The Fellowship 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.
The Fellowship was created in honour of Sir Harry Evans, one of the pioneers of modern investigative journalism. The award winning work he spearheaded as editor of The Northern Echo, The Sunday Times and The Times - from his celebrated campaign to obtain compensation for Thalidomide children, to exposing the cover-up of Soviet spy Kim Philby and unmasking corporate deception at the heart of the DC-10 Paris air crash in 1974 - made him the gold standard of courageous public interest journalism. He was voted by his media peers as the Greatest British Newspaper Editor of all time.
How to apply
Applications for the Fellowship close midday BST Monday 15 August 2022 and are to be submitted by email.
A short statement (up to 500 words) telling the Fellowship Committee about yourself; what you hope to achieve with this opportunity; and how your vision of journalism fits with the spirit of the Fellowship.
A detailed proposal (up to 800 words) for an investigative project you would like to execute during the Fellowship. Multimedia journalism is encouraged, and the proposal can include a small amount of relevant visual material, such as graphics, photos or a video clip. The proposal should tell the Fellowship Committee clearly what the story is about; what’s original about it, including what the new findings would be; why the story is important; what impact it might have; how you would report it; and how you would tell it. This proposal will be an important part of the Fellowship Committee’s evaluation, though Reuters editors may opt to assign the successful fellow another project.
2. Save your completed form in the file format: FirstName-Surname-SHEF-Fellowship.
3. In addition to the application form, we also require the following:
Demonstration of published examples of work (up to five examples), as links to published work or as attachments to the email.
A letter of recommendation from an editor who has worked closely with you, assessing your abilities and potential as an investigative journalist.
4. Send the completed form and attachments to SHEF@durham.ac.uk no later than midday BST Monday 15 August 2022.
The 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 above. The final stage will be an interview.
The successful applicant will be notified of the outcome by Saturday 1 October 2022. The Fellowship will commence in early 2023.
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 should apply as per the instructions and format outlined above.
The closing date for applications to the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism for 2022 is midday BST Monday 15 August 2022.
Application, inclusive of the completed application form and relevant attachments, must be emailed to SHEF@durham.ac.uk no later than this date/time.
Should applicants wish to discuss any questions, these can be submitted to SHEF@durham.ac.uk for response.
The Fellowship Committee will, from time to time, review selection requirements and, if appropriate, discuss and agree on updated requirements in order to continue to meet the objectives of the Fellowship. Updates will be published on this website.
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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.