Menell Fellowship for South African Journalists

For almost 40 years, our program has hosted journalists from media organizations around the world to compare notes and collaborate with their peers, and study and converse with scholars and students, business leaders, policy makers and fellow media professionals. Most of all, they interact with and gain exposure to American media practices and American culture. Our program offers opportunities for vigorous study on a wide range of topics through classroom work and independent research with Duke faculty and industry scholars and practitioners, as well as providing a platform for independent research and production. Duke Media Fellows attend special seminars about topics related to media and democracy, led by Duke University faculty, leading journalists and guest lecturers. Fellows are also able to attend regular Duke University classes and have opportunities to work with faculty and staff to pursue independent projects. We also take a number of field trips to regional and national media establishments.

Media Fellows are entitled to partake of all the resources of Duke University including academic programs, cultural events, community life and recreation centers. Media Fellows have a shared office space with the other fellows with access to Duke’s comprehensive technology network and research libraries.

Program Costs

The Menell Fellowship covers all tuition for participation for the month-long intensive program, an award equal to $10,000. This covers all program and administration fees for participation as a Media Fellow at Duke, as well as travel and accommodation, local transportation and costs of a regional field trip. Not included is a daily stipend.

Our program is designed for mid-career journalists or media scholars who can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to attend university level seminars. We have, occasionally, made exceptions in special circumstances. But in the event, some special accommodations must be made. We do not, however, require any English language proficiency exams as our application process is considered rigorous in itself.

Application Process

The application packet should consist of applicant’s CV with academic and work history, letters of recommendation, samples of work, letter of funding, and, MOST IMPORTANT, an essay describing why you would like to be a Media Fellow, what you propose to research or study while you are at Duke and in the States, and how you imagine the experience will affect your future work.

Send all of this either by regular mail or by email to Laurie Bley, Program Director ( If you have any questions at all, or if you would just like more information, please feel free to contact Laurie directly.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis. There is one program in the Fall and one in the Spring each year. The Menell Fellows program looks forward to hearing from you.