17.09.2018

Call for Applications: The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship – In Honour of Preben Munthe

The Fritt Ord Foundation funds half a year of study and research in Oxford for a Norwegian journalist. The fellowship will be given to a journalist ordinarily resident in Norway. The fellow will spend six months at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, commencing January 2019.

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 September, 2018 at noon.

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship for journalists funded by the Fritt Ord Foundation. This gives an unique opportunity for Norwegian journalists to benefit from a funded fellowship at the University of Oxford.

The Journalism Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is aimed at journalists with suitable experience from around the world whose professional work would be enhanced by a period of reflection, research and intellectual exchange with other journalists in Oxford. The Fellowship Programme has run for over 30 years and has a network of over 500 alumni from 93 countries.

Applications should be made in English and submitted to the Fritt Ord Foundation by e-mail to: hanne.vorland@frittord.no.

RISJ Application Form 2018 (pdf)

The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellow will spend two terms (from mid-January to mid-July) in Oxford based at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, where they join a diverse group of journalists from other parts of the world. The fellows attend regular seminars each week and occasional special lectures relating to journalism, and they are encouraged to attend other academic and social events at Oxford University. During their stay in the UK arrangements are also made for the fellows to visit several major media organisations such as Thomson Reuters and the BBC. 

In addition, the fellows undertake a study project on a topic of their choice, leading to the completion of a 6,000-8,000 word paper at the end of their stay. Each fellow is assigned an academic advisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the Fritt Ord Journalism Fellow’s chosen area, for the purpose of this project. To be considered, applicants are asked to submit a proposal which gives details of the proposed research topic related to media of a country. There is a minimum requirement of 5 years’ professional journalistic experience, but exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered. In order to take full advantage of the excellent facilities of the Institute and of Oxford University, evidence of a good working knowledge of spoken and written English is also required. All Institute and University/College fees will be paid by the Fellowship, and the fellows will also receive their travel costs and a modest stipend to cover housing and living expenses directly from the Fritt Ord Foundation. 

For questions, please contact Hanne Vorland at hanne.vorland@frittord.no.


For additional information, please go to: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism


Preben Munthe (1922-2013) chaired the Fritt Ord Foundation from 1981 to 2000. As professor of economics, state mediator and chair of private companies and government commissions, Munthe was for many years a prominent personality in Norway.

The Fritt Ord Foundation, The New York Review of Books Foundation and the Russian online journal of politics and culture Colta.ru invite the public to the international conference ‘Russia Under Putin’ on Thursday, 29 November 2018 at Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

To register your attendance, please e-mail: russiaunderputin@frittord.no

Poetry reading with the Russian poets Lev Rubinstein, Kirill Medvedev and Maria Stepanova. Moderation by Sasha Dugdale. The event will take place at Litteraturhuset / The Oslo House of Literature, on Thursday 29 November at 9 p.m.

Hosted by The Fritt Ord Foundation, The New York Review of Books Foundation and the Russian online journal Colta.Ru.

The Fritt Ord Foundation, The New York Review of Books Foundation, the Russian online journal of politics and culture Colta.ru and Oslo Documentary Cinema invite the public to a joint pop-up exhibition and film screening exploring contemporary Russia.