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Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship

The Sir Harry Evans Fellowship in Investigative Journalism provides an unrivalled opportunity for an exceptional early career journalist: a six-to-nine-month Fellowship with Durham University which will include undertaking an investigative project from inside the Reuters newsroom in London, mentored by top Reuters editors in the field while being overseen by Durham University and having access to university academics and research resources. This Fellowship is designed to give the applicant the chance to develop rigorous, fact-based research and reporting skills. 

Selection Process 

The Sir Harry Evans Fellowship is a global opportunity, and we therefore welcome applications from all eligible candidates, regardless of their current location. The Fellowship will be undertaken in Durham and London, and the successful candidate will need to meet applicable immigration requirements. We encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in the media. 

The application process will be overseen by the Fellowship Committee who will ensure a diverse panel of candidates are considered for the opportunity. Applicants will be assessed in accordance with the selection criteria. The final stage will be an interview.

In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out.

Sir Harry Evans
Economics, University College, 1952, Durham University

I know that Harry would have wanted to hire Waylon in a heartbeat. He has all the makings of an outstanding career in journalism and the fellowship will greatly extend his range and experience.

Tina Brown CBE
Acclaimed journalist and Sir Harry’s widow


What the Fellowship Offers

The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism provides the opportunity for an early career journalist to develop their ideas and collaborations in a thriving community of journalists and researchers, including through engagement with the University’s departments, institutes and colleges.  

The successful applicant will be employed by Durham University for the period of the Fellowship and will spend time on placement in the Reuters newsroom in London, or with another suitable partner selected by Reuters. The successful applicant will also be allocated an appropriate academic supervisor and mentor at Durham University.  

The Fellowship commands a monthly salary of c.£4,444 per month for each month of the Fellowship (equivalent to a pro-rata salary of c.£53,333 per year), in addition to a maximum £1,250 per month living stipend, and a one-off payment of £1,800 for travel and expenses.  

Where the successful applicant is an existing employee of a news or media organisation and taking a period of leave in order to pursue the Fellowship, Durham University will pay up to a maximum of £12,000 to their employer to cover temporary staff costs, subject to specific terms and conditions. 

Fellowship Selection Criteria 

Qualified applicants will be early in their careers and will have professional journalism experience. 

Where a prospective applicant is not currently a journalist but has worked in an investigative reporting capacity in a related professional field (for example: leading human rights or other socio-political publications and campaigns; working as an author or researcher on authoritative investigative work; or developing in-field photo-or video-research projects, documentaries, or exhibitions) applications may be considered on case-by-case basis. 

The successful candidate does not need to be currently working in the UK or to have a current UK work visa. The University will support the successful candidate’s application for a suitable visa to undertake the Fellowship in the UK. 

Applicants for the 2023 Fellowship are now closed. 

We will be opening submissions for the 2024 Fellowship in June 2023. 

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Sir Harry Evans was a giant of journalism and an inspiration to those who worked with him. We hope that, through this initiative, Reuters can help support a diverse new generation of investigative journalists and newsroom leaders. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Durham University to champion independent journalism, nurture emerging talent and celebrate Sir Harry’s remarkable legacy.

Alessandra Galloni
Reuters Editor-in-Chief
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Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider. We are deeply proud to partner with Reuters on this landmark global initiative in honour of Sir Harry, who was their Editor-at-Large.

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