University of Southern California Annenberg Announces 2012 Knight Luce Fellowship Program for Reporting on Global Religion

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The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is accepting applications for the 2012 Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.

Sponsored by the Knight Chair in Media and Religion and funded by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, the fellowship offers stipends for American journalists interested in reporting and writing stories that illuminate how religion, religious institutions, and religious people influence on-the-ground social, political, and economic conditions; circulate ideas and ideologies among home and diaspora communities; and promote or inhibit religious and political coexistence and cooperation. Stories must be reported outside the United States, although they may include an American context for contrast or comparison.

Among the stories covered by the 2011 Knight Luce fellows were Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, the burgeoning U.S. evangelical adoption movement in Rwanda and Liberia, advancing LBGT rights in Argentina, and Hazara immigrants in Pakistan and Greece.

Staff reporters, affiliated freelancers, and self-employed Web journalists working in the U.S. or abroad on politics and sociocultural issues, as well as generalists and religion specialists who are American citizens, are encouraged to apply. Previous Knight Luce fellows are not eligible. Successful applicants will be awarded stipends ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to subsidize their travel, living, and miscellaneous costs. Early career journalists are invited to consider submitting proposals under $10,000 that may be experimental in nature. Projects are to be completed within six months of the receipt of funds.

For complete program information and to apply, visit the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Web site.

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