Journalism in the Public Interest


ProPublica offers a variety of fellowships throughout the year, ranging anywhere from three months to a year. All of them are paid positions. Some of these fellowships are offered only occasionally, others are recurring. Because our fellowships do not always have a fixed end date, there is no regular schedule, but we do keep this page updated with the current status of all of our fellowships.

One of our missions is to bring journalists from a broad array of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds into journalism, including African Americans, Latinos, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. We are committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

Even if no fellowships are open at the moment, we are always looking for potential candidates. If you think you’d be a great fit for one of these positions, we encourage you to email us at

For our other positions, see our Jobs page.

Currently open:

Emerging Reporters Program

This fellowship is aimed at giving student journalists of color the financial freedom and support to do great journalism. Fellows will receive $4,500 per semester for one school year, and will receive ongoing mentoring from ProPublica’s reporters and editors. They’ll also spend one week in our newsroom in New York. Check out our previous fellows, or see more details about the program.

Not currently open:

Senior Reporting Fellow

This position is for a recent college or journalism school graduate to work in our newsroom in New York City. Reporting fellows at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico, NPR, the Center for Public Integrity and the Chicago Tribune.

Reporting Fellow

This fellowship is for somebody who has done reporting, and loves doing it. Fellows primarily report their own stories — like this one — but also collaborate with ProPublica’s reporters on big projects. Reporting fellows at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico, NPR, the Center for Public Integrity and the Chicago Tribune.

Design Fellow

This fellowship is geared for creative, ambitious designers who want to work in and learn from the daily workings of an active newsroom. They must demonstrate an aptitude for and curiosity about at least two of the following: interactive design, user experience, and editorial design. This is a great fellowship for a design student interested in working on journalistic projects, or working interactive designers looking to transition into the field.

Data Fellow

This fellowship is aimed at curious, detail-oriented journalists proficient in statistics, or students of quantitative fields (statistics, computer science, etc.) with an interest in journalism. Fellows will work with our News Application and Data team, assisting with data preparation and statistical analysis. Former fellows in the department have gone on to work at The New York Times, Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

News Applications Fellow

This fellowship is for somebody interested in the intersection of data, design, coding and journalism. Fellows will work with our News Applications and Data team, building large-scale interactive databases (we call them “news applications”) and short-turnaround interactive dataviz for stories. The team maintains a blog at See the team’s projects here.

Research Fellow

This fellowship is for somebody who has experience with or a strong enthusiasm for public records, databases such as LexisNexis and Pacer, and FOIA requests. The ideal candidate has a meticulous attention to detail, a passion for digging, and strong reporting skills. The fellow will work closely with reporters and editors to help with ad hoc requests while also balancing longer term research projects the intern will manage.

Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowship

This fellowship is organized by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, and embeds fellows for 10 months in partner newsrooms, sometimes including ProPublica. Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and work within their newsroom and with the Knight-Mozilla community to develop open-source projects. While ProPublica has hosted OpenNews fellows in the past, we are no longer a host organization for this fellowship. See more about the program here.

Google News Lab Fellow

This fellowship is organized by the Google News Lab and targets students interested in journalism and technology. Fellows spend the summer embedded at various newsrooms across the country, including ProPublica. Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 for the 10-week program, which runs from June-August. Applications are typically due in mid-January. Here’s more about the Google News Lab Fellowship.

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