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Congratulations! Your application has been selected to advance on to the semifinalist round of the Ida B. Wells Fellowship application process. 

Please email me by 9am ET on April 10th at noy@typeinvestigations.org with the name, phone number, and email address for two professional references who are familiar with your journalistic work, along with a 1-2 sentence description of how each person knows you and your reporting. 

If you are a staff reporter/employed at the outlet that will be publishing your work, please use this form to request a letter from your editor stating that they support your proposed investigation, will give you time to complete it throughout the year (around 20 percent of your time over the course of your fellowship), and will co-publish your project with Type Investigations. Your employer can also serve as one of your references. The letter will be due at 11:59pm ET on April 9th. 

If you advance on to the finalist round, we may be sending you a few brief follow-up questions about your proposal the week of April 10th. You will have until April 16th to respond if we do have any additional questions for you. We will ask you for short responses, so this shouldn't be an onerous task. But as this will require a little time and thought, we wanted you to know about this stage in advance and set aside a bit of time accordingly. 

For staff writers who need to submit the editor support letter, please make sure to press the 'submit form' at the bottom of the page -- this will guarantee that your responses are logged in and visible inside the application platform. 

If you have any questions, please email me at noy@typeinvestigations.org; do not reply to this message. 

Thank you,
Noy Thrupkaew

Applications are now open for the 2023 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties at Type Media Center. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 21, 2023 to be eligible.

The competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Please note, that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote projects will be considered.

Applicants should submit a proposal describing their intended summer project, in no more than three pages double-spaced, along with a resumé, letter of recommendation, evidence of their project's approval, and the name and contact information of the faculty or organizational sponsor. Requirements for the proposal statement are:

Your statement should not exceed three pages, double-spaced. Statements should accomplish the following:

  • Describe your proposed project; 
  • Discuss the need, challenge, or opportunity that the project will address; 
  • Describe your central goals for the project and your expected activities and strategies for achieving them;
  • Describe how this project fits into your larger career and/or personal goals; 
  • Describe your relationship to the person and/or organization who will supervise this project and how you will communicate during the fellowship.

Letters of recommendation should include:

  • A statement of how long and in what capacity the recommender has known the applicant; 
  • A comment on the student’s proposed plans and their feasibility;
  • And commentary on the student’s strengths and weaknesses and likelihood that the student will succeed in the proposed project.

Evidence of the project's approval may include:

  • A brief letter or email to the applicant from the organizational sponsor or mentor.
  • A screenshot of a confirmation letter or email to the applicant from the organization, the organizational sponsor, and/or representative.

Please fill out the application below. For more information or if you have any questions, email masur@typemediacenter.org or call 212-822-0263.

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