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JSK Fellowships application period opening Nov. 1

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The application period for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University opened on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

JSK will select up to 20 journalists from around the world for the 2024-25 fellowships, which run from September 2024 to June 2025 on the Stanford campus.

JSK Fellows step back from their regular professional responsibilities to work on individual projects while also participating in programming and workshops that JSK designs to help develop leadership resilience.

The deadline for international applications is Dec. 6, 2023; U.S. applications are due by Jan. 24, 2024.

Applicants identify a challenge in journalism they would want to focus on during the fellowship. The challenge could be a problem that needs to be solved, poses a threat to journalism or it could be an opportunity that has the potential to help improve journalism.

JSK plans to host a series of webinars in Zoom during which JSK directors will answer questions about the program and the application. The next webinar will be Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Future webinars will be:

The webinar recordings will be posted on the JSK YouTube channel.

The program’s four call-to-action themes guide all of its work:

  • Challenging misinformation and disinformation
  • Holding the powerful accountable
  • Strengthening local news
  • Fighting bias, intolerance and injustice

“We invest in emerging and established journalism leaders from a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences who are eager to grow professionally and personally,” said JSK Director Dawn Garcia. “We’re looking for people who are not happy with the status quo in journalism, who want to work on new ideas for addressing gaps in news and information needed to create and sustain democratic communities.”

A JSK Fellowship provides the time, tools and coaching to help them learn new mindsets and build the resilience needed to sustain their journalism in these times of uncertainty.

In addition to their project work, fellows participate in weekly group meetings that include custom-designed leadership workshops and skills training as well as informal discussions with experts from Stanford and beyond. Fellows also are free to sit in on many classes at the university, attend public talks and events the university hosts every week and take advantage of world-class recreation and fitness facilities.

JSK provides fellows with several benefits, including a living stipend of $95,000, plus supplements to help with living expenses, such as rent. The fellowship also covers the cost of Stanford tuition for fellows and Stanford health insurance for fellows, spouses and children. JSK staff help fellows find rental housing near campus.

After an initial review process of all applications by members of the JSK leadership team and program alumni, selected applicants will be invited to video interviews with the JSK directors in late winter and early spring.

Fellows will be selected in the spring of 2024.

Please visit our Become a fellow page for more information. Follow @JSKstanford on X (Twitter) for updates about our application and future webinars. Information and registration links for future webinars will also be published on our website.