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Julian Bond Fellowship

The Julian Bond Fellowship program aims to promote emerging voices in Southern media and support early-career journalists and researchers seeking innovative approaches to promoting justice and democracy in the South.

The Julian Bond Fellowship is a nine-month, full-time position for public interest journalists or researchers. Fellows will be provided a $5,000 monthly stipend, and additional resources for office, training, conferences and research expenses. Given uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus epidemic, the Institute will be exploring options for fellows to conduct their fellowships either remotely or while based at the Institute's offices in Durham, N.C.

During their time at the Institute, fellows will write regularly for the Institute's online magazine, Facing South. Fellows will also have the opportunity to conduct and publish in-depth writing and research projects, such as investigative stories or policy reports, in areas of mutual interest to the Fellow and the Institute. Fellows will join the Institute's dynamic, multi-racial team of journalists, researchers and nonprofit leaders, and have the opportunity to engage with the Institute's network of change-makers across the South and country.

The Fellowship is aimed at early-career journalists and researchers interested in helping change the public debate about issues of equity and democracy in the South. Journalists and researchers of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as are others who believe their presence would contribute substantially to diversifying the media and public scholar landscape in the South. Candidates must have at least two to three years of experience writing and/or producing research reports for a public audience, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting justice, equality and democracy.

The fellowship is named in honor of Julian Bond, a civil rights veteran and co-founder of the Institute for Southern Studies. Bond served as media director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s, and later as a member of the Georgia General Assembly, national chairman of the NAACP, and history professor at the University of Virginia. Bond had a special interest in the power of public interest media and innovative policy thinking in advancing social, racial and economic justice. He was a regular commentator for ABC's "The Today Show," and from 1980 to 1997 hosted "America's Black Forum," then the oldest black-owned syndicated TV program.

The Institute for Southern Studies is a nonprofit media, research and education center based in Durham, N.C., and publisher of the online magazine, Facing South. Founded in 1970 by civil rights veterans, the Institute has earned a national reputation for its award-winning investigative journalism and innovative research on policy issues and Southern trends.

The 2021 fellowship will start Jan. 4, 2021, and end Sept. 30, 2021. To apply, please go to the online application form here. Applications must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m.

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Photo: Julian Bond speaking in 1984 (Public Domain/State Library and Archives of Florida)