O’Brien Fellowship

O’Brien Fellowship

At the Marquette University, the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is accepting applications for its 2018-19 class of O’Brien Fellows. To eligible, applicants should have at least five years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer.

Provided By:
Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit University located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wis. that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount:$65,000
  • Deadline: January 26, 2018
  • Winner Announcement: Not known


To receive the fellowship, a recipient must:

  • Applicants should have at least five years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer.
  • Applicants may work as journalists for news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest.
  • There are no academic prerequisites.

Instructions for Applying:

The application can be completed by the given link:


Supporting Documents:

You will be required to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Public Service Journalism Proposal
  • Personal Statement
  • Summary Bio
  • Work Samples
  • Awards, Fellowships, and Certificates
  • Letters of Recommendation

Award Amount:

  • A stipend of $65,000 for nine months for your salary, paid to your sponsoring organization, or directly to the fellow in the case of independent journalists.
  • A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area for the duration of the fellowship: up to $4,000 for a single, married or partnered fellow, up to $6,000 for a fellow with one child, up to $7,000 for a fellow with two children, up to $8,000 for a fellow with three or more children. Fellows submit rent receipts from the rental property owner.
  • A moving allowance based on family size and distance. The allowance, covering the move to and from Milwaukee, ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 in total. (Fellows from the Milwaukee metropolitan area are not eligible for a moving allowance.)
  • A travel and research allowance up to $8,000. This covers project-related travel as well as technology, data and document costs and equipment needs.
  • Employee benefits continue to be paid by the fellow’s employer, where applicable. Please contact us if you have questions on this.
  • Fellows and their spouses are eligible for the fellowship for tuition remission (up to seven credits) for courses offered by Marquette University.

Detailed Information Link:


Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact Dave Umhoefer, O’Brien Fellowship Director, at (414) 288-5956 or by email at david.umhoefer-at-marquette.edu.