. Equally, BBC journalists can learn a huge amount from the Reuters experience through the chance to move outside their comfort zone, engage with journalists from around the world, and have their ideas challenged through exchanges with other journalists and experts.

"That experience, the network of fellows they will establish, and their excellent research projects, give BBC journalists a great deal to take back to the BBC."

The project

The proposed programme of research should be relevant to your work as a BBC journalist. For example, it may be related to a specialist or topical subject or the changing nature of journalism. Fellows are asked to produce a major piece of writing of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. Candidates will also be expected to show how their research could be used by the BBC when they return to work. It's important to remember that you will have only three months to complete this project, so make sure it is realistic and achievable.

Fellows are given access to Oxford University and Green Templeton College facilities and services, and are assigned their own academic adviser to help them with their project. They also take part in seminars and other special events involving distinguished speakers.

To be eligible to apply you must be a BBC journalist on a continuing contract who can demonstrate a successful career history and show the potential to make the most of this investment in you.

The successful candidate will need to take unpaid leave (up to a maximum of three months) or a career break in order to take up this opportunity. Your BBC salary will not be paid during the time you are in Oxford, and there is no stipend over and above the tuition fees and accommodation allowance which the BBC will pay. Before considering an application, you should ensure that your line manager is willing to support you and to release you at the appropriate time. It is also important that you understand the implications of taking a career break in terms of its effect on your pension.

You can find out more about the Reuters Institute here.

To apply

If you wish to apply, please email alison.lobo@bbc.co.uk for a form on which you will be asked for: 
- Details of your career history
- A supporting statement from your manager endorsing your application and confirming your release for three months
- An outline of your proposed research topic. This should indicate a planned approach to your research and the sources you might seek to use.
 
Selection will be based on career history, management endorsement, proposals for study and an interview by a panel on which both Reuters and the BBC will be represented. The form should be sent to Alison Lobo at the College of Journalism (Room 2365, BBC White City Building, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Ext. 02 26043) by 16 April 2012. Again, please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Jonathan Baker is head of the BBC College of Journalism. 

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