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Application Periods


Fall 2018

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Residencies: October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Accepting Applications:
February 15 - April 15, 2018


Winter/Spring 2019

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

Residencies: Feb 1 – May 31, 2019
Accepting Applications:
July 15 – September 15, 2018


Summer 2019

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Residencies: June 1 – Sept 30, 2019
Accepting Applications:
Oct 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019

Photojournalist <strong>Finbarr O'Reilly</strong> takes a break from his writing project outside Barnard Studio in late 2016. (<em>Joanne Edlredge Morrissey photo</em>)
Photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly takes a break from his writing project outside Barnard Studio in late 2016. (Joanne Edlredge Morrissey photo)

The Art of Journalism

As media resources continue to shift to free content and fast news, The MacDowell Colony is doubling its fellowship support for writers engaged in deep reporting and complex journalism. By giving more journalists residencies and the possibility of exchanges in a multidisciplinary artistic community, we are helping them sustain their careers and plow new ground for quality reporting that can change the way we see the world.

The Art of Journalism is advancing MacDowell’s legacy of supporting some of the finest voices in non-fiction, from the essays of James Baldwin to Frances Fitzgerald’s investigations into the Vietnam War. More recently, journalists such as Sheri Fink, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nicholas Dawidoff, William Finnegan, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc have worked at the Colony early in their careers.

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There is not a separate application for this initiative. Journalists interested in applying should select the literature program and choose the nonfiction category. Please note long-form journalism on the project summary question on the application. For more information about the application process visit our Application FAQs or Apply here.

Read Shane Bauer’s latest reporting on private prisons in Mother Jones here.

For more information about the program, read about the Art of Journalism Initiative.

Shane Bauer finished writing a deeply reported article for <em>Mother Jones</em> magazine and worked on an investigative book project while he was at MacDowell in 2016.
Shane Bauer finished writing a deeply reported article for Mother Jones magazine and worked on an investigative book project while he was at MacDowell in 2016.

To apply as a journalist, visit this page.

To help support this important work, find out how you can contribute.

With the Art of Journalism Initiative, MacDowell is reaching deeper into the nonfiction community by forming relationships with magazines, publishers, media companies, and journalism schools. We envision that in three years, the Initiative will have helped bring more than 50 written works into the world—and more than 100 by 2020, reaching many millions of readers and strengthening journalists’ capacity to make future works and advance their careers. The goal is to invest $4.5 million in helping today’s groundbreaking writers develop their best work. The Calderwood Charitable Foundation has committed a lead gift of $1.5 million, including a $1 million challenge grant to endow 10 new journalism fellowships. As always, our fellowships will be awarded by a competitive application process.