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O’brien Fellowship In Public Service Journalism

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Scholarship Description

O’brien Fellowship In Public Service Journalism helps new professionals dig deep while mentoring student journalists. The program honors Marquette alumni Alicia and Perry O’Brien.

A prestigious program, the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism gives experienced and aspiring journalists the chance to delve deeply into an important, in-depth reporting assignment of their choosing. This fellowship, which is hosted by Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Marquette University, offers journalists a singular chance to spend an academic year investigating and creating a piece of journalism that could have a big impact on society. A substantial stipend is given to fellows to cover living expenses, travel expenses, and research expenditures. This allows the fellows to concentrate entirely on their investigative projects, free from the daily demands of the media. Fellows get access to Marquette University’s resources, such as knowledgeable teachers, research materials, and student journalists who can help with the project, in addition to financial support.

In addition to producing journalism with a significant impact, the O’brien Fellowship In Public Service Journalism seeks to develop the next generation of journalists by working together and serving as mentors to promote an ethical and public service-oriented culture in the industry.

For the 2024/25 O’brien Fellowship In Public Service Journalism, the application portal are now opened.

Opportunity Type

Scholarships and Fellowships

Eligible Nationality

All Nationalities

Number of Available Scholarships

Not specified


To be eligible for this award, you must have the following as qualification:

  • Be a staff employed or independent journalist from the United States or its territories
  • Have at least 5 years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or a freelancer
  • Be connected to either print operations, radio, television, website, podcast, online, publications, wire services or magazines of general public interest.
  • No academic prerequisites

Scholarship Benefits

  • $70,000 Stipend as salary for nine months. It’ll be paid directly to the sponsoring organisation or to a fellow independent journalist.
  • Up to $40,00 to singles and $60,00 for the married with a child, $7,000 for a fellow with two children and $8,000 for a fellow with three children and above. This is a residency allowance based on family requirements for fellow moving into the Milwaukee Metropolitan area for the period of the Fellowship.
  • Up to $8,000 allowances for travel and allowances.

Application Procedure

All aspiring candidates should submit their official online application form so as to link the supporting document of application and also could contact Program Director, Dave Umhoefer on

Likewise Kindly visit the official website of the Marquette University for further information.

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