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Property and Environment Research Center's Media Fellowships

PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center—is the nation’s oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets. Founded 30 years ago in Bozeman, Montana, it began as a think tank where scholars documented how government regulation and bureaucracy have led to environmental degradation. At the same time, they sought to explain how markets could be harnessed to improve environmental quality. From this work originated the idea of free market environmentalism.

PERC's Media Fellowships are open to journalists (reporters, editors, broadcasters, producers, and others) interested in learning more about markets and environmental issues. Media Fellows spend a minimum of a week in Bozeman, Montana, where they visit with PERC researchers and explore topics of interest.

The goal of the fellowship is to help journalists examine how property rights and markets can improve the environment. It is no secret that many environmental organizations and government agencies are now recognizing the potential for market solutions. A visit to PERC brings journalists to the organization that has been the leading pioneer in discovering and analyzing these new approaches.

All media fellows are expected to give one seminar at PERC while in residence in Bozeman, subjects have varied widely, and write one oped for which a deadline will be set at the time of the fellowship.

PERC will provide an honorarium of $4500 for a week's stay from which travel, room and board must be taken. A sum of $500 will be withheld until the oped is delivered, and then the final check will be issued. Timing for the fellowship is flexible but typically will coincide with a PERC program or activity.

How To Apply

Complete the on-line application, which will require the following:
  • A statement (one page or less) explaining why you want to be a fellow
  • Your resume
  • Clippings or other indications of your writing or broadcasting experience (these may be sent as attachments or URLs or mailed separately)
  • Two references we may contact.

Who Should Apply?
  • Reporters, editorial writers, broadcasters, producers, and others working in the field of journalism, especially those covering the environment.
  • Journalists who are skeptical but open-minded, as well as journalists who are already familiar with property rights and markets and their effect on the environment.
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