The Brown Institute at Columbia University sponsors a variety of fellowship opportunities available to students, alumni, faculty, and professionals. Some of our fellowships are targeted, addressing a particular contemporary challenge facing journalism, while others are intended as a professional sabbatical. Some are task-oriented, while others are intended to retrain and retool. Below you’ll find an overview of the fellowships, as well as links to current fellowship opportunities at the Brown Institute at Columbia University.
General Research / Prototyping
From reporting on the 2020 Census to embedding with a company on a mission to make data public, the Brown Institute supports the research and prototyping of ideas that expand our understanding of journalism and storytelling.
For 2019-2020, we are pleased to announce fellowships with Enigma, a data management company, and Planet, a satellite imagery provider, to explore how these technologies can be embedded into journalistic practice. Brown has also partnered with the AP to offer fellowships exploring the role of computation and automation in local news. In addition to these offerings, we are pairing with the New York Times R&D Lab to work on blockchain solutions for monitoring image manipulation, and Reasons to be Cheerful to develop new types of stories in a complex media landscape.
Details about each of these opportunities and how to apply will be posted to the Brown Institute website when available.
In addition to these fellowships with industry partners, the Brown Institute warmly welcomes independent research/prototyping fellowships on a rolling basis. If interested, please submit a proposal and your CV to submittable (brown.submittable.com) under ‘Fellowships at Columbia’. For Type of Fellowship, select ‘General Research/Prototyping’.
Housed at two premier research institutions, the Brown Institute is committed to supporting innovation, continued education, and professional growth. In this commitment, the Brown Institute is pleased to offer sabbatical support for scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals addressing challenges facing journalism and computation, both nationally and internationally. Our sabbatical support ranges depending on the needs of the scholar, and includes workspace, travel stipends, engagement with faculty and researchers across the university, and a research stipend to allow for time away from your home institution, organization or company.
If interested in a sabbatical with the Brown Institute at Columbia, please submit a proposal and your CV to submittable (brown.submittable.com) under ‘Fellowships at Columbia’. For Type of Fellowship, select ‘Professional Sabbatical’.
Training & Development
The field of journalism has changed drastically from what it was just five years ago. Shifts to a reliance on computation for reporting and visualization has changed the tools and techniques that journalists rely upon daily. To address these changes, and to affirm our commitment to supporting a world class education, the Brown Institute is pleased to offer Columbia students and alumni training and development fellowships. From travel stipends for attendance at journalism and engineering conferences, to interdisciplinary scholar support, providing journalists with 1-on-1 office hours with statistics and data science students, the Brown Institute is pleased to offer Training and Development fellowship support.
Training and Development Fellowship opportunities will be listed on the Brown Institute website, when available. If interested in a specific topic or opportunity, please please submit a proposal and your CV to submittable (brown.submittable.com) under ‘Fellowships at Columbia’. For Type of Fellowship, select ‘Training and Development’.