United States Boehm Media Fellowship | Opportunity Collaboration
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The Boehm Media Fellowships provide journalists, storytellers, authors, bloggers, writers, editors, filmmakers, and other media experts at the helm of social impact with a major focus on poverty alleviation and injustice the opportunity to participate as Delegates to the Opportunity Collaboration. We understand media to be a diverse and multidisciplinary field across sectors including but not limited to journalism, public relations and communications, social media, film, podcasts, radio, television, photography, media literacy and other mixed or new and emerging media channels and productions. We are seeking individuals who, on their own or through their organizational roles, utilize the media in creative and innovative ways to influence culture, collaborate with communities and interface with new paradigms and ideas to catalyze change.


The purpose of the Boehm Media Fellowship program is three-fold: (a) open doors, minds and networks for Fellows, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with the knowledge and skills of leading media innovators and experts, and (c) cultivate greater potential to create social impact through the media. The Boehm Media community is comprised of Fellows, Alumni and affiliates from around the world.

The social change and enterprise space is filled with incredibly important stories. It’s been a gift to have the chance to help unlock their potential with media strategies that can make a difference and collaborate with fellow creative activists from all around the world. Daniela Kon, Founder and Executive Director, SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards), Los Angeles, USA

Eligibility Criteria

Successful Boehm Media Fellowship applicants are high-impact media experts committed to economic justice and poverty alleviation with a demonstrated interest in innovative social change.


Boehm Media Fellows from previous years are encouraged to apply for the Senior Boehm Media Fellowship. Contact Kristi Ferrel at boehmfellows@gmail.com for more information.


Financial need is a primary consideration. Applicants from organizations with adequate resources are less likely to be selected for a Boehm Media Fellowship. The Boehm Media Fellowship is committed to diversity on all levels including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, geographic region, experience level, and media focus.


To recommend someone as a Boehm Media Fellow click here.

A long time ago, I learned this proverb: 'Somebody’s key may be able to open another person's door'. Being a Boehm Media Fellow offered me the opportunity of sharing my knowledge from advertising, photography and journalism with entrepreneurs and activists. I was happy to see so many people leave with a new perspectives. - Nana Kofi Acquah, Photographer and Blogger, Accra, Ghana

Media Fellowship Terms & Conditions

Fellows are expected to engage before, during and after Opportunity Collaboration in the following ways:

Prior to attending the Opportunity Collaboration, Fellows will:

  • Participate in 5-7 hours of pre-event collaboration through video calls and session planning emails.


During the week of Opportunity Collaboration, Fellows will:

  • Attend Boehm Media events.
  • Provide a minimum of 5 hours to lead and/or co-lead onsite media sessions and participate in Media Fellowship events.


Following Opportunity Collaboration, Fellows will:

  • Identify and share relevant content and resources (articles, blogs, websites, tools, etc.) to expand the media knowledge of the Delegate community.
  • Participate in a feedback call with one of the Media Coordinators to help improve the Fellowship experience.


Following Opportunity Collaboration, Fellows are encouraged to:

  • Share their various media publication/work with the Alumni community.
  • Work collaboratively on any relevant topics.


Boehm Media Fellows receive a $3,200.00 tuition scholarship.


The Fellow pays round-trip airfare and $750.00 registration. Additional scholarships will be considered for individuals from developing countries.


The all-inclusive Fellowship includes all on-site costs for housing and meals (5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day), gratuities, airport shuttle, etc. All Fellows are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa if required. The Opportunity Collaboration provides Fellows with a formal invitation letter for use with immigration authorities.

Application Process & Deadlines

Applications for 2019 will be open in September 2018. Applications will be reviewed January 8th for OC USA and April 1st for OC Global.


All Fellows will be notified within 3 weeks of the review date. Once notified that an applicant has been selected, the applicant has fourteen (14) days to accept the Boehm Media Fellowship and thirty (30) days to register on the Opportunity Collaboration website. By accepting the Fellowship, the Fellow agrees to the above terms and conditions. All applications received after the deadline will be reviewed if space becomes available.


For further questions, please contact Kristi Ferrel at boehmfellows@gmail.com.

Additional Relevant Information:

Click here to view our Alumni Media Fellows.


Click here to see the media offerings from OC Global 2017 and OC USA 2018.


When selecting a new cohort of Fellows, the Selection Committee takes into consideration the following:

  • The media needs to be identified by the Delegate community and 2017 Media Fellows
  • A wide range of media skills represented
  • Diversity of perspectives: gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, country of origin
  • Financial need