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The Constructive Fellowship Program

The Constructive Institute Fellowship Program is a European equivalent of the mid-career journalism fellowship programs at Stanford University in San Francisco and at Harvard University in Boston. The program aims to give talented media professionals, with a potential to influence the future of journalism, access to an academic bank of knowledge at a top class university for the duration of an academic year.


The aim of the program is to enable the fellows to strengthen their knowledge of their chosen topic areas, as well as to explore existing solutions to problems in the fields they are or will be covering.


The fellows will have free access to lectures at the university, as well as to workshops on constructive journalism at the Constructive Institute.


The fellowship program runs for a full academic year of 10 months, starting in the last week of August and finishing at the end of June. All fellows are expected to spend the majority of the time in Aarhus, with the exception of academic school holidays. The main working language of the fellows will be English.

In the academic year of 2017 / 2018, the Trygfonden Constructive Fellowship Programme, in association with Aarhus University, will give access to five Danish fellows, financed by TrygFonden. 


International media professionals interested in taking part of the program may still apply. However, as we do not yet have the international funding in place, the accepted fellows are expected to provide their own funding. They may turn to outside funding sources, such as foundations, civic groups, or national organisations.


Please contact the Constructive Institute to learn more about the costs of the program and the amount they should be applying for.




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Being a fellow

The fully funded program will allow the fellows to take advantage of the intellectual richness of Aarhus University and apply the gained knowledge to their journalistic work. The fellows will have a unique opportunity to spend one academic year pursuing their interests, broadening their knowledge, and exploring solutions to problems in the fields they are covering.


The fellows will be expected to take a number of academic courses at the university, attend weekly seminars on constructive journalism, take part in specially tailored lectures, as well as host small seminars themselves. However, no exams or tests are required and the fellowship year does not result in an academic diploma.


Once a week, there will be an editorial meeting with journalists and editors from the Danish or international media, discussing matters on the current news agenda and how they relate to constructive journalism.


Fellows will have their base in a central building at Aarhus University campus, located in a beautiful area close to the town center of Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and currently the 2017 European Capital of Culture.

The fellows will be meeting daily to provide support and inspiration for each other on matters related to their studies, career and life on the campus. Every week there will be activities of cultural or social nature, arranged by the Institute.


During the academic year, the fellows will get a chance to visit Geneva, Switzerland, home to many international organisations, and Silicon Valley in California, one of the world’s most famous tech hubs.


We expect the fellows to take a pro-active stance when putting together their individual fellowship program. This means that fellows should have an idea which subjects they want to study at the university and how they relate to their future career.

FUNDERS

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Constructive Institute

C/O Aarhus University
Bartholins Allé 16
Bygning 1328, 1. sal
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

+45 601 38 600
info@constructiveinstitute.org


Constructive Institute

C/O Aarhus University
Bartholins Allé 16
Bygning 1328, 1. sal
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

+45 601 38 600
info@constructiveinstitute.org


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