$75,000 Marquette University 2023 O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism (USA)

Written by David on December 26, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Marquette University 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233 Phone: (800) 222-6544

O’Brien Fellows spend the equivalent of two academic semesters working on an in-depth reporting assignment on a subject of their choosing that is of interest on a state, regional, national, or international level. In the past, the majority of Fellows have established their primary place of employment in the O’Brien newsroom located within the Diederich College of Communication located on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We give prospective applicants who are ready to take up residency in Milwaukee an advantage in the selection process, despite the fact that we accept applications from people living everywhere in the world.

In the pursuit of an investigative or explanatory journalism project, you can act as a mentor to top journalism students at Marquette and link up with these students.


About the Scholarship Provider:

Milwaukee’s Marquette University has been around since 1881. There are eleven different institutions at Marquette that confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Among the academic centers and institutes housed on campus are the Les Aspin Center for Government, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute. Marquette University participates in the Big East Conference with 14 men’s and women’s Division I sports teams. The university told the US Department of Education about campus safety, but this has not been verified. 

Figures for criminal offenses reflect reports of such incidents to campus security and/or law enforcement, but do not include any actual convictions. Prospective students and their families are urged by experts to do their own research into the safety of a college and the neighborhood surrounding it. In 2019, there will be about 8,435 freshmen enrolled at Marquette University, a significant private institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some pupils may thrive in this metropolitan environment because of the excitement and variety it offers. Marquette, however, has a “study abroad” program in case you get sick of campus life. Keep in mind that some Marquette courses and degrees are available “online” while you read this report. John Martin Henni, the first Bishop of Milwaukee, laid the groundwork for the university. The university has 11,600 students and 1,200 faculty. 


We have 8,400 freshmen and 3,200 grad students. Basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball are just few of the games that can be played there. from the Society of Jesus founded the school. Marquette University was established in 1848 by Father Jacques Marquette, SJ, explorer from the 17th century, with the primary goal of providing affordable
education to the area’s burgeoning German immigrant community. In 1909, it made history by becoming the first institution of higher learning to allow female students. This institution has been officially recognized by the Higher Learning Commission. It is the largest private institution in Wisconsin and one of the largest universities in the United States. 

The university offers more than 68 graduate degree options. It’s the only dentistry school in the state, and it offers 22 different types of graduate certificates. A variety of disciplines, including the humanities, the sciences, the professions, and the arts are represented at the institution. The Golden Eagles are the school’s varsity sports teams, and they are members of the Big East Conference and compete in NCAA Division I. At Marquette University, you can choose from 11 different colleges and institutions, including the Helen Way Klin gler College of Arts and Sciences and the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. More than 75 percent of students who apply to Marquette University are accepted. However, Marquette uses a holistic admissions process in which more than just grades are considered when making admissions decisions. 


A demanding course load, meaningful extracurricular involvement, and a well-written application essay can all boost your chances of acceptance. Student potential in the classroom is important, but the institution also wants people who will have a positive impact on campus life. Applicants should remember that they can submit a separate personal statement and recommendation letters to strengthen their applications. Applicants whose personal stories or accomplishments are extremely impressive may be given substantial consideration even if their academic performance is below the university’s average. Marquette University is home to 19 academic research centers and 5 academic institutes, one of which being the National Sports Law Institute. Compared to the national average of 16:1, Marquette’s ratio of students to teachers is slightly better than the national norm. However, about 30 percent of Marquette courses are taught by TAs. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in 2012-2013, Marquette University had an all-in price tag of $46,897. Compared to the national average for private, four-year colleges of $39,518., this is a significant increase of over $7,000. In addition, the NCES found that the average Marquette University graduate owed $35,204 in student loans in 2011. To apply to Marquette, visit the university’s website and fill out either the Universal or Common Application. All application types can be accessed on the university’s main page. A full application will contain official transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, a personal essay, a recommendation from a guidance counselor, and a summary of extracurricular activities.

