DEADLINE: VLS / ASPCA Animal Law Media Fellowship

Event Date: 
April 26, 2021

Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and the ASPCA® are pleased to announce the launch of a new Animal Law Media Fellowship. Applications are now open to qualified journalists who cover issues related to agriculture, factory farming and/or animal welfare.

The Animal Law Media Fellow will spend two weeks at Vermont Law School’s Summer Session from July 12 to 22, attending an intensive course in Farmed Animal Law, while having access to the school’s distinguished faculty and visiting policy leaders. The position includes a $1,250 stipend, free housing and books, and a tuition waiver. In addition to attending class, the fellow will present on a topic of their choice as part of the Summer Session’s “Hot Topics” series.

Funded with a generous grant from ASPCA, the new fellowship aligns with broad public attention around animal welfare, worker safety, environmental, and public health risks related to industrial animal agriculture. The fellow will be selected based on work history and samples, commitment to covering animal issues, and their potential for increasing understanding of animal law and policy issues nationwide. Journalists from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Monday, April 26. Prospective fellows may submit applications via email to Molly McDonough at with “animal law media fellowship” in the subject line. Include a CV or LinkedIn profile, a link to your online portfolio or links to at least two recent published articles, and a short cover letter explaining your interests in and qualifications for the fellowship.

See here for more information about the animal law fellowship and here for more information about VLS's media fellowships in general. Please note that due to the deferral of last year's environmental law media fellows, we are most likely not accepting applications for our general environmental law media fellowship this year. We will put out a call for applications for next year in early 2022; subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know about it.

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