Get up to $2,000 Fellowship Stipend for Journalists in the United States in the Nieman Visiting Fellowships 2021

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Sign up for the 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellowships to participate in a remote fellowship supporting journalism projects that promote racial justice and public health in the U.S.

Selected fellows will receive monthly stipends while working with the fellowship organizers to actualize these projects. Additional funding may also be requested.

Application Deadline: September 25, 2020

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Benefits

Visiting Fellows in the Nieman fellowship will receive:

  • A weekly stipend of $2,000, which will be paid monthly. 
  • The opportunity to work remotely but also closely with the Nieman staff, Harvard experts, and members of Nieman’s vast alumni network, who can serve as advisers.
  • Access to utilize the extensive resources at Harvard University, including scholars, research centers and libraries, either in developing a project that can be completed during the visiting fellowship or as part of a larger undertaking that continues after the fellowship period ends. 
  • An invitation to virtually attend relevant programs organized for members of the yearlong Nieman Fellows class of 2021. 

Eligibility

The fellowship is open

  • To Journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics and others who want to make an impact on journalism.
  • To Those with legacy affiliations and those who work independently. 
  • Especially to applicants from community media (including but not limited to Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous news outlets) and anyone who works to serve communities that are underrepresented in media.

Requirements/Specifications 

  • If an employer chooses to keep the fellow on salary during the fellowship, Nieman will offer all the same research and potential training support, but a stipend will not be provided.
  • Fellows may request for additional funding of up to $5,000 for project-related expenses.
  • There is no age limit or academic prerequisites and a college degree is not required.
  • Although collaborative projects will be considered, a fellowship would be awarded to only one individual.
  • Applicants for this fellowship must be approved for work in the U.S.
  • Applicants will not be expected to take a leave of absence from their organizations if awarded a Visiting Fellowship. 

Those who intend to continue their work within a news organization must request a letter of support from their supervisor, which should state the intent of the news organization to permit the applicant to work on the project for the duration of the fellowship period.

  • Freelance applicants and academics are not required to have a letter of support but should indicate potential partner organizations for any publishing or other actionable component of their project.
  • Visiting Fellows are expected to share their progress and findings either through publication on one of Nieman’s websites—Nieman Reports, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Nieman Storyboard—or in another medium better suited to the project.
  • Potential newsroom training and project-related funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

To be considered for these opportunities, applicants should prepare a brief overview of the requested training and/or a budget outlining project-related funding needs. (Training could include a spectrum of journalistic skills, from data mining to narrative writing.)

  • Visiting Fellowship applicants should list their preferred start date and the number of weeks requested, which should not exceed 20. 
  • The Nieman Foundation will work with selected fellows to determine a start date. The duration of the fellowship awarded may be shorter than the number of weeks requested.

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Application Instructions

To apply, 

  • Provide a short (maximum of 600 words) proposal.
  • Click here to apply    

About the Nieman Visiting Fellowships

In order to bring about urgent changes to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic and advance the movement for racial justice in the American society, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is dedicating its next round of Visiting Fellowships to journalism projects that address these two challenges.

For a year, commencing this fall, this initiative will provide targeted research opportunities and specialized training to individuals with concrete and innovative ideas supporting one or more of the following goals:

  • Advance the representation of journalists of color throughout the news industry
  • Improve coverage of underreported stories and communities
  • Explain the impact of coronavirus on an area or group
  • Enhance reporting expertise and coverage of public health in a community

Visiting Fellows will work remotely but closely with Nieman staff, Harvard experts, and members of Nieman’s vast alumni network.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application for the fellowship will close by the deadline of September 25. 

Nieman will determine individual start dates in collaboration with each fellow. 

The fellowships (20 weeks or fewer) will be scheduled within the 2020-2021 academic year, which will run from September 2020 through May 2021.

Selection of some fellows may occur prior to the deadline.

Selections will be made on a rolling basis, and fellowship offers will likely be completed by Oct. 30, 2020.

The fellowship will take place remotely. 

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