THE ECONOMIST is seeking applicants for two paid fellowships in America. Each fellow will spend six months as a journalist working with our New York and Washington bureaus, writing articles about politics and policy in the United States. Previous experience in journalism is not necessary, but applicants should possess a love of writing, inquiry and debate. To apply, applicants should submit an original unpublished article of up to 600 words suitable for publication in The Economist’s United States section, along with an updated resume. Of these, the most important is the original article, which should demonstrate analytical rigour and wit. We will read your article blind without considering your CV to create a shortlist of candidates.