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Apply for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship

Eligibility and Application Process 

The fellowship is open to all current Swarthmore students in good standing. (Note: The fellowship is not in service of Swarthmore College and does not create an employment relationship between the student and the College.) Students are invited to apply with international or domestic projects that focus on a pressing social issue. Please keep in mind that there may be continued travel restrictions and special health and safety guidelines in place related to COVID-19 and projects should be imagined accordingly. Before applying, students are encouraged to schedule an advising session with Katie Price (kprice1) and consult the Pulitzer Center Campus consortium fellowship information page as well as the Lang Center’s Summer Grants Handbook.

To complete an application, students will need:

  • A short project description (250 words), timeline, and budget
  • An engaged scholarship essay (750 words)
  • A short response regarding potential challenges (250 words)
  • At least two work samples 
  • A current resume or CV
  • A current transcript 
  • Contact information for three academic or professional references

PDF of the Summer 2022 application is available for students who would like to view the application before completing the form.  


  • January 15 — Applications open
  • February 15 — Applications due (link to application) 
  • February/March  — Applications are reviewed
  • March/April — Decision rendered 
  • Summer  — Fellow completes their reporting project with mentorship from the Pulitzer Center 
  • Fall  — Fellow participates in Washington Weekend and reports back to Swarthmore College 
  • Spring — Fellow serves on committee to select next year's finalists 

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