The Nieman Visiting Fellowships 2023-2024 for Journalist ( Funded to Harvard)
The Nieman Visiting Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism. Since this initiative’s inception in 2012, the program has awarded 69 visiting fellowships.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the movement for racial justice, the Nieman Foundation dedicated the 2021 fellowships to projects that advance racial justice and public health journalism in the U.S.
The Nieman Visiting Fellowships 2023-2024 for Journalist ( Funded to Harvard) Eligibility
- The proposed project must have the potential to advance journalism. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic.
- Those who should consider applying include journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics and others who want to make an impact. There is no age limit or academic prerequisites, and a college degree is not required. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.
- Candidates must be available to be in residence in Cambridge, Mass., for the duration of the fellowship.
- Prospective fellows must speak and read English fluently and have a command of written English.
Visiting fellowships take place during the calendar rather than the academic year. Applicants list their preferred start date, the number of weeks requested (no more than 12), and any flexibility regarding dates in the online application. 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. Most fellowships are between four and eight weeks.
For fellows not supported by an employer during the fellowship, a stipend of $1,325 per week will be provided. If an employer keeps the fellow on salary during the fellowship because the project benefits the organization, a fellowship stipend will not be provided.
If a fellow does not reside in the Boston area or otherwise have accommodations, free use of a furnished one-bedroom apartment will be available for the length of the fellowship.
Advice to Candidates
- A focused inquiry is better than a broad one. The time on campus speeds by, so having clear goals is essential.
- The visiting fellowship is best suited to individuals who are able to work independently. The experience is akin to an independent reporting assignment. Nieman Visiting Fellows set about their self-determined project work as a full-time job, with no constraints on their time. This is unlike our academic-year fellowship program, which is an experience structured around two semesters of course auditing and participation in Nieman programming.
- Preparation is vital to a successful fellowship. Fellows are expected to start their project on day one, having already completed preliminary research, identified and contacted sources at Harvard and elsewhere, and scheduled appointments with those people.
- Be sure to consider whether your needs are better met by our longer Nieman Fellowship, geared toward broader inquiry, leadership growth and professional development.
The Nieman Visiting Fellowships 2023-2024 for Journalist ( Funded to Harvard) – Apply
The application will require biographical information, a résumé or curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and a 600-word project proposal—an essay that describes the project you plan to pursue as a visiting fellow at Harvard.
The guiding questions to answer within the essay are:
- Which particular Harvard or local resources will be especially important and useful?
- How, specifically, will you use your fellowship time to advance the project?
- What will be the end product or result of your fellowship?
- How will your work benefit journalism?
Frequently Asked Questions
How many fellowships will be awarded?
At least five Nieman Visiting Fellows will be selected each calendar year. As many as 12 fellows have been selected in a given calendar year.
When will these fellowships take place?
Nieman will determine individual start dates in collaboration with each fellow. The fellowships (12 weeks or fewer) will be scheduled during the 2022 calendar year.
Will projects need to focus on racial justice and/or public health journalism to be eligible for the 2022 visiting fellowships?
No. We anticipate that the next round of applications will again invite any and all projects that advance journalism regardless of subject area. That said, to be clear, projects focusing on racial justice, public health journalism, and improving coverage of underreported stories and communities will continue to be encouraged and welcome.
Are travel expenses included in the financial support, or will they be reimbursed?
Fellows are responsible for booking and paying for travel arrangements to and from Cambridge, Mass. Although fellows may use stipend funds to cover those expenses, there is no separate allowance for travel and those expenses will not be reimbursed.
Will group projects be considered?
Although collaborative projects will be considered, a fellowship can be awarded to only one individual.
May I reapply if I was not awarded a fellowship previously?
Yes, of course! You will need to resubmit a complete application.
If I miss the application deadline, may I submit a late application?
The Nieman Foundation does not accept late applications.
May I apply for both the short-term fellowship and an academic-year fellowship in the same year?
- Please carefully review the eligibility requirements for each fellowship.
- Understand that the Nieman Visiting Fellowship is not a shortened version of a full academic-year fellowship. The focus of the visiting fellowship is the project; the academic-year fellowship is a structured experience including exploration of an individualized study plan through two semesters of course auditing at Harvard and participation in Nieman programming and events. We recommend deciding which program is best suited to your goals and applying for that one only.
- Nieman alumni of one fellowship category are not eligible to apply for a different one.
I still have a question. Who should I contact?
Send any questions to fellowship program administrator Nicole Arias at [email protected].
We are interested in any project that has the potential to advance journalism. Previous projects have ranged from how podcasts can help strengthen the position of public radio stations to how machine learning can help news organizations organize archival material to the impact of smartwatches and wearable devices on journalism.
Read the following project snapshots for examples of how previous fellows have used their time on campus.