2023 Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship Grant

This grant awards funds to current AAJA members in pursuit of professional development. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted into a professional development program. 

Eligibility and Rules

  • Current dues-paying AAJA member
  • Demonstrate leadership potential, or currently hold a management position
  • Must have a serious interest in continuing pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Candidates must commit to submitting a post for the AAJA website at the end of their training experience that highlights how the fellowship advanced them along their career path.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your acceptance into a professional development program
  • A brief statement describing your financial need
  • In 500 words or less, describe your career goals and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINES: 

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on April 1, 2023 and October 1, 2023.

Grants are distributed on a rolling basis. Complete the application at least 3 weeks before payment is due for the program or event you plan on attending. All required materials must be received by the deadline to be considered. 

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship Grant in the subject line. 

2023 William Woo Print/Digital News Internship Grant

This grant supports AAPIs pursuing journalism careers in print or digital news students who have secured a summer internship. The $2,000 grant is to defray living costs during the internship.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Must be committed to AAJA’s mission
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing print or digital journalism as a career
  • Must have already secured a summer internship at a print or digital news outlet before applying
  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • This stipend must be used toward living and transportation expenses during the internship. The selected candidate will sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging this.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your internship
  • A brief statement of financial need
  • Answer the following question: In 500 words or less, state why you want to pursue a career in print or digital journalism, what you hope to gain from your internship experience, and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on March 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 Stanford Chen Internship Grant

This internship grant awards $2,000 to college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have secured an internship at a news outlet. Students from the Pacific Northwest or who attend a Northwest college or university are especially encouraged to apply, though a Northwest connection alone does not determine who receives a grant. Applicants who will be interning at small to medium sized outlets will receive priority.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university
  • Must have secured a summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend must be used for living expenses and/or transportation during your internship and may not be used for any college expenses. Grantees will be required to sign an agreement acknowledging this.
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Must be an active AAJA member. 

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your summer internship
  • A brief statement describing your financial need
  • In 500 words or less, answer these questions: What kind of experience do you expect as an intern. Describe your career goals and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on March 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 Sam Chu Lin and Lloyd LaCuesta Broadcast Internship Grants

A) One internship grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded to a student broadcaster in honor of the late Sam Chu Lin. This grant is open to journalists working in local TV news.  B) One grant in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring male television broadcaster from the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund. This internship grant of $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring AAPI male television broadcaster who has secured a summer internship at a local TV news station. The funds are to help pay for expenses related to the internship.

Applicants may apply to both grants if they meet eligibility requirements for both grants.

Eligibility and Rules:

  • Must be a full-time college student or a recent graduate who has graduated within the last year.
  • Must have secured a summer internship before applying.
  • The stipend must be used for living expenses and/or transportation during your internship. Grantees will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging this.
  • Must be a current AAJA student member.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter verifying your internship
  • A brief statement explaining your financial need
  • Answer to this question: In 250 words or less, state why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, what you hope to gain from your internship experience, and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about Sam Chu Lin and Lloyd LaCuesta, and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on March 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a graduating high school senior who will be attending community college, junior college, college or university in the fall. The student must plan on taking journalism courses or pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Must be committed to AAJA's mission
  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • Must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career, and a commitment to community involvement.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Work samples (optional)
  • Brief statement of financial need
  • In 500 words or less, answer this question: Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, propose how you would contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving AAPI communities.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website


DEADLINE:
The application deadline is 11:59 PT on January 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 NBC News Summer Fellowship

The Asian American Journalists Association is pleased to announce our continued partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal for the NBC News Summer Fellows Program!

The AAJA/NBC News Summer Fellowship gives students real world experience and exposure to one of the world's leading News divisions, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. NBCUniversal will offer fellows the opportunity to join one of the following NBC programs or platforms for summer 2023 as interns:

  • America's #1 morning news program, The Today Show
  • The top ranked evening program, Nightly News with Lester Holt
  • Our primetime long form news program, Dateline
  • Our 24 cable news channel, MSNBC
  • Our top rated business news cable channel, CNBC
  • Our digital organization, including NBC News Now

