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McCrary award

Full-time 2014 Novak Fellow Lewis McCrary was awarded $50,000 for his chosen topic, “Almoners and Oilmen: The Pew Family, American Charity, and the Rise of Global Philanthropy.” Click here to read about the 2014 Novak Fellowships Awards Dinner.

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John Stossel of Fox Business talks about the importance of economic education while accepting the 2014 Thomas L. Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Novak Fellowships 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 2015 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, 2015. Finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., this spring for interviews with the judges, and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the National Press Club. The fellowships will commence on Sept. 1. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. 

For questions or more information on applying for the 2015-16 Novak Fellowships program, please contact Vanessa Henderson at vhenderson@TFAS.org


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