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Grant and In-Kind Support to a USA, Canada, and International Journalist for Costs Related to the Creation of a Human Interest Story

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award


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Funding Source
New York University - Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/22/24 Save

Grant Description
Grant and in-kind support to a USA, Canada, and International journalist for costs related to the creation of a human interest story. Funding is intended to enable a reporter to conduct research and write at the location of the topic event. The purpose of funding is to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. Eligible costs include travel expenses. The Institute expects the completed work to appear in an English-language publication of strong reputation.

The award proceeds from the recognition that many important stories need to be reported from afar and that publications do not always have the resources to send a writer where the story is. The money need not be used exclusively for travel, but the expectation is that most successful applications will include such expenses.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Competition is open to anyone age 21 and older.

There are no citizenship nor residency requirements.

The Institute expects the winner’s work to meet a high degree of excellence. While the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award competition is open to all, with the exceptions noted below, the Institute especially encourages applications from early-career, creative nonfiction writers working on projects that meet the competition’s guidelines.

The award will not fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperiled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory.

The following persons are not eligible to compete for The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award:
• Employees, volunteers, interns, and agents of NYU, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries (“NYU Affiliates”)
• NYU graduates with degrees dated within two years of the application deadline
• Journalists holding staff positions at established media outlets that are in a position to fund such projects on their own.

Pre-Application Information
- The proposal deadline is February 22nd, 2024
- Typically the winner is announced in April

You may only apply to one of the Institute’s awards per year.


Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
- The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of up to $12,500.
- In addition, the award provides the Winner with full access to New York University’s (“NYU”) vast library resources. The Winner may also have access to workspace at the Carter Institute's state-ofthe-art facility at 20 Cooper Square in the East Village for the duration of the reporting and writing period, space permitting. The Winner will be named a Visiting Scholar at NYU for the duration of the Award period (April – November).

Term of Contract
The completed project must be delivered no later than December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to:

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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