Press Club Fellowship Program


 The St. Louis Press Club Fellowship program awards fellowships to print, radio, television, and online journalists (including freelancers) to research and report on enterprise stories about the St. Louis metropolitan region, with a particular focus on the issues and communities in our civic life that would not otherwise be reported. Awards of up to $10,000 will be given to journalists to cover travel and research expenses relating to a specific project of their choice for publication, broadcast, or online posting.




  • Program open to journalists, as well as freelancers, working for local news organizations with target audiences in the metro St. Louis area.
  • Priority will be given to projects unlikely to be undertaken or completed without this funding, which have a high likelihood of being published and/or aired and which have considerable local impact.
  • Projects should be local or regional in focus but may include a national or international scope.
  • Fellow's news organization will be actively encouraged to supplement the fellowship award.
  • Applicants must submit a budget outline broadly defining the costs associated with their proposed project, noting which parts of their project would require funding from the fellowship. The outline should list the categories associated with the cost of the project such as labor, travel (air, train, car), accommodation, meals, production, translation, editing, telephone, and/or project materials and provide an estimated cost for each category.
  • Projects that require less than the maximum $10,000 that can be awarded will receive special attention.




  • Either full-time working journalists working for local news organizations or freelancers,who live or work in the area, may apply for the fellowship.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • Current Press Club board members and enterprise journalism committee members are not eligible.  Former members must be off the board for at least a year before they may submit a proposal.


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  • Fellows are selected by a committee of St. Louis Press Club board
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals within xx days of receipt
  • Published projects will be linked from the St. Louis Press Club website.