Who We Are:
The Overseas Press Club of America was founded in 1939 in New York by a group of foreign correspondents. The OPC seeks to maintain an international association of journalists working in the United States and abroad; to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news; to help educate a new generation of journalists; to contribute to the freedom and independence of journalists and the press throughout the world, and to work toward better communication and understanding among people.
What We Offer:
Graduate and undergraduate students studying at American colleges and universities who aspire to become foreign correspondents are invited to apply for Overseas Press Club Foundation scholarship/fellowship awards. American students studying abroad are also eligible to apply.
In a typical year, the Foundation would award 17 scholarships/fellowships. The Foundation pays travel and living expenses for the fellowship winners to spend time in the foreign bureaus of such leading news organizations as the Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, GroundTruth Project, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes and at foreign English-language media companies such as the South China Morning Post. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of fellowships available at news organizations may be fewer this year or the fellowship may be virtual. Students can still win a $2,000-$3,000 grant to pursue academic goals or funding their own overseas assignments.
Application Requirements — Due Dec. 1, 2020.
- COVER LETTER: The cover letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as to how the applicant developed an interest in journalism and in a particular part of the world or how they would use the scholarship to further their career in journalism.
- RESUME: The judges like to see past experience and a commitment to journalism. Language and media skills are very important.
- WORK SAMPLE. The writing sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest and experience. Winners have written on such diverse topics as playing blackjack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the Indian diaspora in South Sudan, and a Taiwanese book store in mainland China. As four of the 17 awards are reserved for international business or economic coverage, the judges encourage work samples that demonstrate a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic topics such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or climate, and public health issues.
Other routes for submission include:
- PHOTOJOURNALISM: Please send one PDF of photos or a link to a website or other location where judges can view the work online. Photojournalism applicants are also required to submit a writing sample of 500 words that contextualize the photos, explaining how the images were captured or their significance.
- VIDEO JOURNALISM: An entry may be a feature, personality, or news journalism piece, and may be either narrated or rely completely on interviews and verité. Applicants must be transparent about their role in the production and give appropriate credit to all team members who participated. Each video story must have a beginning, middle, and end. No entry should be shorter than two minutes or longer than seven minutes and should consist primarily of international reportage. Please send a link where the judges can view the work online. Video journalism applicants are also required to submit a writing sample of 500 words that describe the film and its significance.