Writing Fellowship

The Prospect currently has two full-time Writing Fellows. It will announce the 2016-2018 Fellowship in the winter of 2016, and will begin accepting applications at that time.

The Program

The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists at the beginning of their career the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow is expected to contribute regularly to the website and to the print edition. For the Summer 2014 through June 2016 fellowship we are seeking candidates with strong writing and analytical abilities who are as comfortable generating article ideas as they are relying on assignments. A passion for politics, policy, and digital journalism is a prerequisite. Prior journalism experience is not required. We are committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our people with ongoing career-development opportunities. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The goal of the program is to ensure that fellows develop the relationships, track record, credibility, and clips to pursue a career in journalism. Past fellows have gone on to take leadership roles at the Prospect as well as to work and write for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.

Fellows must make a one-year commitment. After that year, the Prospect and the fellow will evaluate and determine whether to renew for a second year. The fellowship pays $33,000 the first year and includes health, dental, and vision benefits.

The Magazine

The American Prospect was founded in 1990 and is devoted to promoting informed discussion and debate on public-policy matters of interest to all Americans—as well as people around the globe—from a progressive perspective. Through our website and bimonthly print edition, we seek to spread the new ideas and critical analyses necessary to support an informed public discourse.

The Application

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A critique of the Prospect website as published here. The critique should consider, among other points, the balance of pieces, their presentation, and the variety of individual voices. You are not expected to critique every article or blog, but you should engage with the argument of one or more pieces, looking at style, clarity, and readability. 
  • Three story ideas for The American Prospect that include 1) a reported feature or essay; 2) a piece on an important debate from the world of politics, policy, or ideas; 3) a multimedia story.
  • A response to the following questions: 1) What books, magazines, and/or blogs have you read recently and why?  2) Where do you see yourself in five years and why?
  • Two written recommendations.
  • Three to four writing samples. These can include newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts, and unpublished pieces—anything that demonstrates your writing style and reporting at their best.
  • Your résumé.
  • Your college and (if applicable) graduate school transcripts.

All applications should be submitted through our online form or mailed to:

Amanda Teuscher
Writing Fellows Program
The American Prospect
1710 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Please contact Amanda Teuscher with any questions at ateuscher@prospect.org