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John S. Knight (JSK) Internation Journalism Fellowship Program 2019-2020, USA

Publish Date: Nov 22, 2018

Deadline: Dec 04, 2018

Apply now for the JSK Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020

The application period for the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020 is now open. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 4, 2018 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. Although we are not an academic program, they will have the option 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.

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 some sample projects (you can also check out the projects being explored by the JSK Class of 2019; in any case, please propose an original idea):

  • 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.

We provide JSK Fellows with several benefits, including base stipends of $85,000, health insurance and Stanford tuition, and we provide additional support for fellows with children. Partners and spouses of fellows experience some of the same benefits of the program, with some exceptions. 

We will group our 2019-2020 fellows into teams. This framework will allow fellows to find ready partners within their own class to explore key questions and journalistic passions together, seek potential solutions and learn from each other, while celebrating the different experiences and perspectives that make up the class. Fellows will continue to work on their individual projects, or they may develop a joint project to tackle with their team. We also envision other collaborations, such as fellows tapping JSK alumni already working in their areas of interest, as well as others at Stanford and beyond.

Please check out our eligibility requirements here.

We expect that applicants will explore a range of issues in pursuing their journalism project, 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.

Here are some tips for creating a great application:

  • 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,, 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. You can begin working on your application now and return throughout the open application period to complete it.
  • Seek your recommendation letters soon: You need three professional recommendation letters, which must be submitted by the application deadlines, which are Dec. 4, 2018 for international applicants and Jan. 31, 2019 for U.S. applicants. Recommenders submit letters directly to our application system and you are responsible for beginning the process that gives them access to the system. That’s one more reason to begin your application early.
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