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The 2015 Novak Fellows receive their awards during a dinner at the National Press Club in D.C. Click here to read about the 2015 Novak Fellowships Awards Dinner.

TFAS Trustee Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard presents Sharyl Attkisson with the inaugural Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Reporting. View more photos from our 22nd Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner

Working journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience in print or online journalism are eligible to apply for the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Applicants propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the program awards separate fellowships on the environment, on free enterprise and on law enforcement.

Launched in 1994, the Novak Fellowship Program offers full-time $50,000 fellowships and part-time $25,000 fellowships. The full-time fellowships include a $40,000 fellowship grant and up to $10,000 to reimburse expenses. The part-time fellowships comprise a $20,000 grant and up to $5,000 for expenses.   

A journalistic project funded under this program should be original and publishable. It will be delivered in four quarterly installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical publication or all together as a book. 

In addition to the funds set aside to reimburse the Fellow's expenses - $10,000 for a full-time fellowship and $5,000 for a part-time fellowship - the fellowship grant will be paid in four increments to correspond with completion of the quarterly writing installments. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships. To view the application online, visit www.TFAS.org/NovakFellowships/Apply. Applications and materials must be submitted online or postmarked by Feb. 9, 2016. Finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., next spring for interviews with the judges, and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the National Press Club on May 11, 2016. The fellowships will commence on Sept. 1. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. 
For questions or more information on applying for the 2016-17 Novak Fellowships program, please contact Vanessa Henderson at vhenderson@TFAS.org

About The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program:

The Novak Journalism Fellowship Program was launched in 1994 to nurture a new generation of responsible journalists. Legendary journalist Robert Novak provided the inspiration for the program, which was named in his honor following his passing in 2009. Novak Fellows devote a full year to a journalism project supportive of American culture, a free society, and free enterprise.

The Novak program has awarded 130 fellowships over the past two decades to promising young journalists who are climbing the ranks as groundbreaking reporters, editors, editorial page writers, columnists and authors. Novak Fellows include Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard and Fox News, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist, and Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner.



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