Deadline: December 4, 2017 00:00 GMT-0700
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Eligibility: U.S. applicants typically have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants typically have at least five years of experience.
Location: Stanford, the United States

JSK Journalism Fellowships 2018

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 $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.

Why apply?

  • They provide JSK Fellows with several financial benefits, including a stipend of $75,000.
  • In addition to this stipend, they provide a supplement of $15,000 to $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 $20,000 to $30,000 per family.
  • The total financial support to fellows ranges from $95,000 to $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 centres.
  • Opportunities to join classes taught by top Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialities. 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.


  • 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.
  • JSK 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.

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