Knight Fellowships

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Fellowship Application
What Is the Fellowship?

The Joan Shorenstein Center offers a one-semester fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Fellows are domestic or international journalists, scholars and/or policymakers who are interested in the influence of the press on public policy and politics.

The fellowships offers a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows participate in weekly seminars with scholars, a luncheon speakers series with invited journalists or policymakers and in other organized programs of the Shorenstein Center and Harvard University. The Fellowship Program is not a degree or journalism training program.

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to advance existing research in press/politics and to provide an opportunity for distinguished experts to reflect on their discipline. Our goal is to foster a collegial and intellectual environment that will enrich and complement one’s knowledge of the field. The primary focus for a fellow in residence is a paper (approximately 15 pages in length) on a topic examining and analyzing the influence of the press on politics and public policy in the domestic or international arena.

* Applicants must be fluent in reading, writing and speaking English.
* Applicants must be journalists, scholars or policymakers active in the field of press, politics and public policy.
* Fellows are required to live in residence for one semester (fall semester runs approximately September through December; spring semester runs approximately February through May).
* Domestic and international applicants are eligible.
* Stipend: $30,000 disbursed in four installments over the semester. Travel and living expenses are not covered by the Center.
* Office space, computer, printer and telephone are provided.
* All application materials must be received on or before FEBRUARY 1, 2011.

How to Apply

Applicants may submit materials either as printed hard copies OR electronic files. Download a PDF of the fellowship application form.

Originals of the following documents must be received on or before February 1, 2011. PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE.

* A cover letter from the applicant stating interest in the fellowship.
* Completed fellowship application form.
* A three- to five-page research project proposal.
* A curriculum vitae/résumé.
* Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the work of the applicant.

Please mail materials to:

Fellowship Program Director
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

OR email files to Edith Holway:

For more information contact Edith Holway:
phone: 617-495-8269 | fax: 617-495-8696

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