Applications Sought for the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship in the United States

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The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners.

The Fellowship is a highly selective programme and the primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a 15-20-page paper on a media/politics topic.

Mr. Alex Jones, Director Shorenstein Center

Since 1986, the Fellowship Program has brought more than 250 accomplished journalists, scholars and politicians from around the world to the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States.

Joan Shorenstein Fellows work closely with Harvard students and often serve as longtime mentors. Past Shorenstein Fellows include TV news anchors; national and international print, radio and television reporters; digital news innovators; presidential media advisors; leading scholars and policy analysts.

The Center currently hosts eight one-semester residential fellowships each year (four per semester). Fellows conduct research; engage with students, faculty and the Harvard community; and participate in the various events associated with the Shorenstein Center.

Fellows’ research and ideas are presented at weekly research meetings where they discuss and defend their project before a group of peers. Recent projects have been published in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic and Fortune magazine and have been reported on in The New York Times.

Each Fellow receives $30,000 as stipend for one semester. Travel and living expenses are not covered by the Shorenstein Center. Office space, computer and telephone are provided. For more information, please email edith_holway@harvard.edu.

 Interested applicants must be fluent in English – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL or IELTS score. Fellows are in residence, full-time, for one semester (September through December or February through May). The applicant should not have participated in another fellowship within the past two years.

All applications must be submitted on or before February 1, 2014.

Applicants must be a full-time journalist, politician, scholar or policymaker currently active in the field, defined as follows:

  • Journalist: Reporter, editor, producer with a minimum of five years experience at a news organization (print, broadcast, Internet) immediately prior to submitting Fellowship application.
  •  Politician: Someone who has campaigned and been elected to a national or high-level state office.
  • Scholar: Tenured or tenure-track professor in political science, political communication, journalism, international political communication with a strong record of book and journal publications. The applicant must be employed by a college, university or research institution for seven years or more.
  • Policymaker: High-level official in a cabinet office or adviser to a candidate for national office. Minimum 10 years experience in equivalent role.

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