Fully Funded Remote Visiting Fellowships from Harvard's Nieman Foundation in the USA

Deadline : 25 Sep 2020

Nonprofit organization: Nieman Foundation

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Study level: Vocational Education

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Fully Funded Remote Visiting Fellowships from Harvard's Nieman Foundation in the USA

Nieman Foundation at Harvard University in the USA is offering remote Visiting Fellowships in support of projects that advance racial justice and public health journalism in the U.S. This special 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.

Fellowship Rules:

  • Those who should consider applying include journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, and others who want to make an impact on journalism. 
  • There is no age limit or academic prerequisites and a college degree is not required.
  • The fellowship is open to the broadest range of journalists, from those with legacy affiliations to those who work independently. Nieman is especially interested in 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants for this fellowship must be approved for work in the U.S.

Financial Support:

  • Nieman will support the fellows with a weekly stipend of $2,000, which will be paid monthly. 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.
  • 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.)

Fellowship Duration:

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 runs from Sept. 2020 through May 2021.

About Nieman Foundation:

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. She stated the goal was "to promote and elevate the standards of journalism in the United States and educate persons deemed specially qualified for journalism." It is based at Walter Lippmann House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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