John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Each year, JSK bring together up to 20 fellows from around the world to work on ideas to address the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help reimagine and transform journalism, you should apply for our program.
From September to June, JSK Fellows spend their time on individual and collaborative projects to address these challenges. Fellows also participate in special workshops and weekly events, explore the abundant resources on the Stanford campus and in Silicon Valley, and have the option of sitting in on classes. Stanford is home to some of the leading initiatives in journalism and communication, including the Computational Journalism Lab, the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. We enthusiastically include spouses, partners and families in fellowship life. If you are looking for a sabbatical or a solitary experience, the JSK Fellowships is not the program for you.
Applicants should propose a project that is focused on addressing some aspect of what we believe are the most urgent problems facing journalism:
- Challenging Misinformation and Disinformation
- Holding the Powerful Accountable
- Eradicating News Deserts and Strengthening Local News
- Fighting Bias, Intolerance and Injustice
- U.S. applicants typically have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants typically have at least five years of experience.
JSK consider applicants in these categories:
- Journalists employed by a news organization or freelance journalists.
- Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators.
- Journalism business and management executives.
A stipend of $85,000. In addition to this stipend, we provide an additional supplement for fellows with children. We also cover the cost of Stanford tuition and Stanford health care for fellows, spouses and children. We also help fellows find housing.
Other benefits of a JSK Fellowship:
- Access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and organizations, from technology giants to hot new startups to Stanford’s 100-plus special institutes and centers.
- Opportunities to join classes taught by top Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is common for classes to be taught by people who also work in the vanguard of their fields in the private sector.
- A rich intellectual and cultural campus life, including live theater, music and dance performances and special lectures and events.
- Fellowship social events where everyone can get to know one another.
- Spouses and partners are eligible to take some classes and attend many fellowship seminars. Fellows’ children attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some fellowship social activities.
- Exposure to the incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that fellows from all over the world bring to the program.
- New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond the 10 months fellows spend at Stanford.
How to Apply:
Important information about deadlines: Your application deadline depends on whether you meet our U.S. or international eligibility standards. International applications must be submitted no later than Dec. 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific time. Applications from U.S. candidates must be submitted no later than Jan. 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific time. We do not accept late applications.
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