The physical therapy program was named No. 12 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. As an undergraduate, you must complete 36 hours of required general education courses. Taking a range of required core courses can help you fulfill the requirements for your academic major. With a lower acceptance rate than the national average of 63.8%, Marquette is a less competitive option. According to the NCES, the four-year high school graduation rate is 61%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 40%. Eighty-one percent of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate within six years.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Marquette University

Scholarship Country:  United States

Scholarship Worth: $75,000

Study Level: Fellowship

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • A stipend in the amount of $75,000 to cover your wage for the period of nine months, paid to the organization that is sponsoring you or, in the case of freelance journalists, directly to the fellow.
  • A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area for the duration of the fellowship. The residency allowance ranges from up to $6,000 for a single, married, or partnered fellow to up to $8,000 for a fellow with one child, up to $9,000 for a fellow with two children, and up to $10,000 for a fellow with three or more children. The fellows are required to present rent invoices from the owner of the leased property. Throughout the duration of the fellowship, the stipend will be disbursed in regular and consistent monthly installments.
  • An allowance for relocating costs of up to $7,000 (Fellows who are already living in the greater Milwaukee region will not be considered for a moving allowance.)
  • A research and travel allowance of up to $9,000 per year. This accounts for expenses incurred in connection with the project, including travel, fees associated with technology, data, and documents, and equipment requirements.
  • When applicable, the fellow’s employer will continue to pay for employee benefits including health insurance and retirement plans. Freelance journalists have the option of enrolling in the health insurance plan for Marquette University employees.
  • During their time as fellows, fellows and their spouses may be eligible for Marquette University tuition remission of up to seven credits for courses that are being offered by the university.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • We are looking for applications from journalists who are either staff-employed or independent who live in the United States or any of its territories. It is required that applicants have at least five years of professional experience and that they routinely create journalism either as an employee or as a freelancer. Applicants may have ties to print operations, radio, television, internet, podcasts, online publications, wire services, or magazines that cater to the interests of the general public. There are no academic prerequisites.
  • A proposition to produce an in-depth, multimedia public service journalism project that has the potential to have a large influence, lead to significant reform, and explain how individuals and groups can identify creative solutions to societal problems is being put forward.
  • The potential to successfully complete the project during the course of the fellowship.
  • The capacity to include students from Marquette University as contributors to a reporting team.
  • the ability to ensure the maximum possible exposure for the reporting once it is finished.
  • Candidates from the pool of finalists chosen by College of Communication journalism professors are interviewed by an advisory committee comprised of renowned journalists, Marquette faculty, and alumni. After those interviews are complete, the advisory group will provide the Diederich College of Communication dean with a list of recommended fellows for the dean to conduct a final evaluation of.



The Marquette University 2023 O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism (USA)p is open to all International Students


If you are a first-year student at the University of London and you are paying the home fee, you should apply for the Full-time Undergraduate Bursary for the 2022-2023 school year. The purpose of the scholarship is to help incoming freshmen who have shown strong ambition for higher education and a desire to make a positive impact in their communities on their way to achieving their own personal and professional objectives.


Application Procedure

  • We provide a section in our official online application form for you to link to your supporting materials from a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or from your personal or company website, and we encourage you to take advantage of this feature. The ability to see your materials online is made possible through this. This is the option that we favor.
  • Method 2 If you are unable to send us a link to your materials, you may email them to us at [email protected] with the subject “O’Brien Application Materials: Your Name.” If you are unable to send us a link to your materials, we will not be able to review your application.
  • Method 3 We will only accept hard copies of the materials at the mailing address listed below if none of the other options are possible. These items will not be given back to you under any circumstances. Before you mail them, we ask that you please phone us.
  • Get in touch with Dave Umhoefer, who is the Director of the O’Brien Fellowship, by calling (414) 288-5956 or sending an email to [email protected].


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for Marquette University 2023 O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism (USA)  is January 20, 2023

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