Applications are invited for Nieman Fellowships journalists working in all media in every country around the world. The Foundation selects up to 12 U.S. citizens and 12 international journalists for full academic-year Nieman Fellowships. All prospective fellows must speak, read and write English fluently. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes with some of the university’s greatest thinkers, participating in Nieman events and collaborating with peers.
Study Subject(s): Fellows choose their own course of study at Harvard. Some use the year to deepen their knowledge in a field of interest while others seek to broaden their knowledge in several areas or prepare for a new assignment. hey audit other courses at Harvard College and in graduate school classrooms throughout the university as well as classes at the MIT Center for Civic Media, the MIT Media Lab and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for journalists to spend two full semesters at Harvard.
Scholarship Provider: The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, USA
Award can be taken at: USA
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-All applicants for Nieman Fellowships, including freelancers, must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience. Journalism-related work completed as a university student does not count as professional experience. People who work in public relations or at organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible to apply.
-When appropriate, the applicant’s employer should approve a leave of absence for the academic year (mid-August through May). During the two years prior to applying, an applicant should not have participated in a fellowship or taken a leave of absence from work that lasted for four months or longer.
-Candidates nominate themselves for Nieman Fellowships by submitting an application and supplementary materials. There are no age limits or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required.
Open for International Students: U.S. and international applicants can apply for these Nieman fellowships.
Description: A Nieman Fellowship is an extraordinary, transformative learning opportunity open to journalists working in all media in every country around the world. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes with some of the university’s greatest thinkers, participating in Nieman events and collaborating with peers. Nieman Fellows are also able to audit classes at other local universities including MIT and Tufts.
Number of award(s): Each year, the Nieman Foundation selects up to 12 U.S. citizens and 12 international journalists for full academic-year Nieman Fellowships.
Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for a period of nine-month.
What does it cover? Most Nieman Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 paid over a nine-month period to cover living costs. The Nieman Foundation also provides housing, childcare, and health insurance allowances based on the number and ages of family members. Nieman additionally covers the cost of attending Harvard classes for fellows and their affiliates. Affiliates are the partners and spouses of fellows. They enjoy many of the same privileges as fellows and may attend classes, use Harvard libraries and other facilities, and are welcome to participate in almost all Nieman activities. Recipients of short-term Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships receive a stipend prorated for the length of their fellowships as well as free housing for the length of their stay at Harvard. Through generous gifts made to the foundation, Nieman is able to support a number of fellowships with endowed funds. In addition to a monthly stipend, fellows receive modest housing, childcare and health insurance allowances, depending on the size of their families.
Selection Criteria: Not Known
Notification: Finalists who are citizens of countries other than the United States are interviewed via teleconferencing in February and notified in March. U.S. finalists come to Cambridge for interviews in late April and are notified immediately after the selection weekend.
How to Apply: All Nieman Fellowship applicants must complete an online application form. Candidates for full academic-year fellowships must submit the following information as part of their package: two essays; a professional profile and study plan; work samples and four letters of recommendation. Candidates for the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship complete a streamlined application that requires only biographical information, a résumé and a project proposal. Candidates for the Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation should complete either the international fellowship application or the U.S. fellowship application and indicate interest in being considered for a Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in the appropriate section.
Application Deadline: The applications deadlines are as follows:
-October, 31, 2015: Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships
-December 1, 2015: International Fellowships
-January 31, 2016: U.S. Fellowships