Carey Institute Nonfiction Program Opens Applications for Fall 2016 Class of Fellows


Program seeks diverse applicant pool of longform journalists working in all media

RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y.—Creators of longform nonfiction from across the globe are now invited to apply to the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Fall 2016 Nonfiction Program. For a period of two to 12 weeks, the Carey Institute Nonfiction Program supports writers, documentary filmmakers, photographers and multimedia journalists in quiet retreat in the bucolic mountains of Upstate New York.

As one of the only residencies in the United States that focuses exclusively on longform nonfiction, the Carey Institute is committed to accepting fellows whose work bravely engages in the most pressing issues of our time. The Carey Institute is particularly interested in receiving applications from longform journalists working on socially relevant political, health, environmental, human rights and justice topics.

The Carey Institute provides fellows with lodging at its 100-acre estate in the historic village of Rensselaerville, N.Y., as well as meals, workspace and technological support free of charge. In addition, the Carey Institute works to connect accepted fellows with publication outlets, helping to disseminate their works to the widest possible audiences. Fellows are also welcome to share their drafts for mentoring with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Josh Friedman. Documentary filmmakers can receive feedback from Peabody Award winning director and editor Sam Pollard, Frontline executive producer Raney Aronson and Emmy Award winner Tom Jennings.

“We’ve been honored to support a truly impressive group of talented fellows this past year and we look forward to accepting applications of similar merit,” said Josh Friedman, Nonfiction Program advisory board member and Carey Institute vice-chair. “We want to cast a wide net and we encourage journalists from all backgrounds and with all sorts of projects in mind to apply.”

The Carey Institute Nonfiction Program places emphasis on assembling a diverse group of fellows.

Previous nonfiction fellows include New Yorker reporter Rania Abouzeid, who is writing a book about the Syrian uprising; Daniel Ellsberg, the legendary whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971; Ewald Scharfenberg, a Venezuelan-based reporter for Spanish daily El Pais who played a key role in probing and breaking the Panama Papers; David Zucchino, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter telling the story of the long-lasting effects of the 1898 armed overthrow of a North Carolina city government by Klansman; and Caitlin McNally, a veteran Frontline documentary filmmaker working on a multimedia profile of polar explorer and climate change activist Robert Swan. A full list of Carey Nonfiction alumni can be found here:

Selections for the Carey Institute Nonfiction Program are based on the talent, quality, relevance and promise of applicants’ works. Approximately 15 fellows will be chosen for the Fall 2016 class starting in October. Feedback from alumni has been overwhelmingly positive. Watch videos about their experiences here:

Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Pre-applications and full applications must be submitted no later than July 1, 2016 to be considered for the Fall 2016 class. Those interested can begin the application process by filling out a pre-application on the Carey Institute’s website at Selected fellows will be notified by August. All questions should be directed to



The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. P. Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society.  Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.