Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award 2023 (up to $12,500)

Deadline: March 2, 2023

Applications are open for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award 2023. The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Power, a longtime friend of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda.

The award proceeds from the recognition that many important stories need to be reported from afar, and that publications do not always have the resources to send a writer where the story is.


The monetary award will be distributed in the following way:

  • $6,000 upon announcement of the winning proposal; $3,000 upon evidence of substantial progress (usually a first draft); and $3,500 upon completion and acceptance by the Award committee.


  • Open to anyone age 21 and older. The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute encourages applications from early-career, nonfiction writers whose work will perpetuate the legacy of Matthew Power.
  • There are no citizenship nor residency requirements.
  • Ineligible to apply are New York University (NYU) affiliates, NYU graduates with degrees dated 2019 and after, and journalists holding staff positions at established media outlets that are in a position to fund such projects on their own. 


The Institute expects the completed work to appear in an English-language publication of strong reputation. All entries must be received by the Institute by the closing date specified.

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