The Alicia Patterson Fellowship

The Alicia Patterson Foundation Program was established in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly 23 years before her death in 1963. One-year and six month grants are awarded to working journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and to write articles based on their investigations for The APF Reporter, a web published magazine by the Foundation and available on the web.

Each year a panel of judges convenes in the Fall to interview and choose APF fellows. The fellowships provide US$40,000 for the full-year stipend and US$20,000 for the six-month fellowship.

Who can apply for a fellowship?

The Alicia Patterson fellowships are open only to U.S. citizens who are fulltime print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work fulltime for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. The aim of the trustees who established the foundation was to improve the quality of U.S. print journalism.

Deadline: October 1st, 2010



Please submit one set of 8 to 12 samples. These can be published photographs or unmounted prints. No slides please. Samples cannot exceed 12 x 14 inches.

Reporters and Writers

1. Please submit three copies of three articles with publication date and place noted. To fit into the judges' packets, they must be kept to 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Either reduce longer articles by copy machine reduction or cut and paste articles on several 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of white paper.

2. Number multiple pages of any article. Please don't use staples or fancy folders because we need to duplicate your material for the judges. You may submit originals or clear photocopies. Please don't send books or chapters of books.

3. Each part of series counts as one article, so it may be wise to choose only one part of a series and submit two other, unrelated articles in order to show diversity of topics.

4. Please do not submit any more than three articles. The judges will see only three and we'd rather you make the selection. The content of the articles, rather than date or place or publication, is most important.


Please send three copies of four samples of work you have edited, using the guidelines above. Attach a statement regarding your contribution to the finished product. If you also write, you may substitute two of your own articles in the four sample total.

All Applicants

Please make sure the text from your printer or typewriter is dark enough to generate readable pages when photocopied. Fancy presentation (folders, binding, plastic sheaths for articles, even paper clips) make our work harder. Also, fax copies do not reproduce well. Please don't wait until the last day because we cannot use fax transmissions.

Please write atop the application form whether you are applying for a 12 or 6 month fellowships. Note: judges on rare occasion have awarded a six month fellowship for an applicant requesting a 12-month grant.

Remember, all applicants must submit application, clips, essays and budget in triplicate. Photographers submit only one set of their prints. Please arrange your materials in three identical groupings, i.e. each group includes one autobiography, one budget, and one set of clips or work samples.


Have four (4) persons who are familiar with your work and your proposal submit a letter of recommendation directly to the Foundation by October 1. Extra copies of the APF brochure are included with the application material and should be sent to each reference. Please list the names and addresses of your references on the application form.

Professional Autobiography

A typed statement, not to exceed two (2) single spaced pages, to include reasons for going into journalism, journalistic experience, and future plans.

Estimate Costs

A detailed, typed budget statement, not to exceed one (1) page, to include two categories.

Projected fellowship Costs: Travel, books, short-term housing, etc.

Personal Maintenance: An estimate of living expenses for one year for yourself and your family (if any).

Where possible, list known costs; where not, estimate. Subtotal each category, then total both. At the bottom of your budget page, please indicate what funds, if any, would be available from other sources in support of your proposal fellowship year.

Website: Alicia Patterson Foundation


  1. Joseph Roberts says

    great! I didn't know about this grant...

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