Become a Fellow

Fellows ExploreEach year, we bring together up to 20 fellows from around the world to work on ideas to address the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help reimagine and transform journalism, you should apply for our program.

From September to June, JSK Fellows spend their time on individual and collaborative projects to address these challenges. Fellows also participate in special workshops and weekly events, explore the abundant resources on the Stanford campus and in Silicon Valley, and have the option of sitting in on classes. Stanford is home to some of the leading initiatives in journalism and communication, including the Computational Journalism Lab, the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. We enthusiastically include spouses, partners and families in fellowship life. If you are looking for a sabbatical or a solitary experience, the JSK Fellowships is not the program for you.

Applicants should propose a project that is focused on addressing some aspect of  what we believe are the most urgent problems facing journalism:

  • Challenging Misinformation and Disinformation
  • Holding the Powerful Accountable
  • Eradicating News Deserts and Strengthening Local News
  • Fighting Bias, Intolerance and Injustice

We expect that JSK Fellows will explore a range of issues in pursuing their projects, such as audience engagement, data science and new business models, and that they may leverage technology of all kinds, including artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Diversity of background, experience and viewpoints is a fundamental value of our program. Applicants must demonstrate their ability and desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with people with a range of ideas and perspectives. We want fellows who arrive at Stanford with more questions than answers, and who are open to having their assumptions and ideas challenged.

Our fellows have access to classes at Stanford, but we are not an academic program. We encourage our fellows to explore the breadth of Stanford and Silicon Valley, which extends far beyond the classroom.

We do not award fellowships to support:

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

Are you ready? You need to meet a few eligibility requirements, then apply online.