Spiritual Exemplars Project for Journalists by University of Southern California: Apply by March 19: Expired

The Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) of University of Southern California seeks applications from journalists for its Spiritual Exemplars Project where they will join a team that will profile 100 “Spiritual Exemplars” around the world over the course of the next two and a half years.

A team of about a dozen English-speaking journalists, based in any part of the world, will publish in-depth articles, videos and audio stories about such figures with an outside media organization and on CRCC’s project home page.

About the Project:

CRCC has developed a database of potential exemplars, which will remain open to new nominations and suggestions from journalists.

After the application period, CRCC will host the team of journalists and researchers for a project orientation, which will include opportunities for professional development and networking.

CRCC will select the exemplars and contact them to ensure their buy-in. CRCC will work with the team of journalists to make appropriate assignments (based on compatible areas of expertise, interest, language skills, location, etc.).

Journalists may apply to work on one or more exemplar profile over the course of 2.5 years. Those who are interested in working on multiple profiles (up to six, or one every five months) will be given preference. CRCC will provide journalists with a $5,000 stipend plus reasonable travel expenses for each exemplar profiled.

Once paired with an exemplar, the journalists will be responsible for their own reporting schedules and logistics. Journalists also will plan for the publishing of any pieces developed out of the reporting.

CRCC encourages journalists to pitch the profiles and related stories to media organizations and can provide support through introductions to media partners. The media organizations will have editorial control over the final products. CRCC will republish all stories to a project home, with credit to the publisher.


CRCC will pay over Rs. 3.5L stipend for each profile and cover reasonable travel and reporting expenses.

Expected deliverables:
  • A living individual located anywhere in the world.
  • Inspired and sustained by spiritual values, beliefs or practices.
  • Significant impact that advances human flourishing.
  • Admired and emulated by others within and beyond their community.
  • Respects human rights, such as those defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Application Deadline:

March 10, 2019 (Midnight PST)


Email: crcc@usc.edu

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