Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, December 1, 2015 | Apply here
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Eligibility: US and international applicants

Apply for a JSK Fellowship and help transform journalism.

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2016-2017

The program is focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Fellows will have the opportunity to draw on the richness of knowledge and expertise at Stanford and Silicon Valley. They sit in on classes, attend events on campus, connect with experts in the university’s many research institutes and explore many avenues for connecting with innovative thinkers and doers in Silicon Valley. The fellows’ work is supported in numerous ways — through coaching and skills workshops, seminar discussions with thought-leaders in technology, creativity, innovation and journalism. The most valuable asset offered to JSK Fellows, though, is other fellows. They collaborate with and learn from each other. They get advice and find mentors among former JSK Fellows. In addition to the regularly scheduled events, fellows seek out and organize additional shared professional and social activities.

JSK Fellows have a lot of freedom to decide how to spend their time and energy, but we do have a few expectations.

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, September through June, in residence at Stanford
– Participate fully in weekly all-hands meetings and activities organized by the fellowship
– Fellows who commit to return to their news organizations after the fellowship agree to honor that commitment.


– U.S. applicants for a JSK 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.

Professional background:
– Journalists employed by a news organization or journalism freelancers
– Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators
– Journalism business and management executives

You can learn more about our program on the Being a Fellow page. Information about the financial benefits we provide fellows is on the Benefits of a Fellowship page. For eligibility requirements, view the Who can be a Fellow page.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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