Cissy Patterson Endowment for Science and Environmental Writers

Good News for Science and Environmental Writers

A newly endowed fellowship for science and environmental writing is being established this year under a gift by the Cissy Patterson Foundation, of Washington, D.C.

The gift of $500,000 will allow the Alicia Patterson Foundation to designate a journalist with an environmental or science writing project as the annual Cissy Patterson fellow.

The Alicia Patterson Foundation’s fellowship program is now in its 50th class of fellows. Journalists receiving an Alicia Patterson fellowship receive $40,000 yearly to pursue an independent project of vital interest. Fellows complete four reports, which are distributed through the Patterson foundation and through the Investigative News Network.

Cissy Patterson was the publisher of the Washington Times-Herald. Her niece, Alicia Patterson, was the founding publisher and editor of Newsday.

The board members of the Cissy Patterson Foundation established the fellowship in recognition of her career in promoting serious journalism.

Applications may be downloaded at or by writing to the Alicia Patterson Foundation at 1100 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. The annual deadline is October 1st.

Dominic Phillips

Dom Phillips 1964-2022

It is with great sadness that the Foundation acknowledges the death of Dom Phillips, who was researching solutions to protect the Amazon under his Alicia Patterson fellowship.