Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship

The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities, each year, the Nieman Foundation awards paid fellowships to up to 24 journalists. The Nieman Foundation awards paid fellowships to up to 24 journalists working in print, broadcast, digital and audiovisual media. The fellowship is available for both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply. Foundation works with several international foundations that provide stipendiary support to citizens of certain nations or regions of the world. Nieman Foundation provide a stipend of $65,000 paid over a nine-month period to cover living costs

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is the primary journalism institution at Harvard. It was founded in 1938 as the result of a $1.4 million bequest by Agnes Wahl Nieman, the widow of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of The Milwaukee Journal.


The Fellowship will be strategically awarded to

  • All applicants for Nieman Fellowships, including freelancers, must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience.
  • Journalism-related work completed as a university student does not count as professional experience. People who work in public relations or at organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible to apply.
  • There are no age limits or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required

How to Apply:

Firstly you may register yourself to apply for the fellowship program through the link:

Supporting Documents:

To complete your application, please submit the following supporting documents:

  • Two essays: all fellowship candidates must submit two essays: a personal statement and a proposal for study at Harvard.
  • Study plan: Provide a brief summary (50 words) of your study plan.
  • Work samples: Work samples collectively should run no longer than 60 minutes. Include a written synopsis of each sample with a brief description of your involvement in each piece. Video files up to 500MB each and audio files up to 60MB each may be uploaded to the application,
  • A professional profile: Provide a short profile (no more than 100 words) that summarizes your professional career including your current position (work title and news organization, if appropriate)
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid and Award Money:             

  • Nieman Fellows will receive a stipend of $65,000 paid over a nine-month period to cover living costs.
  • The Nieman Foundation also provides housing, childcare, and health insurance allowances based on the number and ages of family members.
  • Nieman additionally covers the cost of attending Harvard classes for fellows and their affiliates.

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship

Application Deadline: 

Application deadline for 2018 scholarship program is September 29, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For questions about the application process, you can contact Nieman Fellowship program administrator Nicole Arias or call 617-495-2238.

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