The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Program is now accepting entries from journalists around the world for its 2024/2025 paid 10-month fellowship at Stanford University in the United States. The program supports diverse journalists from around the world who are creating solutions to journalism’s most urgent problems and seeks applications from journalists who are eager to explore, identify, and test ideas for improving access to news and information that people need to create and sustain robust democratic communities.
Interested applicants should apply if they want to grow as journalists and leaders and believe that their best work is ahead of them. They should be excited about the opportunity to be coached through a deep examination of their mindset, perception, and place in journalism, yearning to be “in fellowship” with a group of other journalists from varied professional and personal backgrounds. They should also seek, embrace, and prioritize diversity, be ready to set aside current work responsibilities, and dive into a 10-month journey of professional and personal exploration while remaining committed to journalism.
The fellowships aim to create a community that celebrates diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. They are open to both U.S. and international journalists, including those working with digital-native and legacy news organizations, independent journalists, journalism entrepreneurs, and journalism innovators. To qualify, applicants should have at least five years of full-time professional journalism experience but are not required to have a college degree or experience in traditional newsrooms. It’s worth noting that working as a student journalist or summer intern is not considered part of the five-year threshold.
The programme is not open to those working in public information or public relations, for trade and house newsletters or magazines, for government agencies, or in academic positions. Additionally, the fellowship does not support book projects or reporting projects and is not a business accelerator.
Applicants must demonstrate their ability and desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with people with a range of ideas and perspectives.
Fellows will receive a stipend of US$95,000 and supplements to assist with living expenses. The cost of Stanford tuition and Stanford health care is also covered.
The deadline for international applicants is December 6, 2023, and January 24, 2024 for U.S. applicants.
For detailed information and to apply, visit https://jsk.stanford.edu/become-a-fellow/.