John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships in Stanford University

Deadline: 04 December 2017
Open to: international applicants
Fellowship: fully funded


The JSK Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to the most urgent issues facing journalism. Innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in journalism are the foundation of our work, which seeks to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public.

Journalism fellowships at Stanford started in 1966 with a powerful idea: giving journalists broad access to a great university, which would pay off in superb journalism. They grew through the next decades, and in 1984 a USD 4 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a permanent endowment for the program, which we renamed for John S. Knight, who, with his brother James L. Knight, once operated a company that became the largest newspaper chain in the United States.


  • U.S. applicants typically have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants typically have at least five years of experience;
  • They will consider less experienced applicants who have outstanding achievements. They do not require applicants to have a college degree;
  • They do not accept applications from people working in public information or public relations jobs, for trade and house newsletters or magazines, for government agencies, or in academic positions.

They consider applicants in these categories:

  • Journalists employed by a news organization or freelance journalists;
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators;
  • Journalism business and management executives.


  • They provide JSK Fellows with several financial benefits, including a stipend of USD 75,000;
  • In addition to this stipend, they provide a supplement of USD 15,000 to USD 40,000 for fellows with children;
  • They also cover the cost of Stanford tuition. They pay for Stanford health care for fellows, spouses, and children, which ranges from USD 20,000 to USD 30,000 per family;
  • The total financial support to fellows ranges from USD 95,000 to USD 145,000. They also help fellows find housing.

Other benefits of a JSK Fellowship

  • Access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and organizations, from technology giants to hot new startups to Stanford’s 100-plus special institutes and centers;
  • Opportunities to join classes taught by top Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is common for classes to be taught by people who also work in the vanguard of their fields in the private sector;
  • A rich intellectual and cultural campus life, including live theater, music and dance performances and special lectures and events.
  • Fellowship social events where everyone can get to know one another;
  • Spouses and partners are eligible to take some classes and attend many fellowship seminars. Fellows’ children attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some fellowship social activities;
  • Exposure to the incredible diversity of worldviews, experiences and cultural traditions that fellows from all over the world bring to the program;
  • New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond the 10 months fellows spend at Stanford.

How to Apply?

In order to apply fill the application form.

For more information please visit the official website.

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