USC Annenberg California Health Equity Fellowship 2024 (up To $10,000 Grant) – APPLY NOW

Applications are currently ongoing for the USC Annenberg California Health Equity Fellowship 2024. The California Fellowship aims to assist reporters in California who are working on ambitious projects related to health and health equity issues that often go unnoticed.

USC Annenberg California Health Equity Fellowship 2024
USC Annenberg California Health Equity Fellowship 2024

As a fellow, you have the freedom to identify which stories are necessary for your community to improve health outcomes, and we provide support throughout the process.

The program begins with a week of intensive training and discussions at the USC Annenberg campus, where you learn from renowned health experts, policy analysts, community health leaders, and experienced journalists in the field, as well as fellow participants. In addition to this, there will be ongoing mentoring and virtual meetings to guide fellows towards the successful completion of their projects.

The program places great importance on recognizing how environmental and community conditions impact our lifespan and overall well-being. It encourages fellows to involve communities right from the beginning of their projects and offers valuable insights on how to effectively tackle significant projects that can make a substantial positive impact on community health and well-being.

Fellowship Themes

Below are some general areas of reporting  encouraged in Fellowship proposals:

  • Exploring the underlying causes of health inequities and systemic racism
  • Investigating the impact of food insecurity, economic stability, and meeting basic needs on the well-being of families and communities
  • Assessing the effectiveness of justice systems, schools, or healthcare systems in serving and addressing the needs of families or communities, and examining any disparities or exclusionary practices
  • Shedding light on the issue of housing insecurity in California, including its scale and potential solutions
  • Conduction accountability journalism to determine if healthcare and social welfare systems adequately cater to populations in need.


Accepted fellows receive:

  • A grant of $2,000 to $10,000 to assist with reporting expenses.
  • A week of immersive in-person training.
  • Five months of professional guidance and mentorship.

Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for an additional five months of mentorship in engaged journalism, along with financial support ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 to enhance their creative endeavours.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fellowship is specifically designed for professional journalists.
  • Students are not eligible to submit applications.
  • Journalists from various beats are encouraged to apply.
  • Both large and small newsroom journalists can apply for the Fellowship.
  • Freelancers are welcome to apply, but they must have a confirmed assignment from an outlet and provide a signed editor checklist and letter of recommendation to be considered.
  • The Fellowship is interested in stories that have a broad understanding of health and focus on the underlying causes of poor health, such as systemic racism, poverty, trauma, barriers to healthcare access, the physical environment, housing and food insecurity, unemployment, lack of education, and exposure to community or domestic violence.

Application Process and Required Documents

  • The application process entails uploading the following documents:
  • Personal Statement
  • Project Proposal
  • Statement on Deliverables
  • A Proposed Budget
  • Resumé
  • Editor Checklist
  • Letter of Reference
  • Three Samples of Your Work
  • Additionally, applicants are required to join, create a profile, and upload a photo.
  • All applicants who wish to apply for the 2024 California Health Equity Fellowship must submit their applications through this particular form .

For further information please visit USC  Official website.

Application Deadline

December 10, 2023.



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