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Our international and U.S. application deadlines have passed.

Who we’re looking for

A John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship has two primary components: Exploring and testing ideas for addressing a problem in journalism that is important to you, and identifying mindsets and tools needed to become a more resilient leader and change agent.

We are seeking fellows who:

  • Are fiercely committed to the future of journalism, in all of its messy uncertainty
  • Aren’t satisfied with the “way things have always been done”
  • Are eager to grow as journalists, as leaders, as people – they believe their best work and best selves are in front of them
  • Embrace diversity 
  • Are excited about the prospect of being coached through a deep examination of their mindsets and perceptions of themselves and their place in journalism
  • Like the idea of being “in fellowship” with a cohort of other journalists from varied professional and personal backgrounds
  • Are ready to set aside current work responsibilities and dig into a 10-month journey of professional and personal exploration.

During the 10-month fellowship, we provide our JSK Fellows individualized coaching, a cohort of their peers and guidance that sparks professional and personal transformation. In addition, fellows will have the time and freedom to tap into and explore the resources of this world-class university. We are especially interested in empowering those who are working to serve underrepresented communities. 

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We invite you to apply and join a fellowship of journalists who, like you, are motivated to grow professionally and personally.

We focus on creating a cohort experience that honors the rich diversity of the group and leads to a sense of fellowship and belonging.

Who is eligible

U.S. and international journalists with digital-native and legacy news organizations, independent journalists, journalism entrepreneurs and journalism innovators. 

Applicants need to have at least five years of full-time professional journalism experience. We do not require applicants to have a college degree, or experience in traditional newsrooms. 

We generally do not accept applications from people working in public information or public relations jobs, for trade and house newsletters or magazines, for government agencies, or in academic positions.

Our fellowship does not fund or support book projects or reporting projects, and we are not a business accelerator.

Applicants must demonstrate their ability and desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with people with a range of ideas and perspectives.

Benefits of our JSK Fellowship

During our 10-month fellowship, we provide JSK Fellows with individual coaching, tailored workshops on leadership, a cohort of their peers, and guidance that sparks professional and personal transformation.

Fellows also have the time and freedom to explore the resources of a world-class university. We help fellows to develop the leadership resilience and mindsets needed to effectively lead and navigate change for decades to come. 

JSK Fellows are welcomed as members of a global community working to improve journalism and gain new friendships, professional connections, and skills that will continue beyond the fellowship. We invest in each of our fellows as journalists — and as people — for life. 

We provide a stipend of $95,000, plus a housing supplement to help with your rent. In addition, for fellows with children up through high school graduation, we provide an additional supplemental payment. We also cover the cost of Stanford tuition for fellows and Stanford health insurance for fellows, spouses and children. We also help fellows find rental housing near campus.

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

Our expectations

Being a JSK Fellow is a full-time commitment. You will receive a monthly check, health insurance for you and your dependents, and be asked to forgo other professional work to focus on the fellowship experience. 

You will be expected to:

  • Be in residence at Stanford during the academic year, from September to June
  • Dedicate yourself full-time to the fellowship
  • Attend weekly meetings with your cohort and biweekly meetings with your adviser as well as other occasional JSK events
  • Publicly share your work and insights throughout the year
  • Work collaboratively with people who offer a range of ideas, experiences and perspectives.