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John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open01-Dec-2015
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AwardStipend of $65,000, housing, health insurance, child care and expenses cost.
EligibilityJournalists and journalism entrepreneurs
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 
450 Serra Mall 
Building 120, Room 422 
Stanford University 
Stanford, CA 94305-2050

Phone 650.723.4937
Fax 650.725.6154


What is John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2016?

Each year, up to 20 journalists from all over the world come together as JSK Fellows for 10 months of learning, collaborating, creating and fun.They enthusiastically include families in fellowship life.

To help fellows get the most out of their year, they provide several financial benefits, including a stipend of $65,000. In addition to the stipend, they provide fellows with additional funds designed to help with specific costs, such as housing, health insurance, child care and expenses related to work on their journalism challenges. (The amounts of these supplemental funds a fellow receives are based in part on family size and range from $13,000 to more than $50,000.)

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 centers.
  • Opportunities to join classes taught by top-notch Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is not uncommon for classes to be taught by people who also are working 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. A number of these events also are open to fellows’ children.
  • Spouses and partners are eligible to take classes and attend fellowship seminars just as the fellows do. Fellows’ children can attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some special fellowship social activities.
  • Exposure to the incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that about 20 fellows from all over the world bring to the program.
  • New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond your 10 months with them.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

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 they also consider less experienced applicants with outstanding achievements.

No college degree is required.

Professional background

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

  • Journalists employed by a news organization or journalism freelancers
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Journalism business and management executives

Their definitions:

  • Journalists – Those who write or edit news, commentary, or editorials; critics and reviewers, photojournalists, video journalists, designers, multimedia journalists, 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, news-related startups, or as freelance or independent journalists.
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators – Those whose work or ideas have the potential for great journalistic impact. This group includes consultants.
  • Journalism business and management executives – Those whose work influences editorial quality, such as publishers, general managers, and station managers.
  • They 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.

How can you apply ?

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When you are ready to apply, sign up for a FluidReview account using the "Sign up" button.  Once your account is activated, log in on this page, and click the "Get Started" button to begin the application process. Once you’ve registered, you’ll get an email confirmation.

When registering for your FluidReview account, please use only your first and last name; no middle names or initials. It's a quirk of the system and will make it easier for us to find you! If you have more than one first name, such as Mary Beth, please combine them into one word, like this: MaryBeth. Leave a space between your first and last name. Later, on the first page of the application, you can fill out your first, middle and last name.

Terms and Conditions

Their program is focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. They select JSK Fellows who are passionate about finding ways to address challenges facing journalism and journalists. To that end, they ask applicants to identify a challenge they want to pursue and tell us a little bit about it. Those who are selected for a fellowship spend a significant portion of their time here working on that challenge.

But that’s just one aspect of the fellowship experience. Fellows 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. JSK support otheir fellows’ work in numerous ways — through coaching and skills workshops, seminar discussions with thought-leaders in technology, creativity, innovation and journalism. The most valuable asset they offer 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 we organize for the group, 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.

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