The 2021 Editorial Fellowship 

Application Deadline was September, 1st, 2021. Please check back in 2023 for more information.

The 2021 Ruckus Editorial Fellow will work alongside the editorial staff in an equitable role within Ruckus’ non-hierarchical structure. The fellow will focus on BIPOC issues and bring untold stories to the publication; BIPOC candidates will be prioritized for this opportunity, though candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this position. Over the course of nine months, the Editorial Fellow will gain experience running an independent journal and help shape the overall vision and voice of Ruckus through their contributions. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply; candidates need not have a degree or be degree-seeking.

  • Fellowship active from October 1st, 2021 to June 1st, 2022, or closest available 9 month period.
  • Workweeks will vary based on influx of projects (approximately 10 hours/week)
  • Stipend of $7,800.
  • Professional development opportunities available.

The Editorial Fellow will engage in the following tasks and responsibilities, to:
  • Meet with editorial staff for weekly meetings and the Ruckus Board of Directors for quarterly meetings.
  • Research exhibitions and artists to pitch corresponding articles and/or podcast episodes.
  • Edit written articles, videos, and podcasts.
  • Recruit new writers and correspond with prospective community collaborators in our region.
  • Research, draft, and edit grant applications for general and specific project funding.
  • Write copy for social media posts and press releases.
  • Plan and implement programs and events.
  • Work within the Ruckus mission to “lift up and archive voices, perspectives, and histories that are often overlooked, support and celebrate individual artists, hold institutions more accountable to the workers they employ and the public they serve, position our region as diverse and innovative, and question both what art is and what art could be in the future.”
  • Create a capstone project of their own choosing, with support from the editorial staff.

Ruckus is seeking candidates who:
  • Are based within the South or Midwest.
  • Are conscious of ongoing dialogue in contemporary art and excited about our region’s contribution to the greater conversation.
  • Are self-motivated, flexible, and creative.
  • Have experience with community-based projects.
  • Have experience in graphic design, web editing, and social media is a bonus, but not required.

To apply, fill out the Google Form here. 

To view other open calls through Ruckus, visit our opportunities page here. 

Questions? Let us help! Send an email to or leave us a voicemail at  (502) 702-0098.

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