Knight Fellowships for International Professional Journalists, Stanford University, USA

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The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford foster journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, we give twenty outstanding individuals from around the world the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public.

U.S. applicants for a Knight Fellowship ideally have at least seven years of full-time professional experience, international applicants ideally have at least five years. But we also consider less experienced applicants with outstanding achievements. No college degree is required.

We consider applicants who fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Full-time journalists
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Journalism business and management executives

Our definitions:

  • Full-time journalists – Those who write or edit news, commentary, or editorials; critics and reviewers, photojournalists, editorial cartoonists and supervising editors, anchors, and producers. They may be working for newspapers, wire services, television or radio news departments, web sites, magazines that cover news, commentary or public affairs, or as freelance or independent journalists.
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators — Those whose work or proposals have the potential for great journalistic impact.
  • Journalism business and management executives — Those whose work influences editorial quality, such as publishers, general managers, and station managers.

We 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 teaching jobs.

Once selected, fellows must agree to:

  • Devote their energy during the year to the fellowship rather than to regular professional work
  • Spend the academic terms in residence at Stanford
  • Participate fully in fellowship seminars and activities.

Fellows from news organizations that support their application must agree to return to that organization.

Applications for the 2014-15 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships are now being accepted. The deadline for international applications is Dec. 1, 2013 and the deadline for U.S. applications is Jan. 15, 2014.

All applications are done online. This webpage includes information on our eligibility requirements, definitions and basic expectations of fellows. Information about the financial benefits we provide fellows in on the Benefits of a Fellowship page. Please review all of this material and read the application instructions document carefully before you apply. The document includes important information about completing the online application form and submitting work samples.

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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