California Health Equity Fellowship

Upcoming fellowship dates

Fellowship week: March 11-14, 2024

Deadline to apply

December 10, 2023


Our California Fellowship is designed to support reporters in the Golden State pursuing ambitious, enterprising projects on overlooked health and health equity issues. You decide what stories need to be told in your community to improve health outcomes and we work to support you. 

Fellows join us for a busy week of in-person training and discussion on the USC Annenberg campus, where they learn from nationally renowned health experts, policy analysts and community health leaders, from top journalists in the field, and from each other.  That’s followed by ongoing mentoring and virtual meetings to support Fellows across the finish line. 

Our program places strong emphasis on the ways in which environmental and community conditions can influence how long and how well we live. The program helps fellows craft projects that engage communities from the start, and shares hard-won insights on how to land big projects that deliver maximum impact on the health and well-being of communities.

Admitted Fellows receive:

  • A $2,000-$10,000 grant to help with reporting costs
  • A week of in-person intensive training
  • Five months of professional mentorship

Fellows also are eligible to apply for five months of professional mentorship in engaged journalism and $1,000-$2,000 to support those creative efforts.

Reporting themes we support

We embrace a broad view of health, which doesn’t just happen at doctors' offices and hospitals. Health is shaped by our environment — our schools, our neighborhoods and our communities. We strive to admit Fellows whose work reflects that.

Here are a few broad reporting themes we support in Fellowship proposals:

  • Systemic racism and root causes of health inequities
  • Domestic violence as a public health issue
  • School-to-prison pipeline as a health issue
  • Social determinants of health 
  • Whether our justice system, our schools and health systems serve all Californians – and who is left out or disproportionately harmed
  • Systemic barriers to health tied to race, poverty, and economic opportunity

How to apply

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