How It Works

1. The Work

Fellows will write a series of 5 unique articles for publication; each analysing dimensions of, problems within, or perspectives on this central topic of their choosing. Applicants must propose their central topic and 5 article ideas in their application.

Preference is given to topics germane to Criterion Global's work: media buying, “big data” and the consumer, multinational advertising, emerging market expansion, the business of media, global information access, and/or media policy.

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2. The Award

Fellowship provides $5K USD stipend and round-trip airfare to any destination in the world applicable to the Fellow’s research*

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3. Eligibility

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals up to 3 years in the workforce studying or working in a fields applicable to the subject matter.  Open to all nationalities. 

NOTE: Criterion Global values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and creating an inclusive environment for all employees -- as well as its fellows. Applicants are welcome regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.

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4. The Application

  1. Resume/C.V. (noting any previous research fellowships, as applicable)

  2. Brief personal statement explaining how this Fellowship would be applicable to the candidate’s academic or professional aspirations,

  3. Detailed project proposal:

    • Topic of interest, and proposed articles: Define each article’s angle (5)

    • Projected timeline for research, travel and completion

    • Include background of the ideal supervisors or sources to guide the work.

  4. References + writing sample (ideally a short-form, journalistic written work).

Submit by email to by 15 March, 2019:

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*Terms + Details

1. Fellowship is funded via a $5K stipend, plus project-relevant air travel*

*Fellowship does not cover, beyond the value of the stipend: living expenses, visa costs (visa + immigration clearance are the Fellow’s sole responsibility), or insurance (health, travel, other). Fellows solely responsible for any local tax implications of their stipend reward and airfare benefit.

Maximum ticket value of $1,250, airfare to be booked via Criterion Global.

2. All 5 Article topics must be pre-approved.

Fellow must be in regular communication with project supervisor/mentor via phone, Skype, etc. throughout the fellowship duration, and must complete defined deliverables on schedule throughout the fellowship.

Fellow must provide a schedule for delivery, review, and editing for each of the 5 articles throughout the course of the program

Article format is to be journalistic, not academic, and relevant as publishable material for commercial online or print publication, each with an ideal length of 1,000-1,500 words each (7 minutes reading time).

Criterion Global retains the rights to publish, with attribution to the Fellow, content produced by selected Fellow for its owned and operated marketing. Criterion Global reserves the right to select multiple, or no fellows in any year, or to terminate fellowship for any reason at its sole discretion.

3. All deliverables must be completed in full by August 31, 2019.