2018 Dat Winning Fellowship Application


The Dat Winning Fellowship was created in 2015 to help aspiring Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) writers pursue a career in sportswriting. It is a nonprofit program run in collaboration with SB Nation and the AAJA Sports Task Force to provide aspiring APIA sportswriters with networking, mentorship, and an opportunity to develop their portfolios.


Duration (updated): The program will run for six (6) months from May June to October November 2018.

Stipend (updated): Each Dat Winning fellow will receive a $1000 stipend. Upon acceptance, stipends will be issued in $500 allotments at the beginning of the 2nd and 4th quarter of the program.

Fellows will write ten (10) stories of 500-1000 words over the course of the six-month program. Fellows will also be asked to contribute two (2) long-form pieces of 2000+ words, due at the middle and end of the program, respectively. Fellows will work closely with SB Nation on stories that are selected to be cross-posted to their flagship site.

Stories may also be considered for cross-post by NBC Asian America. Fellows will work with NBC Asian America editors on any pieces selected for cross-post.


Dat Winning provides all fellows with mentors who are established APIA professionals in the field. Mentors will help with stories and career advice during the program, and even after the fellowship term. Fellows will participate in online group chat sessions with each mentor and special guest speakers throughout the program.

  • 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.
  • Kai Ma (@kai_ma) – Writer and Segment Producer, “AM Joy with Joy Reid.” Formerly Editor-in-Chief, KoreAm Journal.
  • 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.


AAJA STF will cover registration costs for fellows to attend the 2018 AAJA national convention in Houston (August 8-11). For more information, please visit the convention 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 work with fellows to create an editorial calendar for their stories. Fellows are asked to meet set deadlines or risk losing their stipend and position in the fellowship.

Fellows are asked to be available to attend the 2018 AAJA national convention to qualify for the fellowship.


The ideal candidate for this program is an aspiring APIA sports writer who has some published work, but does not have a full-time position as a sports writer with any local or national publication.

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. 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.

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