Due Date: 28.9 2018. Short-term research opportunities are available to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism. Fellows utilize the extensive resources at Harvard and MIT (including local scholars, research centers and libraries), to achieve concrete results.
Proposed projects may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic. Fellows are expected to share their progress and findings either through publication on one of the Center’s in-house websites, or in another medium or format better suited to the project.
Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply. 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.
There is no age limit or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required. Applicants include journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics and others who want to make an impact. Prospective fellows must speak and read English fluently and have a command of written English.
For fellows not supported by an employer during the fellowship, a stipend of $1,350 per week will be provided. If an employer keeps the fellow on salary during the fellowship because the project benefits the organization, a fellowship stipend will not be provided.
Candidates must be available to be in residence in Cambridge, Mass., for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows are responsible for booking and paying for travel arrangements to and from Cambridge, Mass. Although fellows may use stipend funds to cover those expenses, there is no separate allowance for travel and those expenses will not be reimbursed. If a 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.
At least five Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows will be selected each calendar year. As many as 11 fellows have been selected in a given calendar year.