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Commonweal Writing Fellow: Synod on Synodality 

Commonweal is seeking applications for its Synod on Synodality Writing Fellowship, which will cover a 12-month period beginning in early 2023. Papal biographer and Commonweal contributor Austen Ivereigh calls the synod on synodality “potentially the most transformative moment since the Second Vatican Council,” a process that is “set to mark Christianity forever.” Given this significance, Commonweal seeks to prioritize focus and engagement with news and developments surrounding the synod.


The Writing Fellow will explore and report on the synod experience as it is lived out in various regions of the United States. Working closely with Commonweal editors, the Fellow will be expected to write four to six feature-length pieces in the course of the fellowship term, to be published in print and/or online. The Fellow may also assist Commonweal in exploring the synod from both a global and U.S. perspective by engaging with institutional partners and ecclesial leaders to encourage dialogue among various networks, and participate in synod-related multimedia efforts such as The Commonweal Podcast and virtual events.


The Fellow can work remotely from anywhere within the continental United States. Reporting-related travel expenses are covered by the Fellowship, which also provides the Fellow a direct stipend of $50,000. 


We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented communities to apply. Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV, and a cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest in Commonweal and this fellowship. Applicants should include at least two samples of published writing that demonstrate the ability to present and explain complex issues or specialized topics to a general audience (these may include newspaper and magazine clips, blog posts, and podcast segments.) Individual writing samples should not exceed 3,500 words. There are no specific requirements regarding educational achievements, religious background, or publication history. The application deadline is January 18, 2023. Applications and questions should be submitted via email to [email protected].