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Apply now for the Code Switch Mid-Career Scholarships


We are delighted to announce that applications for the code switch Class of ’22 scholarships are now open. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2022.

We launched the fellowships last year to help develop experienced journalists interested in telling thoughtful and nuanced stories about race and the identity of people and places we might not otherwise hear. Our fellows produced three of our most gripping episodes of the past year: how the “pretenders” hurt real Indigenous peoples and communities, addressing racism through therapy, and the experience of POCs with albinism.

This year, two fellowships are designed to enable experienced and active journalists to develop and report an in-depth story on race, identity and social justice. The story will air on code switch podcast and radio show, with editorial help and support from the editors and producers of code switch and NPR. We will work with your current employer to coordinate schedules, timing and posting.

The fellowships are open to all mid-career journalists and storytellers. If you’re at an NPR member station in the US, we’d especially love to hear from you!

Here are the details:

What we look for in a comrade

  • Ideally, you’re a mid-career journalist and already have a story in mind, but you could use some tips and resources for reporting.
  • You’ll benefit from weekly check-ins with a dedicated editor, training on how to report, storyboard and produce sound-rich narratives, and working with a team that has expertise spanning race and identity.
  • You might have a track record covering stories about race, working in audio, or both.
  • You are excited to spend 6-7 months working on a story, from ideation to reporting, scripting and production.
  • What to expect

    These fellowships are designed to be flexible, so fellows can continue to work in their current jobs while building their stories for Code switch. Fellows will receive a $12,000 stipend to cover affiliate travel and reporting costs, established in conjunction with the fellow’s current employer. Up to two candidates will be selected.

    How to submit an application

    Applicants should submit a detailed proposal for the story or project they wish to pursue and the resources and financial support they are likely to need to carry it out. Applicants should submit their proposal and a resume (attached in PDF format) to [email protected], with the subject “Code Switch Mid-career Fellowship Application”.

    The deadline to apply for this reporting grant is September 15, 2022. If you have any questions, contact the Code Switch editors at [email protected] with the subject line “Mid-Career Scholarship Questions” and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Here are some tips from last year’s scholarship recipients

    Our first two Mid-Career Fellows were Kamna Shastri and Isabelle Mendoza. Kamna explored how people of color with albinism conceptualize race, and Isabeth used therapy as a lens to tell the stories of two Latinx people struggling with anti-Blackness.

    After six months of reporting and crafting their stories, we ask our first Fellows for their advice for future Fellows:

    “Choose a topic that you are really passionate about, even if other people have said no,” said Isabeth Mendoza. “If you believe in it, start it because you will need this fire to burn until the very end.”

    Kamna Shastri says it’s important to trust your experience throughout the process.

    “As a fellow, you are learning, but you are also bringing the expertise you have gained so far,” Kamna Shastri said. “Find a balance because no one but you can tell this story.”

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