Apply now: Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard 2018

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships

The Knight Visiting Nieman Foundation are currently receiving applications for the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard 2018. All interested individual on special projects on advance journalism will be given short term research opportunity.

The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships are proudly supported by James L. and John S. Knight Foundation with the aim of providing aid for emerging innovators to develop project that will accelerate quality journalism.

For this year Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships minimum of five individuals will be chosen to spend 12 weeks at Harvard for the 2018 calendar year, Selected individual will work on unique projects designed to advance journalism in some new way. As well Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows will have the opportunity to work with other Nieman Fellows and the various projects housed at the Nieman Foundation.

Successful applicants also will have full access to wide range of resources both at Harvard and throughout Cambridge, including local scholars, research centers and libraries.

Details of the Program

  • For Visiting Fellows who will not be supported by an employer during the fellowship, a stipend prorated for the length of the fellowship will be provided ($1,225 per week).
  • If a Visiting Fellow does not reside in the Boston area or otherwise have accommodations, free use of a furnished one-bedroom apartment will be available for the length of the fellowship.
  • Visiting fellowships take place during the calendar year. There is no fixed date when visiting fellowships begin. The application asks candidates to list their preferred start date. If selected, Nieman will take that preference under consideration and will work with the fellow to determine that date. Additionally, Nieman will decide each fellowship duration, which may be fewer than the number of weeks requested within the application.
  • At least five Visiting Fellows will be selected each calendar year. As many as 11 Visiting Fellows have been selected in a given calendar year.

Recipients of short-term Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships receive a stipend prorated for the length of their fellowships as well as free housing for the length of their stay at Harvard. Through generous gifts made to the foundation, Nieman is able to support a number of fellowships with endowed funds. Learn more about their named fellowships.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to U.S. and international candidates
  • Candidates need not be practicing journalists, but must demonstrate the ways in which their work at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation may improve the prospects for journalism’s future. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.
  • In addition to working journalists, those who should consider applying include publishers, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models or designing programs to improve journalism.
  • Project proposals may be completed during the time spent at Harvard or be part of a larger undertaking.
  • All visiting fellows are expected to be in residence in Cambridge during their study and present their findings to the Nieman community at the end of their research period.
  • There are no academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required.
  • All prospective fellows must speak, read and write English fluently.

Applications Deadline: September 29, 2017


  • Learn how to apply
  • Complete an online application form.
  • Candidates should complete a streamlined application that requires only biographical information, a résumé and a project proposal.

For questions about the application process, contact Nieman Fellowship program administrator Nicole Arias – or call 617-495-2238.

For details information, visit Knight  Nieman Official Webpage here 

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