Each team must submit the following documents in PDF format:

(1) COVER LETTER: A signed cover letter, including proposal title and the full name, affiliation, and contact information (postal address, email address, phone) of each team member.

(2) PROPOSAL: A two-page proposal that explains:

  • The innovative idea(s)
  • Originality, uniqueness, and relation to other work in the area
  • Potential for broader impact
  • Work plan to demonstrate viability of the idea(s) within 12 months
  • Expected outcomes, results, prototypes, or media products

(3) LETTERS OF SUPPORT: Two letters of support that assess the importance of the project and its chances of success. At Stanford these should be from faculty members, preferably written by the advisors of the team members, if any. If both team members have the same advisor, one letter suffices. At Columbia, students and alumni can submit letters from their advisor or another faculty member familiar with their work. Letters from non-faculty should identify the recommender’s relationship to the team members. Team members applying on the Columbia side who do not have an affiliation with Columbia should get letters from advisors and/or peers working in the field.

(4) RESUME: The résumé of each team member

(5) TRANSCRIPTS: The transcript of each student on the team. Those applying on the Columbia side must submit transcripts if applying within five years of receiving their degree.

(6) BUDGET: A budget for 12 months not exceeding a total of $150,000. The budget can include financial support of the team members (e.g. tuition remission and salary in accordance with University guidelines); cost for specialized hardware, software, and materials; travel, services; etc. and should follow the rules of the respective university. Each line item must be justified. Do not include indirect costs/overhead. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor(s) and the university administration. Bicoastal teams must submit separate budgets for Columbia and Stanford, under respective rules, each individually not exceeding $150,000. Columbia applicants should use the budget template provided here. Stanford applicants should use the budget template provided here.

(7) SUBMISSION: Each team should combine their application documents—cover letter, proposal, letters of support, résumés, transcripts, and budget—into a single ZIP file. This should be uploaded April 8, 2019 (as long as it’s April 8 somewhere on the planet, you can still submit) via: brown.submittable.com

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 on local news. Details about each of these opportunities and how to apply will be posted to the Brown Institute website in early February, 2019.

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’.

Professional Sabbatical

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’.

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