About The Fellowship
Become a Fellow
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A JSK Fellowship is a life-changing experience. Each year, we select fellows from around the world and bring them together for 10 months (September to June) at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
We are looking for people who want to be deeply engaged in exploring solutions to the biggest challenges facing journalism. For our 2017-18 class of fellows, we will consider applicants who want to pursue questions that fall within one of these topic areas:
(We’re including some hypothetical questions as examples — you should propose any question you want to pursue that you think fits into one of these topic areas.)
Data Journalism, Algorithms, Info Visualization and Artificial Intelligence (e.g., How might we detect newsworthy anomalies and insights into campaign finance data?)
Emerging Technology, including Drones, Sensors, and Virtual Reality (e.g., How might we harness environmental sensor data to discover stories?)
Audience Engagement and Diverse Viewpoints (e.g., How might we use social media to engage audiences with diverse perspectives?)
Free Speech and Democracy (e.g., How might we make reporting in an emerging democracy more free, safe and secure?)
News Ecosystem and Business Models (e.g., How might we create new funding revenue for original investigative work?)
Fellows who have articulated questions in the same topic area will be teamed up to collaborate throughout the year. Successful applicants will have demonstrated an ability and desire to work collaboratively.
We want fellows who arrive at Stanford with more questions than answers, and who are open to having their assumptions and ideas challenged.
Through individual and group coaching, as well as special workshops and weekly events, we help our fellows become leaders and change agents to re-imagine journalism’s future.
Diversity of background, experience and viewpoints is a fundamental value of our program.
If you are looking for a sabbatical or a solitary experience, this is not the program for you. JSK Fellows spend a significant portion of their time pursuing projects and participating together in weekly and special events we organize, while also taking advantage of other activities at Stanford and in Silicon Valley. They will have access to classes at Stanford, but we are not a graduate program. Those who are seeking primarily an academic experience would not be a good fit for our fellowship.
We do not award fellowships to support:
- Reporting projects
- Academic research projects/publishing
- Book projects
- Startups and/or founders seeking a business accelerator experience.
We enthusiastically include spouses, partners and families in fellowship life.
You need to meet a few eligibility requirements. Applications are accepted online.
Benefits of a Fellowship
Walk to the dishEach year, up to 20 journalists from all over the world come together as JSK Fellows for 10 months of learning, collaborating, creating and fun. We enthusiastically include families in fellowship life.
To help fellows get the most out of their year, we provide several financial benefits, including a stipend of $75,000. In addition to this stipend, for fellows with young children we provide a child care supplement of $15,000 to $40,000, based on the number of children who come to Stanford for the year. Separately, we cover the cost of Stanford tuition and Stanford health care for fellows and their families, ranging from about $20,000 to $28,000.
The total financial support to fellows ranges from $95,000 to $143,000.
Other benefits of a JSK Fellowship:
- Access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and organizations, from technology giants to hot new startups to Stanford’s 100-plus special institutes and centers.
- Opportunities to join classes taught by top-notch Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is not uncommon for classes to be taught by people who also are working in the private sector.
- A rich intellectual and cultural campus life, including live theater, music and dance performances and special lectures and events.
- Fellowship social events where everyone can get to know one another. A number of these events also are open to fellows’ children.
- Spouses and partners are eligible to take classes and attend fellowship seminars just as the fellows do. Fellows’ children can attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some special fellowship social activities.
- Exposure to the incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that about 20 fellows from all over the world bring to the program.
- New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond your 10 months with us.
Applications for the 2017-18 JSK Fellowships are open. The deadline for applying is December 1, 2016.
To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.