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The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative Programs


Initiative to expose prejudice—open to journalists ages 22-38

Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (DPIJI) was established in memory of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002. DPIJI provides grants to journalists ages 22 to 38 to research and write in-depth stories about a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism or any other deeply engrained prejudice. Each year, Moment—with the help of an advisory board of journalists—selects one DPIJI Fellow, who receives $5,000 ($2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon publication) to produce a story. Fellows work closely with Moment editors and selected mentors to publish their completed project in Moment as well as partner media outlets. DPIJI is open to applicants of all faith backgrounds and countries. Stories must be written in English. Members of the DPIJI Advisory Board include journalists Wolf Blitzer, Sarah Breger, Nadine Epstein, Linda Feldmann, Martin Fletcher, Glenn Frankel, Robert S. Greenberger, Mary Hadar, Amy Kaslow,  Bill Kovach, Charles Lewis, Sidney Offit, Clarence Page, Steven Roberts, Amy E. Schwartz, Robert Siegel, Paul Steiger and Lynn Sweet.

Moment Magazine was founded in 1975 by late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and the late writer Leonard Fein. It is led by Nadine Epstein, its editor and publisher, who established the DPIJI in 2010 with the help of Ruth and Judea Pearl and Wall Street Journal reporter Robert S. Greenberger. Moment—an award-winning independent North American magazine that covers the Jewish world and beyond—is a forum for a diverse range thought and is dedicated to combatting prejudice of all kinds. If you’d like to learn more about Moment, click here to receive a free print or digital issue.


“The [DPIJI Fellowship] goes above and beyond other similar reporting grants in the partnership with experienced editors—my editing partners helped take my piece from routine to outstanding. The efforts the Moment staff made to publicize my story helped it get one of the biggest audiences of any story of my career, setting me up to get more great work. “—Eve Fairbanks,  2013 DPIJI fellow & author of A House Divided


Application process:

To apply, please send an email to including:

  • Your name, date of birth and contact information
  • Your resume
  • Three clips from a print or digital publication, including at least one long-form story
  • A description of your story proposal, including how you plan to execute it
  • Two recommendations, one from an editor about your work as a journalist, and one from a journalist or scholar about the content of your proposal.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2017

List of Selected Previous DPIJI Stories:

Shadows in the Golden Land by Cameron Conaway, (September/October 2016) tells the story of the Rohingya Muslims—considered by some the most persecuted minority in the world—who are confined to camps in Myanmar. Shadows in a Golden Land

Birthright Denied by Jacob Kushner, (September/October 2015) reported on the Dominican Republic’s efforts to take away citizenship from tens of thousands of Haitians who were born in the country—a decision that reminded some as “uncomfortably similar to the Nuremburg Laws—which codified Hitler’s racial ideology, depriving German-born Jews of German citizenship.” Birthright Denied

A House Divided, by Eve Fairbanks (May/June 2013), which tells the story of the integration and subsequent re-segregation of the dorms at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and how racial attitudes changed on both sides as they did. Her story was nominated for the Livingston Award. A House Divided

The New Normal by DPIJI finalist Brian Schaefer, which explored the roots of prejudice against homosexuals in Judaism and gay life in Israel. His story was nominated for the Livingston Award. The New Normal

An Olympian Struggle, by Emily K. Alhadeff, (July/August 2012), told about the nation’s first and only boycott of Israeli products by a food co-op and the fierce personal, community and legal battle it ignited in Olympia, Washington, the hometown of Rachel Corrie. An Olympian Struggle

About Moment:  For more than four decades, Moment readers have participated in a spirited conversation about life from a Jewish perspective—a conversation that started more than 5,000 years ago. They like us because we’re different—we’re non-denominational, totally independent, and utterly committed to excellent journalism. We transcend ideology and allow for a genuine exchange of ideas. We’re always up-to-date in the latest in Jewish culture, politics and religion. Moment was founded in 1975 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel and writer Leonard Fein. Its editor and publisher today is journalist Nadine Epstein.