Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities or Americans studying at foreign universities, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of fourteen scholarships/internships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.
From among the scholarship winners, the Foundation selects up to nine scholars and pays travel and living expenses for them to intern at foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Reuters, GlobalPost and Forbes. Students win either a $2,000 grant or funding for their overseas experience. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. Winners are also invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization informed of their career moves.
The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Essay. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Essay of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest. It can be in the form of a news story, analysis, or essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. While the writing sample need not be new work, it should be submitted in a form that meets the application requirements.
The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion.
Winners will be contacted in December so that arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in February 2014 in New York City at the Foundation's expense. Recipients are expected to attend. The results will be posted on the Web site in mid-December.
Applicants do not have to be US citizens. Applications may be sent by mail, fax or email. Please choose one. Email is preferred (Word or PDF).
DEADLINE: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Mail: William J. Holstein, President, Overseas Press Club Foundation, 40 West 45 Street, New York NY 10036