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|Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:21 pm Post subject: Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism 4/30
|Journalists Invited to Apply for Rosalynn Carter Fellowships
for Mental Health Journalism
Deadline: April 20, 2009
The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism provide stipends to journalists to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses. The fellowship program seeks to increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and reduce incorrect, stereotypical information.
The program annually awards six U.S. fellows stipends of $10,000 each to complete a mental health project of their choosing. Inter- national fellows from select countries (South Africa, Romania, and New Zealand) are awarded a comparable stipend. Stipends cover expenses during the fellowship project, including travel, materials, and other incidental costs. Each fellow is matched with a Journal- ism Fellowship Advisory Board member who will serve as a mentor, provide technical assistance and information about complex mental health issues, and share professional contacts within their field of expertise. In addition, fellows interact with each other, with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and with members of the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force.
Fellows make two expense-paid visits to the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in September, at the beginning and end of the fellowship year. Fellows will present their completed projects during the second visit. Each visit lasts three days. Projects do not require fellows to leave their jobs.
Fellows are encouraged to select topics for their projects that are unique and creative. Recent topics have included exploring the roles impulsivity and mental illness play in contributing to suicides in the United States, the gaps in access to health care among young adults who have mental illnesses, and the difficul- ties and special skills needed to deliver mental health services to a multiethnic population.
To be eligible, applicants must have at least three years of experience in print or electronic journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking).
Complete program information and application procedures are available at the Carter Center Web site.