The UC Berkeley – 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

Application for the UC Berkeley – 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship is currently on!

The fellowship is open to print and audio journalists. 

To apply for this award, you have to meet the eligibility criteria. Read through to see the requirements and how to apply.

About 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form print and audio stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment, food and climate change, global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.


The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley and Malia Wollan, the fellowship’s director.


We will give preference to U.S. focused stories, but will also consider international stories with a strong U.S. angle or connection.

Travel for workshops 

We will meet in Berkeley in June and again in November. During the first session, fellows will refine their story pitches with the help of the editors, and develop a reporting and publishing or broadcast strategy. Reporting, writing, and producing will take place between June and November.

Our second workshop week will take place in November when we will go over completed drafts. Travel and lodging expenses for in-person workshops will be covered by the fellowship.

The fellowship is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation.

How to Apply


Submit Application

Your application must be received by MM/DD.View Application Form


Submit Letter of Reference

Letter of reference must be received by MM/DD.View Reference Form


Review Applicants

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Application Deadline

Online applications are due March 15, 2022, and should include a one-page pitch with a clearly defined story idea, not just a subject. The pitch should reflect some preliminary reporting, providing a clear sense of place, characters, and narrative. The application also requires a resume, two letters of recommendation, and published clips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but we cannot assist with visas or residency. Also, stories must have a strong U.S. angle.

Your references should be people who are familiar with your journalistic work, preferably editors or instructors you’ve worked with on stories.

Yes. We got so many good applications for so few spots we had to pass on many good stories.







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