Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard 2018

Deadline: 29 September 2017
Open to: publishers, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others
Benefits: fully funded three-month fellowship at Harvard University


The Visiting Fellowship program at Nieman was established in 2012 to invite individuals with promising research proposals to advance journalism to take advantage of the many resources at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation. Those who apply include publishers, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models or designing programs to improve journalism. In 2015, Knight Foundation provided a grant to support the projects and advance journalism innovation. The fellowships are now known as the 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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 (USD 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;
  • If selected, Nieman will take that preference under consideration and will work with the fellow to determine that date;
  • Additionally, Nieman will decide each fellowship duration, which may be fewer than the number of weeks requested within the application;
  • At least five Visiting Fellows will be selected each calendar year, and as many as 11 Visiting Fellows have been selected in a given calendar year;
  • In addition to a monthly stipend, fellows receive modest housing, childcare, and health insurance allowances, depending on the size of their families;
  • They also have access to the extensive intellectual resources at Harvard and MIT, and throughout Cambridge, including local scholars, research centers, and libraries;
  • Visiting fellows will work with traditional Nieman Fellows, who spend a full academic year at Harvard.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted through the online platform.

For more information please visit the official website.

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