Awarding fellowships to journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and skepticism that will benefit the public.
The Alicia Patterson Foundation Program was established in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly 23 years before her death in 1963. One-year and six month grants are awarded to working journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and to write articles based on their investigations and to write articles based on their investigations which are published by the Foundation on its website and by other media outlets.
Winners are chosen by an annual competition. The competition opens in June and all entries must be postmarked by November 1. Applications are accepted from U.S. citizens who are print journalists with at least five years of professional experience.
Each year a panel of judges convenes in the Fall to interview and choose APF fellows. The fellowships provide $40,000 for the full-year stipend and $20,000 for the six-month fellowship.