How to Apply for the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation WPI Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in a WPI Fellowship for Finnish journalists. The 9-week fellowship will begin in August and end in mid-October.

The application period for 2018 World Press Institute Fellowships is now closed. Selection announcements will be made in early May.

Selection is a competitive process. Each year hundreds of journalists apply to the program. Fellows are picked by a joint committee of World Press Institute representaives and those from the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

Please note that due to the number of applications received, we cannot respond to individual requests as to status. You will receive an email message from WPI telling you whether you have received a fellowship or not.

During the online application process, you will be asked to provide the following:
• Applicant information
• Employment history and education
• Two essays
• Color photo of yourself
• Work samples
• Awards, fellowships, and certificates
• Three letters of recommendation

Before applying, please review the eligibility requirements, terms of the fellowship, and the guidelines for work samples, essays and recommendations.

Eligibility Requirements

• At least five (5) years full-time employment in print, broadcast, or online journalism.

Journalists can work for news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online publications or magazines of general public interest.

Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible.

Those who supervise journalists are eligible providing that they also have at least five years as a working journalist.

Any journalism-related work completed as a university student does not count toward experience. People who work in public relations or at organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible.

• Must be currently employed as a non-U.S. journalist working outside of the United States.

• Fluency in both written and spoken English.

• Potential for leadership.

Terms of the Fellowship

WPI fellows are required to prepare for and participate in all briefings and all other scheduled WPI events. They must agree to stay for the entire program and to return to their home countries at the program’s conclusion.

WPI requires that fellows write for the WPI Web site, including the blog, WPI Reports, and submit up to three stories for WPI’s online partners during their fellowship. They are also encouraged to file for their readers, listeners or viewers back home.

Periodic reviews and evaluations are required, and WPI fellows participate in several roundtable discussions about their insights into the U.S. or international journalism issues.

Fellows must have a tolerance for others of different cultures. The program involves a lot of travel, is nonstop, and fellows live out of suitcases much of the time as venues change frequently.

Violations of these terms could result in termination from the program.

Letters of Recommendation

During the online application process, you will need to provide the names and email addresses of three (3) referees. WPI will contact them with information on how they can submit online letters of recommendation.

  • Recommendations should be written by individuals familiar with your work who can comment on your journalistic abilities and potential for growth and leadership. These letters should be in English and address your experience, qualifications, and potential.
  • One of the three recommendations should be from your immediate supervisor.

Work Samples

Please make sure all samples contain the date on which they were published. Most, if not all, of your samples should have been published or aired within the last two years.

If your samples are not in English, please include an English summary of their contents

Work samples can be uploaded with the online application. Files with the following extensions are accepted: .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .doc, .mp3. For photos or other artwork, .jpg/.jpeg, .gif, or .pdf files are accepted.

DVDs, audio/video files, or samples that exist only on paper and that cannot be converted to digital form can be sent to the address below. Please note that samples cannot be returned.

World Press Institute
3415 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55114 USA

1. Print Journalists

  • Writers: Submit three (3) samples of published work that has your byline.
  • Editors: Submit a statement describing your job. You may include copies of published work along with a description of your role in these samples. For published work, follow the instructions above.
  • Photographers: Submit a portfolio with five (5) published samples. Files with the following extensions are accepted: jpg/jpeg, gif, or pdf.
  • Do not send complete newspapers, magazines, books, or unpublished manuscripts.

2. Broadcast Journalists

  • Submit a DVD or CD with no more than 30 minutes of work. Include a written synopsis of each work with a brief description of your involvement.

3. Online Journalists

  • Submit samples equivalent to three (3) print articles or 30 minutes of programming. You can submit your work by providing a link if the segment is still online. Also include what your involvement was with each sample.
  • Your samples must be journalistic in nature and demonstrate that your job involves news gathering, writing, editing, or producing.


Two essays are required as part of the online application. They are:

1. Please describe your professional goals and achievements (in 200-500 words):

2. Why are you seeking a WPI Fellowship? What do you expect to gain? What do you expect to contribute? (200-500 words):

To apply, please go to: