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 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

Learn more about past cohorts of fellows here: 2021–2022, 2022–2023, and 2023–2024.

The Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship is currently funded with generous support from the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Boston Review readers. To make a tax-deductible donation, please go here.


Applications open in early spring. Fellowships run from September 1 through May 31. Fellows will receive a $5,000 monthly stipend.

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

Who Is Eligible?

The Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship recognizes aspiring media professionals who demonstrate an interest in a career in 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.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our Submittable page: