Attempting to beat the March 1 deadline, applications for Lucius W. Nieman Fellowships in Journalism are pouring into University Hall at the rate of between 50 and 60 a day it was announced by University officials.
Set up by the widow of Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee publisher, the fellowships are for the purpose of raising the standards of newspaper work. Response to the announcement of the fellowships in early January has been widespread.
Majority Choose Economics
Most of the journalists are choosing economics for their field of study, a complication of the choices on the applications reveal. This result was predicted in a poll taken by a large New York newspaper of its staff members. Twenty-four of them chose economics; History; one, English literature; one, three, English composition; two, U. s. history; one, English Literature; one Spanish; one, zoology; one, mathematics; one, business management; one, ethics.
Winners to Be Chosen In April
The first fellowship holders will be decided on by the Committee sometime late in April. The winners, probably numbering between 12 and 15 will start their academic duties this September. It is hoped that most of them will be able to spend a full year but applications for half-year courses are also being considered.
A majority of the winners will probably come from the middle-west, since by far a greater number of applications have been received from that part of the country.
Plan Is Experimental
If the idea of sending journalists to school does not work out in practice, the plan will be discarded as unpractical. Only after the approval of many journalists, editors, and publishers was the plan set in operation.