Application Instructions

All uploaded application elements should be in PDF format and should adhere to the following naming convention for uploading: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, MIDDLE NAME, as in JONES, JOHN PAUL. Please make every effort to include all materials, with the exception of reference letters, in one download. If a second is necessary, please mark it — ADD [date]


Hearst Fellow Keri Blakinger at 2016 judging in Houston.

Each completed digital package should contain:

  • One-page resume, including:
    • Academic major and minor, date or expected date of graduation
    • Permanent and current addresses
    • Email, website and social media addresses
  • On a separate page:
    • Three work/character references, including titles, email addresses and phone numbers
    • Hot links to digital work samples
  • Cover letter no longer than two pages highlighting your qualifications and making your case for becoming a Hearst Fellow
  • Two letters of recommendation. These may be submitted through our recruitment portal within your application or emailed separately to

When you have gathered all the necessary materials, click here to apply.