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The application period for the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020 is now open. The deadline has passed for international applicants. U.S. applicants have until Jan. 31, 2019 to complete their applications.
We will select up to 20 fellows for our next class. From September 2019 to June 2020, those fellows will spend their time on individual and collaborative projects.
We expect that applicants will explore a range of issues in pursuing their journalism projects, such as audience engagement, data science and new business models, and that they may leverage technology of all kinds in exploring their idea, including artificial intelligence and the internet of things.
Two members of the class will help us pioneer a new partnership with the Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Initiative to help AI serve humanity in ethical ways. The JSK-HAI Fellows will belong to our program, but they will have the additional benefit of working in an interdisciplinary Stanford community focused on studying and shaping AI. Although multiple fellows may work on AI-related projects, we will designate two applicants from the cohort for this new collaboration.
Please check out our eligibility requirements here.
The JSK Journalism Fellowships supports diverse leaders from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to the most urgent issues facing journalism, which we define as:
- Challenging Misinformation and Disinformation.
- Holding the Powerful Accountable.
- Eradicating News Deserts and Strengthening Local News.
- Fighting Bias, Intolerance and Injustice.
The project you propose should have the potential to create meaningful change and help advance the work of journalists in addressing those issues. Your project must be framed with a short description or headline that fits within the broad context of the themes, but you do not have to choose a specific classification for your project. Here are projects being explored by the JSK Class of 2019.
Here are some sample projects:
- Journalists use machine learning to identify and counter misinformation.
- Investigative journalists build collaborative networks to better track the investments of political leaders.
- News organizations engage community groups in helping disseminate information to local residents.
This is not a scholarly research project. Instead, as part of their project work, JSK Fellows are expected to seek and test ideas that further their understanding of the problem and the potential solutions they are developing.
Benefits of a Fellowship
Although we are not an academic program, Fellows and affiliates have the opportunity to sit in on Stanford classes, while also participating in special workshops and weekly events, and exploring the abundant resources at Stanford University and throughout Silicon Valley.
We provide JSK Fellows with several benefits, including base stipends of $85,000, health insurance and Stanford tuition. There is an additional support for fellows with children. Partners and spouses of fellows experience some of the same benefits of the program, with some exceptions.
For more details, read our Benefits of a Fellowship page.
The first step in applying for the JSK Journalism Fellowship is to create an account here. You can begin working on your application now and return throughout the open application period to complete it.
Who Can Apply
We consider journalists employed by a news organization or freelance journalists, journalism entrepreneurs and innovators, and journalism business and management executives. We do not require applicants to have a college degree for various reasons. Read more about the eligibility requirements here.
Advice for Applicants
- Invite criticism: Have others review your proposal, and give them enough time to give you meaningful feedback.
- Report it out: Define what makes your proposal different from others on the subject, and explain why you should pursue your project at Stanford University.
- Get to know JSK: Read our website, jsk.stanford.edu, especially the Become a Fellow section, and learn about the work of our current fellows and alumni. Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
- Beat the deadline: Set aside plenty of time to work on your application. The deadline has passed for international applicants, Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 31, 2019 if you are a U.S. applicant.
- Seek your recommendation letters soon: You need three professional recommendation letters, which must be submitted by the application deadlines. Recommenders submit letters directly to our application system and you are responsible for beginning the process that gives them access. That’s one more reason to begin your application early!
Completed applications and your three recommendation letters must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 31, 2019 if you are a U.S. applicant. The deadline has passed for international applicants.
In early 2019, we plan to extend fellowships to international finalists, and we will invite U.S. finalists to Stanford for interviews.
We will announce the JSK Fellowships Class of 2020 in April 2019.