Fully Funded International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship | Apply Now

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship offers women and nonbinary journalists dedicated to human rights and social justice the chance to increase their reporting skills through academic and professional opportunities.

International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

Established in memory of Elizabeth Neuffer, a distinguished correspondent for The Boston Globe and recipient of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award (1998), the fellowship honors her legacy and furthers her commitment to human rights and social justice.

Neuffer tragically passed away while reporting in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF launched this initiative to celebrate her contributions while advancing her work in these vital fields.

Applicants of all nationalities are welcome, but proficiency in written and spoken English is essential for non-native speakers to fully engage with and benefit from the program.

The fellow will conduct research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and undertake journalism internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

The program’s adaptable structure offers the fellow opportunities for academic exploration and skill development in journalism.

Previous fellows have utilized these opportunities to publish their work across various media platforms.


  • The Neuffer Fellowship is open to women, nonbinary individuals, and gender non-conforming journalists focusing on human rights and social justice issues.
  • All applicants must have at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience. Internships and journalism-related work during university studies do not qualify as professional experience. Both affiliated and freelance journalists are eligible.
  • Journalists from any country are encouraged to apply, provided they possess fluent English language skills.


  • Neuffer Fellows receive a fixed monthly stipend to cover living expenses. Additionally, the IWMF provides housing in Cambridge and New York City for the duration of the fellowship.
  • The IWMF covers round-trip economy airfare from the fellow’s place of residence to the United States, as well as transportation between the fellowship cities.
  • Health insurance is provided throughout the program.
  • Please note that the fellowship does not include a salary.
  • For fellows residing outside the United States, the program covers the costs associated with obtaining a U.S. visa.
  • Any additional incidental expenses are the fellow’s responsibility.

Fellowship Schedule

  • June 2024: Selection of Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow
  • February 2025: Fellowship commences in Boston with an internship at The Boston Globe and coursework/research at MIT’s Center for International Studies
  • May 2025: Fellow relocates to New York for an internship at The New York Times
  • July 2025: Conclusion of the fellowship

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is April 21, 2024. To apply, click here. For further details, visit the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship here.



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