The ACES Education Fund, in partnership with the Dow Jones News Fund, sponsors the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship, which is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion by advancing early- and mid-career professionals in their work as editors and aspiring industry leaders. The fellowship recognizes the work of the late Rich Holden, who championed diversity in editing as the longtime managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund.

Each fellow receives up to $3,000 to apply to course tuition, conference fees, travel, or other costs related to their continuing career development and skill-building. 

Applications for Holden Diversity Fellowships are open from June 1 to July 15.

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Fellowship Details

Are you an editor seeking to develop your skills, chart a new career path or otherwise advance your professional prospects? Do you lack training opportunities through your employer? Do you work as a freelancer or contractor, managing your career on your own?

And when we say “editor,” we mean someone who makes decisions that help a piece of writing fulfill its potential and provide an audience with clarity and meaning.

If you see yourself in those first two paragraphs, we encourage you to apply for the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship.

Applicants for the Holden Diversity Fellowship must have at least three years of full-time professional editing experience. We define editing, broadly, as preparing written materials for dissemination. That could mean work in journalism, publishing, public relations, marketing, design or another communications industry, or a communications-focused role with editing responsibilities in another industry. Editing should be a significant part of an applicant’s duties, regardless of job title or industry.



Applicants to the Holden Fellowship are encouraged to identify training programs of their choosing or to consider possibilities from the following suggested program list.  


Richard S. Holden

The fellowship recognizes the work of the late Richard S. Holden, a giant in the world of news editing, and his dedication to promoting diversity. 

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