$50,000 AND $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation

November 30, 2011 | By Lauren Hart

The Phillips Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2012 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program.  Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible.  The Foundation created this program to provide fellowships for writing projects by journalists who share its mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system.

The Phillips Foundation awards $50,000 full-time and $25,000 part-time fellowships to undertake and complete a one-year project of the applicant's choosing focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society.  In addition, the Foundation offers separate year-long fellowships on the environment, on the benefits of free-market competition, and on law enforcement.  There are also Alumni Fund Fellowships funded by donations from current and former Novak Fellows.  Alumni Fund Fellowship winners write one magazine-length article on their topic.

The Foundation is looking for journalism projects which are both original and publishable.  The winners will deliver four quarterly writing installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical or as a book.

Applications must be postmarked by February 21, 2012.  The winners will be announced next May at an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington.  The starting date for the fellowships is September 1, 2012.  Applicants must be citizens of the United States.


For an application, visit www.novakfellowships.org, or contact:  The Phillips Foundation, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC  20001.  Phone:  202-677-4633.  E-mail: info@thephillipsfoundation.org.

The Foundation awarded nine fellowships in 2011:


Full-time Fellowships

•    Meg McDonnell for “Marriage and Young Adults:  Understanding the American Struggle to Get to ‘I do.’”

•    Jillian Melchior for “Cross Cultural China.”

Part-time Fellowships

•    Max Borders for “Superwealth:  Why We Should Stop Worrying About the ‘Gap’ Between Rich and Poor and Start Celebrating Wealth Creation.”

•    Nathan Harden for “The Higher Ed Bubble:  The Sad Sorry Story of How the Government Over-subsidized Student Loans and Produced a Generation of Under-educated, Over-credentialed, Debt-saddled Graduates Who Can’t Find a Job.”

•    Daniel Indiviglio for “Fixing the U.S. Mortgage Market:  How Less Government Will Make it Stronger and More Stable.”

•    John McCormack for “Citizens Divided:  How the Supreme Court’s 2010 Campaign Finance Ruling has Affected American Politics.”

•    Ashley McGuire for “The End of Women:  The Cultural Disempowerment of Girls, College Students, Mothers and Poor Women.”

Alumni Fund Fellowships

•    Tony Gonzalez for “Buying Barbecue Sauce by the Truckload:  How Entrepreneurs Find Profit in the Uncertain World of Lost and Unclaimed Freight.”

•    Charles Johnson for “Enemies Domestic:  An Investigation into the Appeasement of Evil by America’s Colleges.”

For a list of all 103 fellowship winners and their projects since inception of the program in 1994, visit www.novakfellowships.org.