Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation, Harvard

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: international independent journalists or working journalists or work for a news organization in a business, technology or leadership capacity
Fellowship: stipend, allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance, which differ in size depending on their family situation


Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard administers the oldest fellowship program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists of accomplishment from 92 countries and territories have received Nieman Fellowships and benefited from a year of study and exploration at Harvard University. Since its inception, the mission of the Nieman Foundation has been “to promote and elevate the standards of journalism and educate persons deemed specially qualified for journalism.”

The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation will bring at least one individual to Harvard University for the 2014-15 academic year to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation.

The fellowship is a collaboration between two parts of Harvard: the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Both share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation, and the evolution of the digital space. And both have longstanding fellowship programs that give people a year to learn and collaborate with others in the Harvard community.

The Nieman-Berkman Fellow will be a joint fellow between the two centers — a full Nieman Fellow and a full Berkman Fellow.


The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship is open to both United States citizens and citizens of other countries. Candidates should either be working journalists or work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity. Independent journalists are also welcome to apply.

Applicants must be full-time journalists (including freelancers) with at least five years’ experience. Journalists may work for news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, filmmakers, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible.

The Nieman Foundation and the Berkman Center share a commitment to diversity and encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. Learn more about the requirements and stipulations for eligibility.


The Nieman-Berkman Fellow will receive the standard Nieman Fellowship stipend from the Nieman Foundation, which is $60,000 over 10 months. Fellows receive additional allowances for housing, childcare, and health insurance, which differ in size depending on their family situation.


Applications must be done through the Nieman Fellowship online application process.

Required with the application:

  • Two essays: Personal Statement and Proposal for Study at Harvard.
  • Two summaries: a professional profile and a study plan summary.
  • Work samples.
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Leave of absence letter

The deadline for applications in January 31, 2014.

For More Information please visit the official website.


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