Nonfiction Program Seeks Applicants for Fall 2016 Class of Fellows


More than thirty fellows producing longform nonfiction books, articles, documentaries and multimedia projects have had residencies here at the Institute averaging six weeks apiece since the Carey Nonfiction Program started in October 2015. 

The group of fellows has been diverse, ranging from bestselling authors to writers and filmmakers early in their careers. They’ve come from all parts of the US as well as other countries, including Lebanon, Colombia, Venezuela, Italy, Germany and Ireland.

While not required for acceptance, about half of the fellows have had contracts for their work before the residence. Forthcoming books from publishers like Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House and St. Martin’s Press will have the influence of time spent at Carey embedded in the prose. The subjects cover a broad spectrum of hot-button social, political and economic issues, including war and peace, intelligence, the local and global food system, immigration and climate change.

As word has spread, the year-old program has quickly carved out a unique and important role for journalists, writers and filmmakers dedicated to the craft of longform nonfiction. Interviews with alumni about their time at Carey can be seen here:  

One recent resident, Daniel Ellsberg, the key figure in the leaking and publication of the Vietnam-era Pentagon Papers, was here to work on a book about the nuclear doomsday machines resident in countries capable of nuclear warfare.

“If you can’t do it here, you just can’t do it,” said Ellsberg, reflecting on his stay.

A full list of Carey Nonfiction alumni can be found here:

Applications for the next session starting in October are open until July 1. Selections for the Carey Institute Nonfiction Program are based on the talent, quality, relevance and promise of applicants’ works. Up to 15 fellows will be chosen for the Fall 2016 class. We seek a widely diverse group.

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 program is managed by award-winning documentary producer Tom Jennings in collaboration with journalist Josh Friedman, both Pulitzer Prize winners.

The nonfiction program receives financial support from the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Stewart R. Mott Foundation and the Dyson Foundation.