Application for Edna B. McKenzie Fellowship Grant

The Edna B. McKenzie Fellowship was founded in 2013 to support reporting on African Diaspora issues and communities internationally and in the United States.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation awards fellowship grants of up to $1,000 per application, depending on available funding, to assist with airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, translation services, equipment and other costs associated with reporting projects.

Please note that grant applicants must be PBMF members in good standing.

Unless otherwise stated in PBMF’s call for applications, all applicants must show proof that their work will be published by a professional media outlet where the journalist is a freelancer or employee.

Applications generally will be accepted from Sept. 1 to 30 annually, but PBMF may solicit applications at other times during the year for specific projects.

The fellowship is named after pioneering journalist, historian and educator Edna B. McKenzie, who was the first black woman to earn a doctorate in history from the University of Pittsburgh.  She died in 2005 at age 81.

For more information about the fellowship, contact PBMF member Ervin Dyer at edyer [at]

Application for Edna B. McKenzie Fellowship Grant