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RNS/IA Religion Journalism Fellowship



Religion News Service (RNS) and Interfaith America are pleased to announce the 2023-2024 RNS/IA Religion Journalism Fellows. This fellowship serves to develop future religion news journalists by deepening their understanding of religious expression in individual lives and civic life and to develop skills specific to covering religion, belief, faith, and spirituality. The 2023-24 fellowship builds on the success of the two previous classes, in which more than two dozen stories by eight fellows appeared on RNS and in RNS subscriber publications.



The fellowship will run from September 2023 to May 2024. The fellows will be awarded a $4000 stipend and expected to report and write at least one feature religion story per month, which will be published on the RNS website and the Interfaith America Magazine., and will receive a fellowship certificate upon completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Applications are open to all journalism graduates who have completed their degree in the past three years, and to freelance reporters who may not have a journalism degree but have at least a year of relevant reporting experience.

  • What are the fellowship expectations?

    All stories will be planned during monthly editorial meetings and edited by RNS. The stories will be co-published on RNS and Interfaith America websites. Fellows are expected to produce at least one in-depth feature story per month.

    To receive the fellowship certificate, fellows must have published at least 4 feature stories by the end of the fellowship and attended all monthly editorial meetings and guest speaker sessions.

  • What’s the fellowship timeline?

    The fellowship will begin with an orientation session on September 6 and run through May 2024.

  • What does the fellowship include?

    A $4000 stipend, workshops and sessions with renowned religion reporters from across the nation, one-on-one mentorship with RNS and Interfaith America Magazine editorial teams, opportunities to attend editorial meetings and network with reporters and editors in the field, and a fully paid trip to the Religion News Association Conference.

Press Release

  • Press Release

    Read on for further information about the Fall 2023 Religion News Service (RNS)/Interfaith America (IA) Religion Journalism Fellowship.

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  • RNS/IA Religion Journalism Fellowship Program

    Learn more about the fellowship and read the work of past fellows.

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