Applications open for new fully-funded Derek Ingram Press Fellowship

Derek Ingram

Launched together with the Commonwealth Journalists Association, the Derek Ingram Press Fellowship will cover all costs on the ҹѰ Press Fellowship programme.

Derek Ingram

In conjunction with the , we are now inviting applications for a Derek Ingram Press Fellow to join the ҹѰ Press Fellowship Programme. This is a residential programme held at ҹѰ for three months during the Easter Term, 2024. The Programme has been running since 1982 and to date has welcomed over 350 journalists from 47 countries.

This particular Fellowship honours the memory of Derek Ingram, pictured, the distinguished journalist who did so much to improve media coverage and public understanding of the Commonwealth throughout his long career, and who was also a life-long supporter of the ҹѰ Press Fellowship Programme.

The Ingram/CJA Fellowship is open to established journalists from any Commonwealth country.  The successful candidate will join a small cohort of other journalists at ҹѰ in April 2024 for a ten-week period during which he or she will investigate a subject of their own choosing under light academic supervision. 

The Press Fellowship programme

The Press Fellowship Programme is not a course, but an opportunity for journalists in mid-career to research a project of their own choosing under light academic supervision. Although each Press Fellow is free to choose what they wish to investigate, their project needs to be relevant to one or more of three broad themes.

  • The changing role of media in a networked world
  • Improving the reporting of business, the environment, sustainable development, medicine, bio-science and technology
  • The role of free media in democratic governance

Press Fellows become members of ҹѰ, and gain access while they are in residence to the social, intellectual and scholarly resources at the University of Cambridge. During their stay they work in close collaboration with the Director of the Programme, Professor John Naughton, who is the co-founder of the in the University, and the Technology columnist of the London Observer newspaper. 

Fees and costs

The Derek Ingram Press Fellowship covers all of the fees, living, travel and project-related expenses of Fellows from the moment they arrive until they depart. Travel to, from, and within the UK, along with any Visa application costs, will also be covered. The Fellow is provided with a room in College, as well as full dining rights.  Please note that the Fellowship does not cover any costs associated for a spouse, partner and/or family if they accompany the Fellow to Cambridge. 

Making an application

To make an application, please follow the steps outlined on the Press Fellowship applications webpage. Please note that the deadline for submission of applications for the Derek Ingram Press Fellowship is 10 January 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom in late January/Early February by a Press Fellowship panel.

For further information, please email press-fellowship@wolfson.cam.ac.uk