Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship

The Journalism Fellowship Programme

The Journalism Fellowship Programme enables mid-career journalists* to improve their knowledge and to study issues important to their professional development in greater depth than is possible under deadline pressure.

Around 25 journalists from around the globe study in Oxford each year on Fellowships of either three, six or nine months, covering one, two or all three terms of the academic year.

* A minimum of 5 years’ full time professional journalistic experience and a high level spoken and written English are essential. See eligibility.

Programme Content

Requirements of the Journalism Felllowship Programme are to conduct academic research and to actively participate in the activities of the Reuters Institute.


Journalist Fellows are expected to submit a substantial research paper of publishable, academic quality (approx. 8,000-10,000 words).

Each Fellow is assigned a supervisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the journalists’ chosen subject, to advise them on their research.

Fellows are required to present their research findings in a seminar open to the University.

Programme Activities

Journalist Fellows are required to actively engage in and contribute to the events organised specifically for them. These include:

Fellows are also warmly invited to participate in the numerous academic and extracurricular activities of the Reuters Institute.

Additional Support and Activities / Opportunities

Fellows are given access to the world famous Bodleian Library and other Oxford University facilities and resources. 

They will be granted Visiting Scholar status of Green Templeton College.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend university seminars, lectures and classes on all relevant subjects.

The University boasts numerous specialist facilities such as regional centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese Studies, which Fellows are encouraged to engage with.

No academic credits or qualifications can be obtained through the Fellowship Programme although a certificate is awarded on submission of the Fellows’ Research paper.

More information on how to apply for a Fellowship