Candidates 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. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies, or another topic. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.
In addition to working journalists, publishers, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, and others interested in enhancing quality may consider applying for the scholarship. Project proposals may be completed during the time spent at Harvard or may be part of a larger undertaking. All visiting fellows are expected to be in residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts during their study and present their findings to the Nieman community at the end of their research period. There are no academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required.
Successful applicants are invited to the Nieman Foundation for a period ranging from a few weeks to three months, depending on the scope of the project. Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows have access to the extensive resources at Harvard and throughout Cambridge, including local scholars, research centers, and libraries, as well as projects housed at the Nieman Foundation.
- Citizens of all countries are eligible to apply;
- Candidates need to demonstrate journalistic skills and knowledge of the field, have relevant experience, and present a detailed description of the research or study that they are willing to conduct during the fellowship;
- Along with the online application, candidates need to submit personal statements of up to 1,000 words, a proposal for study at Harvard (up to 500 words), a professional profile summarizing the candidate’s career experience, and work samples.