We’re doubling our commitment to integrate journalists into our community of novelists, poets and memoirists. Check out these full fellowships for US and Mexican journalists to Under the Volcano 2019.



We all know that words matter. That’s why Under the Volcano exists. And now, more than ever, journalists are on the frontlines of the war on truth.

Building on Ginger Thompson‘s inaugural master class in investigative journalism, we’ve invited Pulitzer Prize winners David Barstow of the New York Times and Alejandra Xanic, of Mexico’s Quinto Elemento, to offer two side-by-side sessions in English and Spanish during Under the Volcano‘s 16th session next January, in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Conceived as an intense workout in the techniques and challenges of investigative journalism, the labs will meet separately to work on language-specific pieces and jointly to take advantage of Barstow’s and Xanic’s shared expertise.

Three full fellowships underscore our commitment to encouraging the next generation of investigative journalists from Mexico and the US.

These fellowships cover participation in one of the two core journalism labs, the two-week follow-up extension residency, 24 nights accommodation in Tepoztlán, and RT travel to and from Mexico City. Please note that fluent English is required of all candidates even if they write in Spanish.

The extended deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018. Apply now!

The Margot Adler Fellowship for Innovative Journalism

The Margot Adler Fellowship for Innovative Journalism, created to honor the extraordinary late NPR reporter, recognizes “a young working journalist whose commitment to contemporary issues would resonate with the life work of Margot Adler.” The recipient will join David Barstow‘s master class.

Requirements: the online application, a cover letter describing your reasons for applying, four published samples of your work totaling no more than 20 pages and two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.  Applicants must also provide proof that they are able to stay on through the entire two-week extension residency.

Winner to date: Marcos Martínez

The Robert L. Breen Fellowship for Mexican Journalists

The Robert L. Breen Fellowship for Mexican Journalists (two available), established by the descendants of a crusading mid-West newspaperman, recognizes Mexican journalists under 45 who would benefit from the opportunity to work on an extended piece without the pressure of daily reportage. The recipients will join Alejandra Xanic‘s master class.

Requisitos: nacionalidad mexicana, ser menor de 45 años de cualquier estado de la República, dos cartas de recomendación de colegas de alto nivel y/o de mentores y dos ejemplos de artículos o proyectos acreditados por el solicitante, junto con una carta que exponga los motivos por los cuales quiere participar en el programa. 

Winners to date: Celia Guerrero, Alicia Quiñones, Aranzazú Ayala y Dulce María Olvera

Recipients for all Under the Volcano fellowships are chosen by committee on the basis of their accomplishment and literary promise and are required to submit a concise statement of their goals for the program and beyond. All fellowship recipients are also required to submit a final report to the program director and to offer a public reading from their work during their time in Tepoztlán.

Fellowship awards will be announced by October 10, 2018.

Under the Volcano, a multi-faceted program of writing master classes that convenes every January in Tepoztlán, Mexico, aims to bring each writer’s voice to the next level with a little help from our award-winning faculty that spans the English-speaking and Hispanic worlds.

We encourage applications from talented writers of all ages and backgrounds. Please help us get the word out.

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