Time to Apply! U.S. Fellowships for International Journalists

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Looking for some time away from the newsroom to pursue a special project? Want additional training on the newest digital tools to improve your reporting? Weeks or months-long fellowships at U.S. universities or organizations can provide the time, money and resources you need.

Below are application deadlines (ordered by date) for well-known U.S. fellowships open to journalists from around the world. For more opportunities, refer to GIJN’s popular guide of more than 70 fellowships and grant programs of interest to investigative journalists (also available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian).


Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships

As part of this short-term program, the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University selects at least five people from around the world to spend up to 12 weeks at the school working on special projects. The program is supported by the John and James L. Knight Foundation. The deadline is September 29, 2017.

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford

The JSK Fellows program focuses on “journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.” Journalists from across the world are chosen to participate in the 10-month program at Stanford University in California each year. Applications are open from October 2 to December 4, 2017.

Kiplinger Fellowship

The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism offers the Kiplinger Fellowship for journalists from around the world to spend a week at the Ohio State University for training on digital tools and tactics. Applications open October 2 and close on November 19, 2017.

Stigler Center Journalists in Residence Program

“Up-and-coming” journalists from around the world are invited to apply for this journalist-in-residence program in business reporting. For about 12 weeks, participants will audit classes, participate in events, collaborate with peers, socialize with the scholars at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Deadline to apply is October 23, 2017.

Nieman Fellowships

The Nieman Foundation selects up to 24 journalists each year to participate in a paid fellowship at Harvard University. There is also an opportunity to be chosen as a Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow in Journalism Innovation. The deadlines are as follows: December 1, 2017 (international journalists) and January 31, 2018 (US).

Knight-Wallace Fellowships

The Knight-Wallace Fellowship is for a year of academic study at the University of Michigan. There are typically 12 Americans and six international journalists chosen as part of the program which offers access to courses, seminars and workshops. US fellowships are offered for eight months, while international fellowships are offered for either four or eight months. The deadlines are as follows: December 1, 2017 (international applicants) and February 1, 2018 (US applicants).

World Press Institute Fellowship

The World Press Institute Fellowship is open to 10 experienced international journalists who will spend three weeks in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota before traveling to several US cities for briefings, interviews and visits. The program provides “immersion into the governance, politics, business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States.” WPI will start accepting applications for the 2018 program starting in December 2017.

Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT

The Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lasts for nine months and focuses on science, technology and journalism. The fellowship is open to ten science journalists from around the world. Details about the fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year will be announced in early 2018.

Persephone Miel Fellowship

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in collaboration with Internews, oversees this fellowship for journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers from outside the US to report on a topic particular to their home country, with emphasis given to those that are unreported or under-reported in mainstream media. The fellowship includes a trip to Washington, DC for a two-day workshop. Applications for 2018 will be open in 2018.

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

The International Women’s Media Foundation awards the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship to women journalists focusing on covering human rights and social justice. Journalists in this program combine academic research and professional reporting. The journalist selected will complete research and coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies and intern with media outlets like The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Applications will open in Spring 2018.


This post originally appeared on the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas blog and is reproduced here with permission.

Teresa Mioli, an online content coordinator at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, is a journalist interested in press freedom, democratization and investigative journalism in Latin America. 

One thought on “Time to Apply! U.S. Fellowships for International Journalists

  1. I have serious desire for investigative journalism although it’s risky in my country, Nigeria but I have a burning desire for it and would be glad if I would be considered for the fellowship.
    Thank you.

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