The APSE Diversity in Leadership Fellowship program primarily targets mid-career professionals and prepares and supports them for leadership positions and advancement at all career levels of sports journalism while providing lifelong access to the program’s support network. It serves as a crucial means of identifying, encouraging, training and promoting sports journalists into leadership tracks. This in-depth, nine-month course of study is underwritten in its entirety by the APSE Foundation and its generous benefactors. 

The program begins in the fall and concludes with APSE’s annual conference in the summer. Women and diverse journalists who have at least two years’ experience are eligible to apply.

It begins with a three-day-long intensive academic experience that focuses on techniques of management, strategic leadership principles and the latest in digital journalism strategy. Then Fellows are exposed to the best in sports journalism through ASPE annual digital and writing contests, where they serve as judges. They also attend a day-long regional APSE conference that will include several seminars from editors and work as off-site assignment editors with interns for the Sports Journalism Institute. The capstone experience is attending various sessions and workshops of the APSE Summer Conference and networking with editors from throughout the country.

Applications for the annual APSE Diversity in Leadership Fellowship program are accepted each summer. To apply, send an application, references, along with a one-page essay that includes qualifications and why you would benefit from this program to and