In 2007, in response to cutbacks at major news organizations, the Investigative Reporting Program established the first postgraduate fellowships in investigative reporting in the nation. This yearlong program is without peer at any academic institution. It’s designed to enable journalists with a proven ability to tell complex stories in the public interest to pursue a story for one year by providing them with a salary, benefits, editorial guidance, and a $10,000 research stipend that can be used for travel, equipment, documents and other expenses relevant to work on the project. The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists, but preference is given to graduates of UC Berkeley’s master’s program in journalism.
The 2019-20 fellowships were awarded to Jameka Autry, Lucas Guilkey and Rachel Witte.
NOTE: The 2020-21 IRP Fellowship program has been suspended due to a campus-wide hiring freeze.