Call for applicants for Journalist Fellowship

Deadline: 7 June 2018


The Friends Provident Foundation Journalist Fellowship 2018 is now open, its re-launch cementing the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to support and widely communicate new ideas about how we can build a fair and more resilient economy to drive a better world.


This year’s Fellowship is open to established UK journalists, writers, documentary makers and digital media professionals. The successful applicant will receive financial and editorial support over one year to produce a body of work that communicates alternative, economically coherent ideas in an engaging way. Outline proposals are expected to address one or more themes or questions that are relevant to the Foundation’s programme.


Watch this short video to find out more about the Journalist Fellowship.


The Journalist Fellowship 2018 follows hot on the heels of the successful publication earlier this year of The Growth Delusion, a thought-provoking book written by the first recipient of our Fellowship,  David Pilling. In The Growth Delusion, author and prize-winning journalist David Pilling explores how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work. And he offers a series of suggestions for how we can embrace better yardsticks to measure a happier, more sustainable world. Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, called the book “A witty guide to the essential question: what is economic growth for and how can it be harnessed to improve the lives of people in poor countries as well as rich ones”.


The Fellowship will be awarded by a panel of trustees and their advisors in June 2018. The Foundation will provide ongoing support throughout the project and will work with the successful applicant to disseminate the final work to a wide audience. The closing date for applications is  noon on Thursday 7 June 2018, followed by interviews with a panel of judges for shortlisted candidates on Monday 18 June 2018 in central London. The successful candidate will have maximum of a year to produce the work.


For more information on how to apply please read the application brief here.


Follow @FProvFoundation on Twitter and use the hashtag #JournalistFellowship2018