The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship
The mission of the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship is to support the next generation of writers for the Catholic media and other forms of professional journalism—print, video and audio. The fellowship offers three recent graduates of colleges or universities in the United States or Canada the opportunity to develop their literary skills and professional relationships while living and working in the capital of global communications, New York City. O’Hare fellows spend 11 months working at the offices of America Media, where they will generate content for America’s multiple platforms: print, web, digital, social media and events. O’Hare fellows enjoy a rich personal and professional experience through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities. Fellows meet regularly with America’s editorial staff, including James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America and a New York Times best-selling author, in order to cultivate their skills and professional networks. At the conclusion of the program, O’Hare fellows are uniquely suited to pursue successful careers in the Catholic media or other forms of professional journalism. O’Hare fellows receive housing at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, health care coverage and a monthly stipend for living expenses during the 11 months of the program.
The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1961, and a former member of America Media’s board of directors.
About Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J.
The O’Hare Fellowship is a program of America Media and is co-sponsored by Fordham University. The fellowship is named in honor of Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., who was editor in chief of America (1975-84) and president of Fordham University (1984-2003). Born in the Bronx in 1931, Joseph A. O’Hare attended Regis High School in New York City prior to entering the Society of Jesus in 1949.
He trained for the priesthood primarily while stationed at Ateneo de Manila University, where he was ordained in 1961. He returned to the Ateneo and served as a professor there from 1967 to 1972, earning a doctorate from Fordham University in 1968. In 1972, Father O’Hare was named associate editor of America. He assumed the role of editor in chief in 1975. The youngest editor in chief at that time, Father O’Hare served at America until 1984, when he was appointed the 32nd president of Fordham University.
While president of Fordham, Father O’Hare served on a number of civic boards, including Edward I. Koch’s Mayor’s Committee on Appointments, and was the first chairman of the City’s Campaign Finance Board, a role he filled between 1988 and 2003. After serving 19 years as president of Fordham, the longest tenure in the institution’s history, Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., retired in 2003 and became once again an associate editor of America. After his retirement from Fordham and in addition to his work at America, Father O’Hare also served one year as president of his alma mater, Regis High School. Father O’Hare passed away on March 29, 2020 at the age of 89 at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y.
- Applicants must be graduating seniors from an accredited, North American College or University within the geographical confines of the United States or Canada.
- If a graduate from Canada is accepted, then the necessary visas will be applied for at that time.
- Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
- Applicants should be familiar with the Roman Catholic tradition and have some appreciation for the role of the Catholic media in the United States and Canada.
- Applicants must be willing to make a 11-month commitment to the program.
Applications for the 2024-25 O’Hare fellowships will be accepted beginning in October 2023, with priority given to applications submitted by November 30, 2023. The final deadline for submission is February 1, 2024. We will consider applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1, so apply by November 30 for early consideration. There is no application fee. Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the subject line should read “O’Hare Fellowship Application - (Applicant’s Name)”. All applications should include the following:
- A letter of introduction and a resume.
- Two content samples. Samples can include newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts, film pieces, podcasts and unpublished pieces. At least one content sample should be a written sample not exceeding 1,500 words.
- An unofficial academic transcript issued by the applicant’s undergraduate institution (To be issued to America Media at 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Fl., New York, NY 10036).
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member or a professional journalist who is familiar with the applicant’s media talents.
- A description of a story idea for America in one of the following categories: 1) a self-reported feature or essay; 2) an article on an important debate from the world of politics, policy or ideas; 3) a multimedia story. The description of the idea should not be longer than one paragraph.
- October: Applications open.
- November 30: Early consideration deadline.
- December/January: Review of applications and notification of first round decisions.
- February 1: Final deadline for all applications.
- February/March: Final round interviews with finalists; fellows announced.
- August 15: Fellows move in to Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
- June 30: Fellowship Ends.