Religion News Service (RNS) and Interfaith America (IA) Religion Journalism Fellowship 2022-2023 Worldwide

Deadline: June 30th, 2022.

Religion News Service (RNS) and Interfaith America (IA) Religion Journalism Fellowship 2022-2023 Worldwide

The fellowship, returning for its second year, will run from September 2022 to March 2023. This fellowship serves to develop future religion news journalists by deepening their understanding of religious expression in individual lives and civic life and to develop skills specific to covering religion, belief, faith, and spirituality.

“The community of inquiry and learning that we built in the inaugural year of the 2021-22 RNS/IA Fellowship was every bit as exciting and rewarding as the excellent journalism that came out of it,” says Paul O’Donnell, editor-in-chief at Religion News Service. “As we’d hoped, the four fellows improved their religious literacy, but they also brought their own concerns and deepened everyone’s understanding of how faith fits into the issues that they care about.”

The 2022-23 fellowship builds on the success of the inaugural class, in which more than a dozen stories by four fellows appeared on RNS and in RNS subscriber publications.

One of the inaugural fellows, Diana Kruzman, focused her storytelling on the intersection of environmentalism and religion.

“As an early-career reporter, the fellowship has been invaluable in helping me get the chance to explore religion stories when I otherwise may not have had the chance to do so,” says Kruzman. “I’ve learned so much about the field from professional journalists working on religion coverage and feel much more confident in my ability to report on the variety of faiths and spiritualities that undergird all aspects of life – in the US and internationally.”

One of Kruzman’s pieces was republished by The Washington Post online and was also published in print.

The other fellows, Camille DanielsSara Badilini, and Tasmiha Khan, also wrote stories that focused on the convergence of religion and their interests in environment, education, and other fields.

Over the course of seven months, fellows had the opportunity to speak with some of the nation’s leading religion journalists including Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Adelle Banks, Yonat Shimron, Whitney Bauck, Wajahat Ali, Monique Parsons, and former NYT religion reporter Laurie Goodstein.

This year, fellows will again dive deeply into the world of religion news through a series of mentorships with senior journalists, workshops, journalist panels, editorial meetings, tutoring on critical religion resources, and a fully paid trip to the Religion News Association Conference.

The fellows will be awarded a $4000 stipend and expected to report and write at least one feature religion story per month, which will be published on the RNS website and the Interfaith America Magazine, and will receive a fellowship certificate upon completion.

Eligibility for the Religion News Service (RNS) and Interfaith America (IA) Religion Journalism Fellowship 2022-2023

Applications are open to all journalism graduates who have completed their degree in the past three years, and to freelance reporters who may not have a journalism degree but have at least a year of relevant reporting experience.

What are the fellowship expectations?

All stories will be planned during monthly editorial meetings and edited by RNS. The stories will be co-published on RNS and Interfaith America websites. Fellows are expected to produce at least one in-depth feature story per month (seven stories for seven months.)

To receive the fellowship certificate, fellows must have published at least 4 feature stories by the end of the fellowship and attended all monthly editorial meetings and guest speaker sessions.

What’s the fellowship timeline?

The fellowship will begin with an orientation session on August 31st and run through March 2023.


A $4000 stipend, workshops and sessions with renowned religion reporters from across the nation, one-on-one mentorship with RNS and Interfaith America Magazine editorial teams, opportunities to attend editorial meetings and network with reporters and editors in the field, and a fully paid trip to the Religion News Association Conference.

How to apply

To apply, fill out this online form.