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DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Graduate and undergraduate students studying at American colleges and universities who aspire to become foreign correspondents are invited to apply for one of 16 scholarships/fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation. American students studying abroad are also eligible to apply.

From among those chosen, the Foundation selects up to 12 scholars and pays travel and living expenses for them to spend time in the foreign bureaus of such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, GroundTruth Project, Wall Street Journal and Forbes and at foreign English-language media companies such as the South China Morning Post.  Students win either a $3,000 grant (which they may use for any purpose) or funding for their overseas assignment.  In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. 

The judges require that all applicants, including those submitting visual entries, submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample.  The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page.

COVER LETTER: The cover letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in journalism and in a particular part of the world or how he or she would use the scholarship to further his or her journalistic ambitions.

RESUME: The judges attempt to see a progression in an applicant’s journalistic path through college, internships and other experiences. Applicants are advised to not include activities that are far removed from their journalistic area of interest.

WRITING SAMPLE: The writing sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest and experience. Winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the Indian diaspora in South Sudan and a Taiwanese book store in mainland China. Essays that are exceedingly long may be disqualified. The substance of the essay may have appeared in an individual's previously published work but should be reformatted to meet the requirements of the application. Do not send a clip or URL. Judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, humor and a sense of perspective. Applicants are advised to carefully proof read their submitted materials because typos and other basic mistakes can lead to disqualification.

BUSINESS REPORTING: Because four of the 16 awards are reserved for international business or economic coverage, the Foundation invites applications from students who show a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. Health issues are also increasingly important.

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Applicants may submit a series of photographs that collectively tell a story. Satisfactory entries will consist of at least five, but no more than 12 photographs captured as part of international reportage in a format that can be uploaded to https://www.screeningroom.org/festivals/public/opc-foundation-scholarship

VIDEO JOURNALISM:  An entry may be a feature, personality, or news journalism piece, and may be either narrated or rely completely on interviews and verité. The applicant must be transparent about their particular role in the production and give appropriate credit to all team members who participated in the production. Each video story must have a beginning, middle and end. No entry should be shorter than two minutes or longer than seven minutes and should consist primarily of international reportage and uploaded to https://www.screeningroom.org/festivals/public/opc-foundation-scholarship

Winners will be contacted in December so arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholar Awards Luncheon in February 2020 in New York City. Recipients are required to attend. The Foundation will cover the cost of travel and hotel. The three-day event also includes a welcome reception hosted by Reuters and a day of situational awareness/risk management training for journalists. Winners will meet many key editors and producers and other decision-makers with day-to-day responsibilities for managing international coverage.

DEADLINE:  Sunday, December 1, 2019

Print applicants may email their applications to foundation@opcofamerica.org
For more information, contact Jane Reilly, Executive Director, at foundation@opcofamerica.org or call 201-819-2639.
Email:  foundation@opcofamerica.org
Website: overseaspressclubfoundation.org
Mail: Overseas Press Club Foundation, 40 West 45 Street, New York NY 10036




William J. Holstein
Overseas Press Club Foundation
40 West 45 Street
New York NY 10036

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