The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism in some new way.
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.
Successful applicants are invited to the Nieman Foundation for a consecutive period ranging from a few weeks to three months, depending on the scope of the project. Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows have access to the extensive resources at Harvard and throughout Cambridge, including local scholars, research centers and libraries.
Successful applicants also have the opportunity to work with Nieman Fellows and the various projects housed at the Nieman Foundation, including Nieman Reports, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Nieman Storyboard.
Other Key Points:
- 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.
- 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.
Advice to Candidates:
- Be sure to consider whether your needs are better met by our longer Nieman Fellowship, geared toward broader inquiry and professional development.
- A focused inquiry is better than a broad one. Two or three months speed by quickly and having clear goals — even if it’s only a part of a larger project — is important.
- Visiting Fellows are expected to prepare by planning ahead of their time at Harvard.
The application deadline for the 2018 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships is Sept. 29, 2017. For questions about the application process, contact Nieman Fellowship program administrator email@example.com or call 617-495-2238.