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Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship

The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship provides an unrivalled opportunity for an exceptional early career journalist: a nine-month fellowship with Durham University and Reuters to undertake an investigative project. The Fellow will be mentored by top Reuters editors while having access to Durham’s academics and research resources and will be given the opportunity to develop rigorous, fact-based research and reporting skills.

The Fellow will pursue the project from inside a Reuters newsroom  in London, New York, or Toronto with the additional support of colleagues in Durham’s Institute of Advanced Studies. The Fellow will deliver a public seminar at the IAS, sharing their learnings from the Fellowship and supporting the understanding of journalism at the University. The inaugural Sir Harry Evans Fellow, Waylon Cunningham, was part of a Reuters investigative team which won a 2024 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

The Fellowship has a monthly salary of c.£4,444 per month (equivalent to a pro-rata salary of c.£53,333 per year). In addition, there is a £1,250 per month living stipend and a one-off payment of £1,800 for travel and related expenses.

Where the successful applicant is an existing employee of a news or media organisation and takes a period of leave to pursue the Fellowship, Durham University will pay up to a maximum of £12,000 to their current employer to cover temporary staff costs, subject to specific terms and conditions.

Fellowship selection criteria

Qualified applicants should have between two-and five-years’ professional journalism experience. Where a prospective applicant is not currently a journalist but has worked in an investigative reporting capacity in a related professional field (for example: leading human rights or other socio-political publications and campaigns; working as an author or researcher on authoritative investigative work; or developing in-field photo-or video-research projects, documentaries, or exhibitions) applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Sir Harry Evans Fellowship is a global opportunity, and we welcome applications from all eligible candidates, regardless of their current location. We encourage applications from members of groups which are under-represented in journalism.

The city of placement will be at the discretion of the Fellowship Committee and the successful candidate will need to meet applicable immigration requirements.

AI-generated proposals will be disqualified.

Applications for the 2025 Fellowship open at 9am (BST) on 15 May, please submit your application here. 

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In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out.

Sir Harry Evans
Economics, University College, 1952, Durham University

I know that Harry would have wanted to hire Waylon in a heartbeat. He has all the makings of an outstanding career in journalism and the fellowship will greatly extend his range and experience.

Tina Brown CBE
Acclaimed journalist and Sir Harry’s widow
Sir Harry Evans was a giant of journalism and an inspiration to those who worked with him. We hope that, through this initiative, Reuters can help support a diverse new generation of investigative journalists and newsroom leaders. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Durham University to champion independent journalism, nurture emerging talent and celebrate Sir Harry’s remarkable legacy.

Alessandra Galloni
Reuters Editor-in-Chief
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Meet Waylon Cunningham our first Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow in Investigative Journalism

Texan journalist Waylon Cunningham is our first recipient of the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism. The fellowship is funded by the Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund, a partnership between Tina Brown MBE and her family, Reuters and Durham University.

How to apply
Sir Harry Evans and former Secretary of State John Kerry


Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider. We are deeply proud to partner with Reuters on this landmark global initiative in honour of Sir Harry, who was their Editor-at-Large.

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