The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Post Graduate Writing Fellowship
The mission of the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Post Graduate Writing Fellowship is to support the next generation of writers for the Catholic media and other forms of professional journalism. The fellowship offers three recent graduates of Jesuit colleges or universities in the United States or Canada the opportunity to develop their literary skills and professional relationships while living and working in the capital of global communications, New York City. O’Hare fellows spend one full year working at the offices of America Media, where they will generate content for America’s multiple platforms: print, web, digital, social media and events. O’Hare fellows enjoy a rich personal and professional experience through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities. Fellows meet regularly with America’s editorial staff, including James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America and a New York Times best-selling author, in order to cultivate their skills and professional networks. At the conclusion of the program, O’Hare fellows are uniquely suited to pursue successful careers in the Catholic media or other forms of professional journalism. O’Hare fellows receive housing at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, health care coverage and a monthly stipend for living expenses during the 12 months of the program. The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Post Graduate Writing Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, Fordham University’s College of Business Administration, Class of 1961, and a member of America Media’s board of directors.
About Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J.
The O’Hare Fellowship is a program of America Media and is co-sponsored by Fordham University. The fellowship is named in honor of Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., who was editor in chief of America (1975-84) and president of Fordham University (1984-2003). Born in the Bronx in 1931, Joseph A. O’Hare attended Regis High School in New York City prior to entering the Society of Jesus in 1949. He trained for the priesthood primarily while stationed at Ateneo de Manila University, where he was ordained in 1961. He returned to the Ateneo and served as a professor there from 1967 to 1972, earning a doctorate from Fordham University in 1968. In 1972, Father O’Hare was named associate editor of America. He assumed the role of editor in chief in 1975. The youngest editor in chief at that time, Father O’Hare served at America until 1984, when he was appointed the 32nd president of Fordham University. While president of Fordham, Father O’Hare served on a number of civic boards, including Edward I. Koch’s Mayor’s Committee on Appointments, and was the first chairman of the City’s Campaign Finance Board, a role he filled between 1988 and 2003. After serving 19 years as president of Fordham, the longest tenure in the institution’s history, Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., retired in 2003 and became once again an associate editor of America. After his retirement from Fordham and in addition to his work at America, Father O’Hare also served one year as president of his alma mater, Regis High School. Father O’Hare now resides at Murray-Weigel Hall, adjacent to Fordham University in the Bronx.
- Applicants must be graduating seniors from a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities or Campion College at the University of Regina, Canada.
- If a graduate from Campion College is accepted, then the necessary visas will be applied for at that time.
- Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
- Applicants should be familiar with the Roman Catholic tradition and have some appreciation for the role of the Catholic media in the United States and Canada.
- Applicants must be willing to make a 12-month commitment to the program.
Applications for the 2016 O’Hare fellowships will be accepted between Dec. 1, 2015 and Jan. 30, 2016. There is no application fee. Applications should be submitted through our Submittable system. All questions and inquiries should be directed to [email protected]. All applications should include the following:
- A letter of introduction and a resume
- Four writing samples. Samples can include newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts and unpublished pieces. Samples should not exceed 1,500 words each.
- An unofficial academic transcript issued by the applicant’s undergraduate institution (To be issued to America Media at 106 W. 56th St., New York City, NY 10019).
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member or a professional journalist who is familiar with the applicant’s literary talents.
- A description of three story ideas for America: 1) a self-reported feature or essay; 2) an article on an important debate from the world of politics, policy or ideas; 3) a multimedia story. The description of each of these ideas should not be longer than one paragraph.
- Jan. 30, 2016: Application deadline.
- February 2016: Review of applications and notification of first round decisions.
- March 2016: Online interviews with finalists; fellows announced.
- August 2016: Fellowship commences.