Sept. 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).


Cambridge, United States.



Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships

The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism. Since this initiative’s inception in 2012, the Nieman Foundation has awarded 42 visiting fellowships ranging between two and twelve weeks.

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 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.

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows utilize the extensive resources at Harvard and MIT, including local scholars, research centers and libraries, to achieve concrete results, either developing a project that can be completed during the time spent at Harvard or as part of a larger undertaking that continues after the fellowship period ends. Additionally, fellows are expected to share their progress and findings either through publication on one of Nieman’s in-house websites—Nieman Reports, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Nieman Storyboard—or in another medium or format better suited to the project.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Journalism
  • writers
  • photographs
  • Media & Communication Studies

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

No more than 12 week.

The Nieman Foundation will work with selected fellows to determine a start date. The duration of the fellowship awarded may be shorter than the number of weeks requested. Most fellowships are between four and eight weeks.

All applicants will be notified of their status by Nov. 25, 2019.
Skype calls will be scheduled with those advancing to the interview stage.
We expect to make our selection of fellows by Dec. 18, 2019
The press release announcing the 2020 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows will be posted in January 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The proposed project must have the potential to advance journalism. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic.
  • Those who should consider applying include journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics and others who want to make an impact. There is no age limit or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.
  • Candidates must be available to be in residence in Cambridge, Mass., for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Prospective fellows must speak and read English fluently and have a command of written English.
  • A focused inquiry is better than a broad one. The time on campus speeds by, so having clear goals is essential.
  • The visiting fellowship is best suited to individuals who are able to work independently. The experience is akin to an independent reporting assignment. Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows set about their self-determined project work as a full-time job, with no constraints on their time. This is unlike our academic-year fellowship program, which is an experience structured around two semesters of course auditing and participation in Nieman programming.
  • Preparation is vital to a successful fellowship. Fellows are expected to start their project on day one, having already completed preliminary research, identified and contacted sources at Harvard and elsewhere, and scheduled appointments with those people.
  • Be sure to consider whether your needs are better met by our longer Nieman Fellowship, geared toward broader inquiry, leadership growth and professional development.
  • We are interested in any project that has the potential to advance journalism. Previous projects have ranged from how podcasts can help strengthen the position of public radio stations to how machine learning can help news organizations organize archival material to the impact of smartwatches and wearable devices on journalism.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Opportunity Cost


  • For fellows not supported by an employer during the fellowship, a stipend of $1,350 per week will be provided. If an employer keeps the fellow on salary during the fellowship because the project benefits the organization, a fellowship stipend will not be provided.
  • If a 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.
  • Fellows are responsible for booking and paying for travel arrangements to and from Cambridge, Mass. Although fellows may use stipend funds to cover those expenses, there is no separate allowance for travel and those expenses will not be reimbursed.

How to Apply

First Step: Prepare the application requirements:

  • Biographical information.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • A 600-word project proposal—an essay that describes the project you plan to pursue as a visiting fellow at Harvard.
  • Professional profile
    Provide a short profile (no more than 100 words) that summarizes your professional career including your current position (work title and news organization, if appropriate); publications that you have written for and/or other news organizations where you have worked; journalism awards you have won; beats and issues that you cover; special interests, etc.
  • Provide a brief summary (50 words) of your study plan.
  • We are most interested in your recent work. Most of your samples should have been published or broadcast in the year immediately prior to the completion of your application. One older sample may also be submitted. Work samples should be submitted to the online application via file uploads or URL. You may also provide a summary page that describes your samples. If any work samples exist only as hard copies or surpass the application’s file-size capacity, then those specific work samples may be sent to the address below, where they will be added to materials you submit with the online application. Please do not send originals; submitted materials will not be returned.

Nieman Foundation for Journalism
Fellowship Application
One Francis Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138-2009

  • Please clearly date all your samples and do not send more than the requested number.
  • If your samples are not in English, please include a summary of their contents in English. Supporting materials must also be in English.
  • Writers: Submit four samples of published work, including publication dates. Samples may be submitted via URLs or individual PDF file uploads.
  • Editors: Include a statement describing your job. (This is in addition to your two essays.) This statement should be submitted as a PDF file upload to the Portfolio section of the application. You may list URLs or include files of published work along with a description of your role in these samples.
  • Photographers: Submit at least eight samples of your work. A sample could be a single image, an article that includes multiple images, or a PDF excerpt from a published book. Image files up to 10MB each and PDF files up to 20MB each may be uploaded to the online application. If your samples cannot be uploaded or submitted via a URL, you may mail a CD, DVD, flash drive or non-returnable printed photos to the Nieman Foundation.

The guiding questions to answer within the essay are: Which particular Harvard or local resources will be especially important and useful? How, specifically, will you use your fellowship time to advance the project? What will be the end product or result of your fellowship? How will your work benefit journalism?

Second Step: Creat an account with SlideRoom, using your preferred email address. If you already have a SlideRoom account, simply log in to proceed. Then, You will receive a confirmation email from SlideRoom with the subject line “Thank you for using SlideRoom!”

Third Step: applicants must complete an online application form.

Do not send complete newspapers or magazines, books, scrapbooks, unpublished manuscripts, works-in-progress, irreplaceable material, elaborate presentations (e.g. spiral bindings or report covers) or “creative” displays.

You may save your information and return as many times as you like prior to completing the application.

Send any questions to fellowship program administrator Nicole Arias at or call her at (617) 495-2238.

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