Writing Fellowship

The Prospect is not currently offering a fellowship for 2018-2019.

The Program

The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists at the beginning of their careers the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow benefits from an intensive mentoring program and is expected to contribute regularly to the website and to the print edition.

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, print and digital journalism is a prerequisite. Prior journalism experience is encouraged but not required. We are committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our people with ongoing career-development opportunities. We are actively seeking candidates of color.

The goal of the program is to ensure that fellows develop the relationships, track record, credibility, quality of writing, 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.

The fellowship pays a salary of $33,000 a 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 should submit the following:

  • A critique of the Prospect website. The critique should consider, among other points, the balance of pieces, their presentation, and the variety of individual voices, as well as the quality and design of the site as a whole. Please engage with the argument of a few representative pieces, looking at style, clarity, and readability. 
  • A critique of the print magazine. What do you think of it as a whole? Which recent pieces worked, and why? Focus on three or four pieces. Which ones fell short?
  • 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) another topic or genre of your choice.
  • A response to the following questions: 1) What magazines, newspapers, and websites do you read regularly? Name a few intellectual and political heroes of yours. 2) Where do you see yourself in five years and why?
  • Two written recommendations (sent to fellowship@prospect.org).
  • Three or 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.

All applications should be submitted to fellowship@prospect.org or mailed to:

Writing Fellows Program
The American Prospect
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

In your application, please include an email cover letter that indicates the names and contact information of your two recommenders. The letters of recommendation can be sent separately by the recommenders, or can be included with the other application materials, but please include all other application materials in one single email. Contact Amanda Teuscher with questions specific to the application process at ateuscher@prospect.org.