Funded Research Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard's Nieman Foundation 2020

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2019/09/27
Funded Research Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard's Nieman Foundation 2020

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The Nieman Foundation is offering short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism, as part of the Knight Visiting Niewman Fellowships at Harvard University in the US. Since this initiative’s inception in 2012, the Nieman Foundation has awarded 42 visiting fellowships ranging between two and twelve weeks. Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows utilize the extensive resources at Harvard and MIT, including local scholars, research centers and libraries, to achieve concrete results, either developing a project that can be completed during the time spent at Harvard or as part of a larger undertaking that continues after the fellowship period ends. Visiting fellowships take place during the calendar rather than the academic year. Applicants list their preferred start date, the number of weeks requested (no more than 12), and any flexibility regarding dates in the online application. The Nieman Foundation will work with selected fellows to determine a start date. The duration of the fellowship awarded may be shorter than the number of weeks requested. Most fellowships are between four and eight weeks.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The proposed project must have the potential to advance journalism. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic.
  2. Applicants 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.
  3. Those who should consider applying include journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics and others who want to make an impact. There is no age limit or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.
  4. Candidates must be available to be in residence in Cambridge, Mass., for the duration of the fellowship.
  5. Prospective fellows must speak and read English fluently and have a command of written English.
  6. The visiting fellowship is best suited to individuals who are able to work independently. The experience is akin to an independent reporting assignment. Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows set about their self-determined project work as a full-time job, with no constraints on their time. This is unlike our academic-year fellowship program, which is an experience structured around two semesters of course auditing and participation in Nieman programming.
  7. Preparation is vital to a successful fellowship. Fellows are expected to start their project on day one, having already completed preliminary research, identified and contacted sources at Harvard and elsewhere, and scheduled appointments with those people.

Funding:

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.  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.

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Eligibility

Nationality
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Gender
Both gender
Interest
Media and Journalism

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Funding
Partial funding
Opportunity Coverage
Accommodation, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
United States
Required Documents
CV, Research Proposal, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Media and Journalism
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
English
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Nieman Foundation

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is the primary journalism institution at Harvard. It was founded in 1938... More details