About the Fellowship
Announced in 2013, the Egan Journalism Fellowship was created by Catholic Relief Services to recognize journalists who demonstrate excellence in their reporting for Catholic media and to encourage them to increase their coverage of poverty and development issues overseas.
Journalists working for Catholic print, broadcast, online and social media, as well as photographers and photo journalists, are eligible. A CRS selection committee, in collaboration with an independent committee of prominent secular and Catholic journalists, will select the Egan Journalism Fellows from the pool of applicants. Selections will be based on the applicants' ability to clearly articulate their interest in the fellowship and demonstrate how the experience will enrich their work.
The fellowship program succeeds the annual Egan Award for Journalistic Excellence competition, named after Eileen Egan, CRS' first professional staff layperson, who devoted four decades of her life to assisting refugees and helping the poor in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The new format builds on the Egan Award competition's aim to foster increased international reporting in Catholic media, and to educate members of the Catholic community in the United States about their role in living a life of solidarity with others.
The recipients of the Egan Journalism Fellowship will be announced to Catholic media across the United States at the annual Catholic Media Conference.