Jonathan Tjarks Graduate Fellowship

The Jonathan Tjarks Graduate Fellowship is designed to hone the storytelling skills of a promising journalist who has graduated from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) by earning a Master of Arts degree.

“It’s just so competitive, so cutthroat, it’s like any extra you can get is worth it,” Jonathan said of the fellowship. “There are so many reporters, any little bit helps because, gosh, it feels like there’s 100 people for every one job.”

Created in Jonathan’s honor by the Bill Simmons Family Foundation, the fellowship is intended for a graduate student pursuing an education in longform storytelling, whether in print or digital mediums. Whoever is awarded the Jonathan Tjarks fellowship will also benefit from having Tjarks as a mentor.

Jonathan has written for The Ringer, an online hub for sportswriting and podcasting since 2016. He has previously been part of St. Mark’s award-winning high school journalism program in Dallas and interned for The Dallas Morning News.

Criteria

  • Applicants must meet graduate admission requirements for the School of Journalism and Media and  UT-Austin.
  • Preference shall be given for students who have graduated from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Successful applicants must demonstrate an interest in storytelling in print or audio in any journalistic beat.

Award Period, Benefits, and Expectations

$50,000 to cover tuition, housing, and incidentals for a graduate student pursuing an education in longform storytelling.

Application Instructions

  1. Apply to the Professional Track Master's Program in the School of Journalism and Media in the Moody College of Communication.
  2. In your Statement of Purpose, explain how the fellowship and M.A. degree will help you achieve your goals in storytelling.