Zenger Fellowship

Each year the School of Journalism awards the John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Fellowship to an incoming master’s student in recognition of academic achievement and potential. 

About the Fellowship

The fellowship covers the student’s in-state tuition, mandatory fees and program fees up to 12 units per semester for the first academic year. This initial academic support level continues for the second academic year, contingent upon satisfactory academic progress, good standing in the school/university and the continued availability of funding.

The school's graduate committee selects the recipient.


The Zenger Fellow must be a full-time student taking at least 9 units each semester. In addition, the fellow must sign up for 1 to 3 units of independent study each semester with a professor in the School of Journalism. This special opportunity allows the student to delve into an in-depth project, help a faculty member with research, develop a digital media product or work on another type of journalistic endeavor.

Zenger Award

The school also gives out the John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award each year to a to a journalist who fights for freedom of the press and the people’s right to know.