Visiting Journalist Fellowship that has two goals. First, we intend to provide journalists an opportunity to carry out their projects while interacting with resident visiting scholars who might help inform the development of these projects. We expect to foster relationships between social scientists and journalists interested in topics related to the Foundation’s core programs: Behavioral Economics; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; and Social Inequality.

RSF will pay visiting journalists an honorarium of $8,000 per month for full-time visits of one to three months. Fellows are provided with an office at the Foundation, computers and software, library access, and limited research assistance. Applicants who reside outside of the greater New York City area will be provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF.

Journalists who are interested in a full-year fellowship to complete a book or other major project that would necessitate a longer stay are eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program.

Applications will be considered twice a year with some flexibility in start and end dates:

  • September 1 deadline: with an anticipated residence between January 1 and June 30 (start date between January 1 and April 1)
  • March 1 deadline: with an anticipated residence between September 1 and January 30 (start date between September 1 and November 1)

Application for the fellowship is relatively simple:

  1. Visit our on-line application portal, create an online account, and complete the application form;
  2. Submit a letter describing the project to be undertaken while in residence at the Foundation. [No more than 5 pages describing the project, single-spaced, with standard 11 or 12-point font, and 1 inch margins]
  3. Your letter should include an appendix of up to 20 pages that illustrates or include example(s) of prior work; you may also submit a short appendix with links to examples.
  4. Submit an up-to-date abbreviated CV (maximum of 5 pages).

The application letter should outline the basics of the project to be carried out while in residence, how the project is relevant to RSF’s program areas, how the fellowship and interactions with the Foundation’s Visiting Scholars and staff would be beneficial to the project, and the expected publication or reporting outcome of the work.

Letters of recommendation are not required. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of journalistic peers. Selected applicants are typically contacted within 45 days of the application deadline; acceptances cannot be deferred.

Applicants should be journalists with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience who write or report on social, economic, or political conditions in the United States.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Senior Program Officer James Wilson (

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