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    All applicants who write in Chinese, regardless of nationality, profession, or age, are welcome to apply. Please submit a project proposal and a writing sample.

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    First place: $7,000 USD


    Second place: $5,000 USD


    Third place: $2,500 USD

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    Fellows will spend 8 to 12 weeks in the fellowship, reporting, writing, attending workshops and working with editors.

    Application Deadline: The application period for Season Two has just closed, and the application period for Season Three will begin in early 2023.

    ( ‼️ Time zone: UTC/GMT+08:00)

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    Apply for the Fellowship

    To apply, please submit a proposal -
    ◇ Up to 2,500 words outlining the topic you want to cover, and why this topic is important, timely, or relevant;
    ◇ Detail the topics, issues, themes, challenges, stakes, or questions that your project will cover.
    ◇ Things to consider also include: Why you are the best person to write about this topic, and how you plan to implement the proposal.
    ◇ Describe your relevant experience and/or past works, and tell us why this fellowship is right for you;
    ◇ Include a budget outline for any travel, reporting, and research expenses you may require.
    In addition to your proposal, we require an 800 - 1500 word writing sample.
    Note: Grants from other competitions or funding from other organizations must NOT have been received for the proposal. The proposal CANNOT be produced by any full-time employee of a media organization. The fellowship reserves the right to revoke grants and awards in the event of a violation.
    To find out about what happens after your submission,
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    After Your Submission

    Applicants will generally hear back within 4 to 6 weeks of submission. The fellowship first reviews all applications for eligibility and sends them to the selection committee. The committee will then select the strongest proposals – usually 8 to 10 – for an interview.
    When interviews are completed, the selection committee reconvenes to select the fellows based on the strength of the project and the available budget. We also provide individual feedback on applications not selected.
    To find out more about the prizes,
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    Grants and Prizes

    Each season, five fellows are selected based on their proposals and writing samples. The selection process does not involve a ranking. A grant of $1,000 is provided to each fellow to begin their project.
    Upon completion of fellows' projects, the fellowship determines the rankings based on their final pieces, with $7,000, $5,000, and $2,500 USD awarded to the first, second, and third places, respectively. Fellows will receive the remaining amounts of the prizes based on their respective positions.
  • How do I apply?


    Tell us a little about yourself

    1. Your name
    2. Your email and other contact information
    3. Any nonfiction publication or relevant experience

    Prepare the Proposal

    We ask for a proposal of up to 2,500 words, outlining the topic, issue, theme and challenge that your project intends to cover.

    Prepare the Writing Sample

    Please prepare a writing sample related to the topic to give the selection committee an idea of your writing ability and style, and to convey your passion for the chosen topic


    Please use this link to submit your application.
    If you have any questions, please send an email to fellowship@matters.news. We will get back to you within two business days. 
  • How are winning entries selected?

    Selection Committee

    There are 32 members on our selection committee. They are prominent nonfiction writers and journalists in the Chinese-speaking world as well as publishers and media personalities.

    Scores and Votes

    Each entry will be assessed, discussed and selected based on theme, creativity, feasibility, and the author's past achievements. The committee will select the strongest proposals for an interview.


    In order to further explore applicants' ideas and motivations, an online interview will be scheduled.
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