Applications are open from eligible candidates for the Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation 2022-23.
About the Fellowship
The fellowship brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.
Both organizations share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation, and the evolution of the digital space, and both have longstanding fellowship programs that offer a year of learning and collaboration with others in the Harvard community.
Proposals from Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship candidates may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting, or research into news consumption patterns. Candidates must explain how their proposals will benefit journalism.
What types of fellowships are available?
Each year, the Nieman Foundation selects up to 12 U.S. citizens and 12 international journalists for academic-year Nieman Fellowships. All prospective fellows must speak, read and write English fluently.
- All applicants for academic-year Nieman Fellowships, including freelancers, must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience. Journalism-related work completed as a university student does not count as professional experience. Professionals who work in public relations or in a position whose primary focus is not the media are not eligible to apply.
- During the two years prior to applying, an applicant should not have participated in a fellowship lasting four months or longer.
- Candidates nominate themselves for Nieman Fellowships by submitting an application and supplementary materials. There are no age limits or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required.
- After candidates have been chosen, they must agree in writing to honor all leave stipulations made with their employers; to refrain from professional work during the fellowship year, except as approved by the Nieman curator; and to complete work in a minimum of one course per semester and honor commitments made to faculty as a condition of auditing a class.
- Fellows also must remain in residence in the Cambridge area while classes are in session and participate in all Nieman Foundation programs.
Nieman Fellows receive a stipend of $75,000 paid over a nine-month period to cover living costs. The Nieman Foundation also provides some financial support for health insurance and childcare.
Fellows are not eligible for health care insurance through Harvard University. Individuals who are unable to retain their current health insurance would have the option of purchasing a plan through the Massachusetts Health Connector, which is an independent state agency that serves as a marketplace for MA residents to find, compare, and enroll in health insurance.
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.
For international candidates (non-U.S. citizens)
- December 1, 2021: Application deadline
- April 2022: Applicants will be notified of their status, and Zoom calls will be scheduled with those advancing to the interview stage.
- May: International fellowship offers will be made.
- June: The press release announcing the Nieman class of 2023 will be posted.
- Around mid-August: The fellowship will begin.
Click here to view the official notification for the Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation 2022-23.
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