John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships

Deadline: 1 December 2015
Open to: journalists with an innovative idea for addressing a particular journalism challenge
Fellowship: USD 65,000 as well as supplements for housing, childcare, health insurance and moving expenses


Journalism fellowships at Stanford started in 1966 with a powerful idea: giving reporters and editors free run of the classrooms and libraries of a great university, which would pay off in superb journalism.

Each year, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships selects 20 fellows to spend an academic year at Stanford University. During their fellowship, they have 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.

They select journalists with great ideas they will pursue while in our program and beyond. Recent fellows have launched journalism startups, created cross-border investigative reporting partnerships, crafted tools to enhance reporting on immigrant communities, to cite a few examples. Others have been sought out  to lead innovation in established news organizations. 

Their fellows come from all over the world and from all types of journalism, including daily newspapers, radio and television, non-profit news startups, blogs and ethnic media. 


They are seeking a pool of applicants who are diverse in all ways: race, ethnicity, gender, media background, region of the country, regions of the world, perspectives and life experiences.

Ideally, US candidates should have at least seven years of experience, and international candidates should have at least five years of experience.


Fellows receive a stipend of USD 65,000 as well as supplements for housing, childcare, health insurance and moving expenses. Tuition costs at Stanford are also covered.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is  1 December 2015.

Applicants must fill out the application.

If you have any questions, email them at

For more information please visit the official website.

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