Boston Review’s Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship  is designed to prepare and support a more diverse generation of  journalists, editors, and publishers.

The program  provides training, mentorship, networking opportunities, and workshops to amplify Black voices. With the guidance of Boston Review editors and professional mentors, fellows will develop projects to be published online or in print. These projects will take different forms depending on fellows’ interests—from writing a series of columns to curating a series of essays, designing forums, moderating live debates, and facilitating interviews.

The advisory board for the Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship includes:

      • Danielle Allen, Director of Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, lead investigator for Harvard’s Democratic Knowledge Project, and former chair of the Pulitzer Prize board

      • Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, and former editor-in-chief of the Chicago Tribune

      • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, regular contributor at the New Yorker, and author of the book Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

      • Brandon Terry, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and editor of the book, Fifty Years Since MLK


    Applications open in early spring. Fellowships run from September through May. Fellows will receive a $5,000 monthly stipend.

    The stipend does not come with benefits, and fellows are responsible for their taxes.

    To submit your application, visit  Submittable.


    Who is eligible to apply?

    The Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship recognizes aspiring media professionals who demonstrate an interest in exploring the publishing world and a commitment to enlarging the landscape of ideas in the media.

    A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required to apply. Established professionals should not apply.

    Previous editorial experience is helpful but not required. Most important is the clarity of a candidate’s vision for a publishing project and their career goals.

    Remote work will be considered.

    Learn more about our 2021-2022,  2022-2023, and 2023-2024 fellows.

    The Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship is funded by generous support from the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Boston Review readers.