The International Women's Media Foundation wants to remind women journalists that the deadline to apply for a Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is March 31, 2006. Neuffer, a 1998 winner of IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Award and a reporter for The Boston Globe, died in Iraq on May 9, 2003.
The fellowship is paid for by the Elizabeth Neuffer IWMF Fund, which underwrites two main programs: the Neuffer Fellowship, and the Neuffer Forum on Human Rights and journalism. The International Women's Media Foundation is based in Washington, DC, and the Neuffer Fund is supported by The Boston Globe, Peter Canellos, Carolyn Lee, the MIT Center for International Studies, Mark Neuffer, the United Nations Foundation, and the friends of Elizabeth Neuffer. IWMF said they established the fund to "support women journalists from around the world who share Elizabeth’s passion for promoting social justice and human rights."
The fellowship provides an opportunity for a woman journalist working in the print, broadcast, or Internet media to spend an academic year in a tailored program that combines access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and other Boston-area universities and two media companies, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. "With this flexible structure, the fellow will have opportunities to pursue academic research as well as hone her journalistic skills covering topics related to human rights and social justice," IWMF says.
In addition to doing research or reporting, the fellowship winner will also have a role in the Neuffer Forum on Human Rights and journalism, an annual program that takes place each May. The forum draws together journalists, academics, researchers, and policy makers from the States and abroad to consider each year's current international issues.
The winner will be announced in May, and the fellowship runs from September 2006 through May 2007.
Neuffer had a 13-year career as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe that included covering the burning oil fields of the first Gulf War, the Balkan wars of the 1990s, reporting from Bosnia and Rawanda, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as being the Globe's European bureau chief in Berlin. She wrote a highly-acclaimed book, The Key to My Neighbor's House: Searching for Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda. Neuffer died in May 2003, at the age of 46, in an automobile accident on a highway near Baghdad after spending her last night with religious pilgrims in Samarra.