Supporting Journalism Leaders

Based at Stanford University in Northern California, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are creating solutions to journalism’s most urgent problems.

We focus on helping these journalism leaders succeed as effective change agents, improving the access to information people need to create and sustain democratic communities.

What’s happening

Essays from the 2020 Fellows
Insights and experiences from the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020.

INN head Sue Cross, JSK alumna María Teresa Ronderos join JSK Journalism Fellowships Board of Visitors
Sue Cross is executive director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News. María Teresa Ronderos is director and co-founder of the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism.

Become a fellow

Each year, we bring together up to 20 fellows from around the world to spend 10 months at Stanford University working on solutions to the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help reimagine and transform journalism, apply to our program. If you want to learn more about partnering with us or wish to support our work through philanthropy, please reach out to one of our directors or email jskfellowships@stanford.edu

Who can be a fellow

U.S. applicants typically have at least seven years of full-time professional experience, and international applicants typically have at least five years of experience. We do not require applicants to have a college degree.

Benefits of a fellowship

We provide fellows with a monthly stipend during their 10 months at Stanford to cover their cost of living. Fellows have access to the resources of a world-class university and can explore Silicon Valley and its many dimensions for their project or personal and professional growth. Stanford is home to some of the leading initiatives in journalism, communication and the media, including the Computational Journalism Lab, the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

Applying for a fellowship

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in the fall. Learn more about our program on the Become a fellow page.


The directors set the strategic direction for the program and provide guidance for fellows and alumni.

Dawn Garcia
Dawn Garcia
Michael Bolden
Michael D. Bolden
managing director
Pam Maples
Pam Maples
managing director