The fellows selected will receive $16.50 an hour, plus overtime (over 40 hours per week) for 10 weeks during the summer. NBCUniversal will offer a $2,000 housing or technology stipend. The housing stipend is available for candidates who reside outside a 50 mi. radius from our Tri-State Area offices. The stipend will be provided for technology upgrades should we hold remote internships (see below note regarding COVID-19).
Production experience is preferred, but not required.
All the internships are located in 30 Rockefeller Center, with the exception of the placements at CNBC, which are located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Transportation is provided to Englewood Cliffs, NJ from various location in Manhattan and Brooklyn (see below note regarding COVID-19).
The start date of the program is in early June, 2023. If your academic schedule impedes your ability to start on this date, alternatives can be discussed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • Students must be willing to live in New York City or its environs for the duration of the internship. (see below note regarding COVID-19).
  • Must be enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student
  • Must major in journalism or a communications discipline
  • GPA of 3.0 or above is desired
  • Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US without holding a VISA or sponsorship
  • Recent graduates will not be considered.

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Essay Question: In 150-200 words, state why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and what you hope to gain from the internship experience.
  • School Transcript
  • 1  Letter of Reference

COVID 19: During this time, we ask that all applicants bear with us as we determine the best avenue for hosting Summer Fellows this upcoming Summer. We are awaiting information and developments about the state of the pandemic that will enable us to decide whether the internship will be held remotely or in person at our offices in 30 Rockefeller Plaza or at Englewood Cliffs. We will continue to keep applicants posted as we make decisions about our Summer programs.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 pm PT on February 28, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 AAJA Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship awards $1,500 to a student journalist for an insightful and articulate essay related to Vincent Chin’s life, death and legacy.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a current AAJA student member
  • Demonstrate a commitment to AAJA’s mission in the answer to the essay question
  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories
  • Must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career
  • Applicants must demonstrate the following:    
    • journalistic excellence by submitting current works (digital, photography, video/audio), and
    • a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career
    • a commitment to community involvement.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Work samples
  • Brief statement outlining financial need
  • Answer one of the following essay questions:
  1. Could it happen again? The attack on Vincent Chin occurred during a time in which Asians, specifically Japanese, were blamed for U.S. unemployment. People literally bashed Japanese cars with sledgehammers. Video and photos of such acts were shown in the news media. Few people connected them to potential attacks on real people. Does symbolic violence make it more acceptable to attack people? Does this climate exist against other people today? What can be done?
  2. How are Asian Americans one people? Asian Americans overcame many differences in rallying together to seek justice after Vincent Chin’s killing. They came from different cultures and language backgrounds. They brought histories of being foes as often as being allies. In the Detroit area, though, they decided that an attack on a Chinese American man, assumed to be Japanese, was a danger and an injustice to all. They united in protest. Some call this the start of a pan-Asian consciousness in the United States. How does life in the United States make people from so many nationalities one group?
  3. Protest or conform? Some Asian Americans were reluctant to join the Vincent Chin cause. They had been pursuing success by getting along in the mainstream. Some had been acculturated to not make trouble or call attention to themselves. Yet a group of people began writing letters, visiting the media and protesting in the streets. This question about whether to protest or conform comes to every one of us. Although the stakes are not as high as justice over the death of a young man, we are all confronted at work or in other groups to decide: When and how do you make a stand?
  4. Who was Lily Chin? The Vincent Chin trials paint the portrait of a mother in anguish. We frequently ask who was Vincent Chin or who killed him. The emergence of his mother as a strong voice is a compelling story too. Describe her life and her legacy.


To find more information about the scholarship and about Vincent Chin, visit our website. Read some past examples of Vincent Chin essays on AAJA Defined.

DEADLINE:
The application deadline is 11:59 PT on January 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an AAJA student member
  • Must be a current college student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • School transcript
  • Proof of identification
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Work samples
  • A brief statement explaining financial need
  • Answers to the following questions:    
    • Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, propose how you would contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving the AAPI community.
    • In 500 words, what do you hope to gain from a mentorship with a White House press corps member?
    • If you could ask any question at a White House Press briefing, what would you ask and why?

To learn more, visit our website


DEADLINE: 

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on January 15, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 ABC News / Alexa Valiente Memorial Summer Internship

Eligibility and Rules

  • A junior or senior currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class or a graduate, in the last six months, from an accredited college or university
  • Active AAJA student member
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Previous internship experience, either print or broadcast
  • Some experience related to social media
  • Must be eligible to work in the US

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • A 150-200 word statement that explains why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and what you hope to gain from an internship at ABC News
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Recent transcript
  • Work samples

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.


