NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship 2024 (Up To $5,000 Award) – APPLY NOW

The NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a grant valued at $5,000 that is awarded to a deserving journalist. The fellowship program’s main objective is to provide NABJ members with an opportunity to gain exposure to international reporting and receive support in completing a project or report.

NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship 2024
NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship 2024

NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship 2024

This fellowship serves as a tribute to Ethel Payne’s remarkable legacy. Payne was a trailblazing African American female journalist, who became renowned for her focus on international news reporting during her tenure at CBS in 1972. She was an esteemed columnist and lecturer, rising to national prominence during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, Payne, also known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” passed away in 1991.

The primary aim of the fellowship is to ensure comprehensive coverage of Africa that transcends the typical narratives of HIV/AIDS, famine, and war. Proposals that delve into the untold and vibrant stories of Africa and its people are strongly encouraged.

Although physical travel to Africa is not mandatory for the fellowship recipient, they will be required to engage and collaborate virtually with African-based entities, programs, and groups within the United States and other parts of the world. This will enable them to authentically capture and convey the diverse stories of Africa, its current climate, and the interactions between journalists in the United States and the continent.


  • The NABJ Ethel Pyan Fellowship is a prestigious $5,000 prize that is presented to a deserving journalist.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be an active and current member of NABJ in good standing
  • Journalists who are in the middle of their career or have significant experience with at least 7 years in full-time journalism
  • The recipient of the fellowship agrees to provide written consent to NABJ, allowing them to publish the final story and its components (such as text, videos, and photos). Additionally, the winner permits the use of their name, image, and likeness for promotional purposes related to the award.
  • The fellowship recipient is required to acknowledge the National Association of Black Journalists as a supporter in any publication materials. The specific wording will be provided at a later date.
  • The funds given to the winner are subject to taxation as per legal requirements, and it is the responsibility of the recipient to fulfill this obligation.
  • Completion of all application requirements is necessary.
  • Failure to meet the specified criteria after being selected will result in the refund of funds to NABJ.

How to Apply for NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship 2024

Do you meet the requirements for this fellowship? If yes then click here to begin your application.

For additional details on the NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship, visit the official website.

Application Deadline

February 29, 2024.



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