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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
“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)
The fellowship is powered by philanthropy.
In the academic year of 2022/2023, the Constructive Fellowship Programme is financed by TrygFonden, Novo Nordisk Foundation and Realdania, The Danish Industry Foundation and William Demant Foundation.