Application Opens for John S. Knight Journalism fellowships at Stanford University

John S. Knight
John S. Knight

From mid-September to December 2017 the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships for at Stanford University will be receiving applications for the 2018-19 edition of the Fellowship

Selected fellows will be expected to take initiative and seek out people who can help them explore their questions and make connections, even before they arrive at Stanford.

While at Stanford University, fellows are required to commit to the fellowship and this means attending and participating in all JSK events and workshops within two to three events in a week. To achieve the purpose of committing to the fellowship full time, they are advised to take a leave from their jobs and their freelancing and consulting commitments. In addition to other events and classes at Stanford, fellows must work on a proposal focusing on challenges facing journalism throughout the year.

During the programme, Fellows are expected to spend 10 months at Stanford University exploring solutions to the most urgent challenges facing journalism. This means that they must spend the academic terms in residence at the University from September to June, however the Fellows are entitled to long breaks during the Fellowship year that is December and two weeks in March.

Fellows are expected to share publicly the experiences, work and insights they gain throughout the year, and the results of their efforts near the end of the academic year. The sharing can take place after the fellowship is over.

Fellows must agree to sit in classes, attend events on campus, connect with experts in the university’s many research institutes and consult innovative thinkers and doers throughout Silicon Valley.

Selected Fellows have other benefits such as 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. 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.

In addition, 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.

JSK Fellows are provided with several financial benefits. This includes a stipend of $75,000, a supplement of $15,000 to $40,000 for fellows with children. Tuition for fellows and spouses, a Stanford health care for fellows, spouses and children, which ranges from $20,000 to $30,000 per family.

Journalists interested in applying for the JSK Fellowship should visit for information and application.