Become a Fellow

JSK fellows on campusA JSK Fellowship is a life-changing experience. Each year, we select fellows from around the world and bring them together for 10 months (September to June) at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

We are looking for people who want to be deeply engaged in exploring solutions to the biggest challenges facing journalism. For our 2017-18 class of fellows, we will consider applicants who want to pursue questions that fall within one of these topic areas:

(We’re including some hypothetical questions as examples — you should propose any question you want to pursue that you think fits into one of these topic areas.)

Data Journalism, Algorithms, Info Visualization and Artificial Intelligence (e.g., How might we detect newsworthy anomalies and insights into campaign finance data?)  

Emerging Technology, including Drones, Sensors, and Virtual Reality (e.g., How might we harness environmental sensor data to discover stories?)

Audience Engagement and Diverse Viewpoints (e.g., How might we use social media to engage audiences with diverse perspectives?)

Free Speech and Democracy (e.g., How might we make reporting in an emerging democracy more free, safe and secure?)

News Ecosystem and Business Models (e.g., How might we create new funding revenue for original investigative work?)

Fellows who have articulated questions in the same topic area will be teamed up to collaborate throughout the year. Successful applicants will have demonstrated an ability and desire to work collaboratively.

We want fellows who arrive at Stanford with more questions than answers, and who are open to having their assumptions and ideas challenged.

Through individual and group coaching, as well as special workshops and weekly events, we help our fellows become leaders and change agents to re-imagine journalism’s future.  

Diversity of background, experience and viewpoints is a fundamental value of our program.

If you are looking for a sabbatical or a solitary experience, this is not the program for you. JSK Fellows spend a significant portion of their time pursuing projects and participating together in weekly and special events we organize, while also taking advantage of other activities at Stanford and in Silicon Valley. They will have access to classes at Stanford, but we are not a graduate program. Those who are seeking primarily an academic experience would not be a good fit for our fellowship.

We do not award fellowships to support:

  • Reporting projects
  • Academic research projects/publishing
  • Book projects
  • Startups and/or founders seeking a business accelerator experience.

We enthusiastically include spouses, partners and families in fellowship life.

You need to meet a few eligibility requirements. Applications are accepted online.