Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

Robert Novak, a great American Journalist and a founding trustee, provided the inspiration to award fellowships to print and online journalists who share our mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system.  Print and online journalists with less than ten years of professional experience are eligible to apply.  The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program awards $50,000 full-time and $25,000 part-time fellowships. 
The Fund for American Studies Acquires the
Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

NOTE:  Our website has changed - please visit to apply for the 2014 program.

On May 8th The Fund for American Studies ( formally announced the acquisition of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program from The Phillips Foundation.  TFAS President Roger Ream announced the transition at the 20th Annual Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner in front of a crowd of more than 200 prominent journalists and philanthropists. 


Phillips Foundation founder Thomas L. Phillips, who will serve as Honorary Chairman of the Novak program going forward, said of the move “TFAS is the perfect new home for the Novak Journalism Fellowship Program.”  “As a longtime TFAS trustee and now trustee emeritus, I have always admired the work of TFAS in advocating for responsible journalism and in educating young people in freedom, individual responsibility and free markets.  I am sure the Novak program will thrive as part of TFAS.”


The Fund for American Studies is an educational nonprofit that seeks to create a brighter, more prosperous future by preparing young people for leadership, teaching them the ideas of freedom and a free-market economy. Founded in 1967, TFAS organizes programs in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


TFAS President Roger Ream said he welcomes this prestigious program which complements other TFAS journalism programs.  “The Novak Journalism Fellowship Program is an ideal addition to our other journalism initiatives including the summer Institute on Political Journalism, the spring and fall Capital Semester journalism tracks, the TFAS Journalism Fellows Program, and the TFAS Journalism Awards,” Ream said.  “In fact, we are planning to create a TFAS Center for Excellence in Media to encompass all these programs.”


TFAS awarded $185,000 in 2013 fellowships to seven young journalists at the dinner.  In addition, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes was honored with the Thomas L. Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Brit Hume. Barnes praised the Novak Journalism Fellowship program noting its commitment to “keeping young, smart conservatives in journalism” —many of whom are now reporters for the Weekly Standard and other successful publications. 


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Fred Barnes, Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Fred Barnes, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.