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Media Fellowships


Vanderbilt University invites journalists from throughout the country to participate in media fellowships. Vanderbilt limits the number of journalists, anywhere from 9 to 14, so each fellowship can be an intimate give and take among the reporters and experts. More than 110 journalists have come to the University to study various topics in depth and to interact with leading scholars and experts. Those topics have ranged from E-Commerce to The Silent Epidemic: Violence Against Women to The African American Experience in Post Civil Rights America. Many of the fellowships were co-sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


More than 125 Vanderbilt faculty and staff have participated in past media fellowships. Vanderbilt also has brought in more than 70 people from outside organizations. University News and Communications’ goal is to get the best people possible for the media fellowships.


Journalists from more than 25 states and almost 65 cities have taken part in the fellowships. Media outlets represented include USA Today, CNN, CBS Evening News, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, ABC-TV, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” National Public Radio, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chronicle of Higher Education, People Magazine, St. Louis Times-Dispatch, The Tennessean, the Associated Press and Reuters to name a few.


Most of the media fellowships last three to four days with sessions lasting an hour to two hours depending on the number of panelists. The experts set up the topic and the journalists get ample time to ask questions. When appropriate, field trips are arranged.

Current Fellowship

Vanderbilt University encourages active journalists to apply to attend its 2010 media fellowship “Securing Our Future: Energy Solutions and the Environment,” May 19-21, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. Learn more >

Past Fellowships

  • Meth Rescue: Meth’s effects on children, families and the foster care system, 2007
  • Autism: Rates, Causes and Treatment, 2005
  • The Silent Epidemic: Violence Against Women, 2002
  • The African American Experience in Post Civil Rights America, 2001
  • The Role of Religion in Contemporary Society, 2000
  • E-Commerce, 2000 (Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the National Press Foundation)
  • Technology in Education, 1999
  • The Culture of the South, 1999
  • E-Commerce, 1999
  • Welfare Reform: Seeking Solutions for the 21st Century, 1998
  • Past, Present and Future of Black Churches, 1998
  • Strengthening America’s Youth, 1998
  • Space Ties with NASA, 1997

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