Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship 2024

Deadline: 24th of February, 2024 by 5:00pm ET

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship for 2024 is now accepting applications.For senior and mid-career journalists who want to enhance their reporting on violence, war, and tragedy while also expanding their understanding of emotional trauma and psychological harm, the Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a special seminar program.

It may be extremely difficult to report about traumatic occurrences in a responsible and credible manner. Examples of such events include family violence and street crime, natural catastrophes and accidents, war and genocide, pandemics, and societal upheaval. A initiative of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has brought together exceptional journalists from around the globe since 1999 to examine important themes surrounding news coverage of violence, trauma, and disaster.

Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and practice, and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.


  • The Ochberg Fellowships are open to outstanding journalists from any part of the world (with at least five years of professional journalism experience) working across all media. Past Fellows have ranged from small-town and regional general-assignment and crime reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations. Both staff journalists and freelancers are welcome to apply. Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering trauma and its impact on individuals, families or communities.
  • The Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and digital reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience. Approximately half of the Fellows will be based in North America, with the balance drawn from Latin America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East.
  • All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.


To apply for the Ochberg Fellowship, you must create a free account on Submittable.

In order to submit a completed application, you will need:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of interest (Your letter should discuss your work as a journalist, your experiences covering violence and trauma, challenges you’ve encountered or particular events or experiences that have informed your outlook and/or professional trajectory, and what you hope to take away from the fellowship.) [No more than 2 pages]
  • Two relevant work samples (Work samples must have been published or broadcast within the last 24 months by a professional news outlet [no personal websites]. If your work samples are in a language other than English, please submit two sets  – one in the original language and another in English translation. For non-English audio, video or multimedia, you may submit a translated transcript.)
  • Two letters of recommendation (You will be asked to provide an email address for each of your recommenders and they will be contacted directly by Submittable to submit their recommendation for your application. Recommendation letters can be submitted by February 29th at 5pm ET at the latest.)


  • The application deadline is February 21, 2024 at 5:00pm ET.
  • The Fellowship program will be held July 30 – August 5, 2024, at Columbia University in New York City.
  • All individuals selected for the 2024 Ochberg Fellowship will be required to be vaccinated and boosted. Please attest that if selected you fulfill this requirement.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship.

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