Partial Fellowships in Journalism and Politics from Harvard University 2020

Deadline : 01 Mar 2020

Nonprofit organization: Shorenstein Center

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Partial Fellowships in Journalism and Politics from Harvard University 2020

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School, is offering journalists, scholars, politicians, and policymakers an opportunity to be part of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship program for 2020. A Fellowship offers busy professionals the time and resources needed to think, research, and write on issues central to the center’s media and politics. 

About the program:

The primary focus of a fellow is to research and write a paper on a media/politics topic.  The Shorenstein Center strives to create an environment for fellows to do their best work, with faculty support, weekly discussion meetings with peers, and all the resources that Harvard has to offer, including world-class libraries and leading experts on a vast array of subjects. During the semester fellows will attend regular events hosted by the Center, including thought-provoking speakers from the media and social gatherings. Fellows leave the Center and have made lasting friendships and important professional connections.

Who should apply?

  1. Journalist: Reporters, editors, columnists, producers, media business executives and related, with a minimum of five years of full-time experience either at professional news organizations or as a full-time freelancer (not including work completed as a university student).
  2. Politician: Someone who has campaigned and been elected to a national or high-level state office, or communications professionals within politics and policy, e.g. speechwriters, press secretaries.
  3. Scholar: Tenured or tenure-track professor employed by a college, university or research institution in political science, political communication, journalism, international political communication, or a field relevant to the Shorenstein Center’s areas of inquiry.
  4. Policymaker: High-level official in a cabinet office or adviser to a candidate for national office.
  5. Applicants should not have participated in another fellowship within the two years prior to their preferred semester.
  6. Applicants must be fluent in English – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

What is expected of a fellow?

  1. Applicants must be available to be in residence, full-time, for one semester (September through December or February through May) in Cambridge, MA. Unfortunately, we cannot consider requests for remote or nonresidential fellowships.
  2. The Fellowship is a full-time appointment, and applicants are expected to commit to the work of completing their primary research project and engaging in the life of the Center, its activities and events. It is understood that busy modern professionals will have occasional essential obligations, and the Center aims to be considerate and flexible in such circumstances. However, any applicant with professional, personal or travel commitments that would require significant time away should consider applying when their schedule allows for the full commitment of a fellowship.

Financial assistance and benefits:

Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000, paid in monthly installments at the end of each month over the 4-month semester. Travel and living expenses are not covered by the Shorenstein Center. Fellows are provided with a workstation in the Shorenstein Center fellows’ suite, a computer, phone, Harvard email address, and a Harvard ID allowing access to libraries and other resources. Fellows are also able to select a paid Harvard Kennedy School student research assistant (eligible to work up to 10 hours per week) to work on their projects.

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