DEADLINE: 

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on February 28, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

The Asian American Journalists Association's Sports Task Force is pleased to offer several scholarship and fellowship opportunities for enrolled college students and young professionals to support their pursuit of careers in sports journalism and media.


The mission of the AAJA Sports Task Force is to elevate the voices of Asian Americans in sports and support aspiring Asian American sports journalists across multiple media platforms through mentorship and financial opportunities.

AAJA membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipient. For membership, please apply online at aaja.org/join.

This form can be used to apply to any or all of the following AAJA STF opportunities.

Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship


The awardee will receive $2,000 in honor of Al Young, a longtime member and ardent supporter of AAJA who is an Asian American pioneer in sports media and is dedicated to empowering the voices of Asian American journalists. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Al Young.
The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.


About Al Young
Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily newspaper. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. While with the Register, he also wrote a weekly column that was the first in the country focusing on national and local personalities and trends in women’s sports. Young’s career spans more than four decades. He was a writer and editor at the Boston Globe, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the New Haven (CT) Register and Bridgeport (CT) Post-Telegram. In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.” He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter. Retiring in 2013 from the Boston Globe, Young is currently the advisor to the student newspaper at Quincy College in Massachusetts.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States
  • Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • The selected scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force
  • The winner must use the scholarship funds to directly support or advance their education. Potential expenses include tuition, room and board, textbooks or other course equipment or materials. The recipient must follow up with the Sports Task Force within 60 days of receipt of the scholarship to identify how they spent the funds

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Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Fellowship

Two awardees — a current college student and a young professional — pursuing sports journalism and media as a career will receive $750 each to pitch and produce a print, digital, audio or visual story about Asian Americans in sports, plus free registration for the annual AAJA National Convention. The Sports Task Force will work with recipients to get the stories published at an outlet. The grants are made possible thanks to an annual donation by Don Yee of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.


The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of their unique and compelling story pitch, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.


About Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee
Like many Chinese immigrants, Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee immigrated to the U.S. once China fell under Communist rule. They settled in Sacramento and worked hard to create a new life for themselves and their young family. They endured many hardships, but they envisioned and achieved a better future for themselves and their children. They were proud of their heritage as Chinese. One of the important values they taught their children was to be sympathetic to the plight, journey, and struggle of others. Just as the Yees received help from others, it was their wish to return their good fortune by helping other Asians striving to achieve their dreams.
About Don Yee
Donald H. Yee is a partner and founder of Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC., a sports management consulting firm that represents some of the nation’s leading professional athletes, coaches and broadcasters. Yee, a graduate of UCLA and the University of Virginia School of Law, also is a frequent speaker and writer on sports-related issues. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California law school and a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must pitch a story they can realistically produce with their resources and time
  • Unique stories that humanize Asian Americans in sports are highly preferred
  • Pitches can include stories that are local, regional or national

For currently enrolled students:

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States
  • Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

For young professionals:

  • Applicants must have graduated from a community college or university, including graduate school, located in the United States within the past five (5) years.
  • Applicants must be currently and actively pursuing sports journalism as a career

The selected fellowship winners must follow through with their story pitches as well as commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.

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Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship


A sports broadcast journalist who has less than three years of professional experience will receive $2,000 to support career pursuits in honor of Michael Kim, the godfather of AAJA's Sports Task Force and a pioneer for Asian Americans in sports broadcast journalism. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Michael Kim.


The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.


About Michael Kim
Michael Kim is a groundbreaking anchor who opened doors for the Asian community at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Kim was an anchor at SportsCenter for 17 years and was one of the original anchors who launched the innovate ESPNNews.
Kim now works as the anchor of The Stadium on Marquee Sports Network. Prior to ESPN, Kim won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Show - Daily. Kim is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Kim has been a proud member of AAJA for years and is a Sports Task Force legend who has supported the group from its inception.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must work in the broadcast sports industry in some form, either as on-camera talent or behind-the-scenes producer
  • Applicants must be within three years of college graduation and/or in their first television market
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • The selected scholarship winner must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force


FOR ALL APPLICATIONS

Winners will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ALL SPORTS TASK FORCE OPPORTUNITIES: Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.

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