2018 Dat Winning Fellowship Application


The Dat Winning Fellowship is a program for aspiring Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) writers interested in a career in sports writing. The program is run in partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association Sports Task Forceand with the support of the Asian American Writers Workshop and NBC Asian America.

The 2018 program will run for six (6) months from May to October.

Over the course of the fellowship, all fellows will be required to submit ten (10) stories of 500-1000 words. Fellows will also be asked to contribute one (1) long-form piece of 2500+ words over the course of the six-month program. Stories which fit the vertical of supporting organizations such as NBC Asian America will be considered for cross-post to increase visibility.

Fellows will be assigned a mentor who is an established professional in the field to help with their stories over the course of the program. Fellows will participate in an online group talk-back session with each mentor and special guest speakers.

2018 Mentors & SPEAKERS
  • Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) – European Sports Correspondent, The New York Times.
  • Mina Kimes (@minakimes) – Senior Writer / Columnist, ESPN the Magazine.
  • Ursula Liang (@ursulaliang) – Producer / Director, formerly Writer / Reporter for ESPN the Magazine.
  • Sachin Shenolikar (@shenoli) – Content Director, WP BrandStudio at The Washington Post, formerly at Sports Illustrated Kids.
  • Alex Wong (@steven_lebron) – Freelance Writer, GQ, The New Yorker, VICE Sports, Sports on Earth.

This list represents mentors and speakers confirmed for the program at this time. More announcements to come.


The AAJA Sports Task Force will cover the registration cost for fellows to attend the 2018 AAJA national convention in Houston (August 8-11). For more information, visit the conference website here: https://www.aaja18.org/.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Scholarship for further financial aid covering travel and lodging to the 2018 AAJA national convention. To apply, visit the scholarship page here: https://www.aaja.org/jimmie-suey-fong-yee-scholarship.

Dat Winning will donate a one-year AAJA membership to each accepted fellow if s/he does not already have one.


The ideal candidate for this program is an aspiring APIA sports writer. This is NOT a paid fellowship program. This is a nonprofit program meant to provide aspiring writers with mentorship and an opportunity to develop their portfolios.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply. Applicants are not required to be current college or graduate students, but must live in North America or in United States territories. We do ask that all applicants are ethnically Asian/Pacific Islander American. You do not have to be born in North America to apply, but please note that all stories and posts should be written in English.

Follow @datwinning on Twitter for updates on the fellowship program.

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