Fully-funded Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship for International Journalist at Durham University in United Kingdom 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on June 9, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    The Palatine Centre Durham University Stockton Road Durham DH1 3LE +44 (0)191 334 1000

Durham University opens an opportunity for exceptional international journalists in their early careers to join the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship for the academic year of 2023-2024.

The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship

The Fellowship program offered by Durham University is one of the prestigious awards at the university and an extraordinary chance for a talented early-career international journalist.

The fellowship program will be running for nine months and involves an investigation of the project of the newsroom in London, New York, or Toronto. Throughout this time, the Fellow will receive guidance and mentorship from experienced editors at Reuters or other media partners and will also have access to the research resources and academics of Durham University.

     Source: Durham University

To give tribute to Sir Harry Evans, the fellowship was established, Sir Harry is a trailblazer in the field of investigative journalism. Sir Harry’s remarkable achievements as the editor of The Northern Echo, The Sunday Times, and The Times solidified his reputation as an icon of fearless journalism serving the public interest. His notable endeavors, such as advocating for compensation for Thalidomide children, uncovering the cover-up surrounding Soviet spy Kim Philby, and exposing corporate deceit in the 1974 DC-10 Paris air crash, established him as the epitome of courageous journalism. His peers in the media industry even voted him as the greatest British newspaper editor of all time.

About Durham University 

Founded in 1832, it is located in Durham, England. Durham University is one of the prestigious universities known for its academic excellence and rich history. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across various disciplines, including the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The university was recognized for thier strong commitment to education, scholarship, and research. It has a vibrant academic community, with world-renowned faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. Students at Durham have the opportunity to learn from and engage with leading scholars, fostering a stimulating learning environment.

The University is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive community. It values diversity and promotes an environment where students from all backgrounds can thrive. In addition to their academic pursuit, they offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for both local and international students. By offering an opportunity to the students, especially for international exchange students and scholars, they are building a bridge towards a successful future for every country and developing more leaders for the future!

Fellowship Summary 

  • Applicant’s Nationality: International
  • Degree: Any Degree
  • Field: Journalist
  • Scholarship Provider: Durham University
  • Scholarship Objectives: To equip talented early-career journalists with the necessary skills for rigorous and evidence-based research and reporting.
  • Scholarship Benefits: Fully-funded
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Application Submission Procedure: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Renewable: No
  • Offered Annually: Yes


  • Qualified applicants for the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship should be early in their careers and have professional journalism experience.
  • In cases where applicants are not currently working as journalists but have experience in investigative reporting within related fields, such as leading human rights or socio-political publications, conducting authoritative investigative research, or developing photo or video projects, documentaries, or exhibitions, their applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All applicants should follow the instructions and format provided for the application process.
  • The Sir Harry Evans Fellowship is open to candidates from around the world and welcomes applications regardless of current location.
  • The Fellowship encourages applications from under-represented groups in journalism to promote diversity and inclusivity.
  • The location of the Fellowship, whether in the UK, New York, or Toronto, will be determined by the Fellowship Committee. The selected candidate must meet the immigration requirements of the chosen location to undertake the Fellowship.

Application Process

The application can be completed in an online portal provided by the university. The application form must be completed in order to be considered for the evaluation. The following will be required along with the application:

  • Provide a brief statement (up to 500 words) introducing yourself to the Fellowship Committee. Share your aspirations and what you aim to accomplish through this opportunity. Explain how your personal vision of journalism aligns with the essence of the Fellowship.
  • Develop a detailed proposal (up to 800 words) outlining the investigative project you wish to undertake during the Fellowship. Present a clear and comprehensive plan, describing the objectives, methodology, and potential impact of the project. Highlight how the project aligns with the values and goals of the Fellowship.

The applicants will receive an email with a link to upload the following documents:

  • A one or two-page CV/résumé
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Up to four published examples of your work, with at least two being text-based. You can provide a document with links to online examples.
  • A letter of recommendation from an editor who has closely collaborated with you. The letter should assess your skills and potential as an investigative journalist.

Important Note 

  • International candidates are welcome to submit project proposals related to their own country or any other country.
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives and project ideas from candidates worldwide.
  • The project proposal plays a crucial role in the selection process.
  • It allows the Fellowship Committee to evaluate the candidate’s new judgment, originality, and conceptual abilities.

The Fellowship Committee wil be evaluating all the applications.


  • The successful applicant will be employed by Durham University as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS).
  • The Fellow will receive support from colleagues in the IAS to establish a network of researchers at the University for investigative journalism practice.
  • The Fellow will deliver a public seminar at the IAS, sharing their Fellowship learnings and supporting journalism understanding at the University.
  • The Fellowship offers a monthly salary of approximately £4,444 (equivalent to a pro-rata salary of around £53,333 per year).
  • Additionally, there is a living stipend of £1,250 per month and a one-time payment of £1,800 for travel and related expenses.
  • In the case where the successful applicant is currently employed by a news or media organization and takes leave to pursue the Fellowship, Durham University will provide up to £12,000 to the employer to cover temporary staff costs, subject to specific terms and conditions.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until July 10, 2023.

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