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Become a Fellow

This section takes you through everything about the constructive fellowship. From why you should take part to who should apply, funding and last but not least how to apply.

Constructive Journalism Fellowships
Program Structure

The Constructive Institute Fellowship Program is modelled after journalism fellowship programs at Stanford University in San Francisco and at Harvard University in Boston.

University Access

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.

Being a Fellow

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.

University Studies

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.

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.

Everyday Life

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.

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.

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.

Study Trips

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.


“My greatest take-away from the fellowship is a reminder of what journalism is supposed to accomplish. To take care of our democracy by serving society.”

– Mette Aaby, Editor, DR

What is a fellowship about?

We asked our former and current fellows what a constructive journalism fellowship is all about. Below you can meet the fellows and listen to their testimonials.

Getting to Know the Constructive Fellowship
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Fellows 2020-2021: Rikke Mathiassen about her studies and the Constructive Fellowship
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Fellows 2020-2021: Søren Linding Jakobsen on what the Constructive Fellowship is all about
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Fellows 2020-2021: Hans-Christian Lauritzen about the Constructive Fellowship
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Fellows 2020-2021: Eva Dalgaard Andreasen on her time as a Constructive Fellow
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Fellows 2019-2020: Hans Davidsen-Nielsen on his experiences with the Constructive Fellowship
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Fellows 2019-2020: Minna Skau on who should apply for a fellowship
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Fellows 2019-2020: Jakob Risbro on his time as a Constructive Fellow
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Fellows 2019-2020: Tine Rud Seerup on her time as a Constructive Journalism Fellow
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Fellows 2018-2019: Morten Vestergaard on 10 months without deadlines
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Fellows 2018-2019: Rasmus Bøttcher Christensen on how he will benefit from the fellowship year
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Fellows 2018-2019: Henrik Grunnet is bringing a new mindset back to work at IMS
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Fellows 2018-2019: Mette Koue on what 10 months without deadlines offer

You get a full year
to take a deep dive into the topics
you find the most interesting.

– Mathias Friis, Journalist, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)

Generously Supported by

The fellowship is powered by philanthropy.

Become a Fellow

Read more about the Constructive Journalism Fellowship, when to apply and how to do it here.

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