Joan Shorenstein Journalism Fellowship at Harvard

Deadline: 1 February 2016
Open to:  journalist, politician, scholar or policymaker currently active in the field
Fellowship: USD 30,000 for one semester, office space, computer and telephone


The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners.

The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a paper on a media/politics topic. It is a highly selective program; only a very small percentage of applicants are accepted. The Center hosts eight one-semester residential fellowships each year (four per semester).


1. Must be a full-time journalist, politician, scholar or policymaker currently active in the field;

    • Journalist: Reporter, editor, producer with a minimum of five years experience at a news organization (print, broadcast, Internet) immediately prior to submitting Fellowship application;
    • Politician: Someone who has campaigned and been elected to a national or high-level state office;
    • Scholar: Tenured or tenure-track professor in political science, political communication, journalism, international political communication with a strong record of book and journal publications. The applicant must be employed by a college, university or research institution for seven years or more;
    • Policymaker: High-level official in a cabinet office or adviser to a candidate for national office. Minimum 10 years experience in equivalent role.

2. Must be available to be in residence, full-time, for one semester (September through December or February through May) in Cambridge, MA;

3. The applicant should not have participated in another fellowship within the two years prior to their preferred semester at Harvard;

4. Applicants must be fluent in English – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL or IELTS score.


Stipend is USD 30,000 for one semester. Travel and living expenses are not covered by the Shorenstein Center. Office space, computer and telephone are provided.

How to apply?

Fill in the online applications latest by 1 February 2016 for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

If you have any questions contact Katie Miles[email protected].

For more information please visit the official website.

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