Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship

The Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship is taking a hiatus this year. Please check back in early 2021 for information on the fellowship.

In the meantime, congratulations to former Chronister fellow Victoria Petersen, who won a first place award for education reporting from the Alaska Press Club for her article, “A Perennial Challenge in Rural Alaska: Getting and Keeping Teachers.” The article, one of three “Letters From Alaska” produced during her fellowship, was published jointly last year by Education Week and the Peninsula Clarion newspaper in Alaska.

About the Fellowship:

Editorial Projects in Education Inc. (EPE) is pleased to offer the Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship, which is awarded annually to an enterprising journalist in support of a reporting project that illuminates a significant issue in pre-K-12 education.

The fellowship is meant to honor and reflect the now-retired Gregory M. Chronister, who helped lead Education Week as executive editor for 11 years, and as managing editor, associate editor, and Commentary editor for 21 years before that. Greg was known for his commitment to producing balanced, thorough, high-quality reporting that could improve American education, and for his keen eye on journalistic detail and big-picture context.

The kindness and humanity that Greg showed his colleagues in the workplace have deeply informed Education Week’s journalism, which combines independent, incisive coverage with a belief in the critical importance of a civil discourse around highly contested issues of pre-K-12 policy and practice.

Fellowship Overview

The Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship each year supports a recipient who undertakes a significant enterprising or investigative journalism project that promises to inform and educate the field and the public about a timely and important issue for pre-K-12 education. The fellowship, which is intended to be completed while the recipient continues his or her regular employment, provides financial support of up to $10,000.

The fellow may examine an issue from a national (U.S.) perspective or from a local or state perspective, as long as the topic has broader implications for American education. Projects with an international focus are also eligible if they can point clearly to implications or lessons for the United States.

The fellow is expected to produce a deeply reported investigative or enterprise package or series of stories that spotlights a pre-K-12 topic through a combination of interviews, site visits, background briefings, the use of databases and academic literature, and/or the fellow’s original data reporting. Topics are at the discretion of applicants but will be considered, in part, according to how well they contribute to Education Week’s own coverage of the field.

Education Week will publish the completed work across its media platforms, as appropriate, upon acceptance by the editors. The work may be co-published, in whole or in part, by the fellow’s regular employer or freelance outlet.


Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal through the online application form. Please review the Details and Schedule pages prior to submitting your application.