Application and selection process

To apply, an applicant compiles the items listed below according to these directions. We encourage applicants to visit our FAQ page to find answers to many commonly asked questions about the fellowship and to view resources available to fellows - this information may be helpful when preparing the application. Applications must be received by the March 1 deadline.

Full application requires:

To apply, visit the CU Jobs website and upload the documents below to the current Faculty Fellow posting (posting number 44551). 

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Professional Autobiography
  • Study Plan & Project Proposal¬†
  • Three Samples of Professional Work

Contact information for three references will be collected by our system during the application process. References may receive an email request to provide a confidential letter of recommendation and will be given ample time to provide these letters once contacted. One letter should be from your immediate supervisor or, for freelancers, from an editor who has worked closely with you. Note that you do not need to provide a letter of recommendation with your application, only contact information is initially required.

A selection committee will review all applications, select ten candidates to be interviewed, and recommend five candidates for the fellowship. Applicants will be notified of selection around May 1.

Questions can be directed to

Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 1.

Fellowship Year

The fellowship begins in mid-August with a week's orientation prior to classes beginning and continues into mid-May.


Five Ted Scripps Fellowships are awarded each year. The fellowship is open to full-time journalists working in any medium who are interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of environmental issues. It is aimed at outstanding journalists committed to a career in professional journalism.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years full-time professional journalism experience and have completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants may include reporters, editors, producers, photojournalists, documentarians, and feature writers. Both salaried staff and full-time freelancers are welcome to apply. Prior experience in covering the environment is not required.

We are pleased to receive applications from international applicants; however, please be advised that you must hold a current visa and be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application to be considered for this position.