2020 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

Deadline: December 4, 2019.

The JSK Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to journalism’s biggest problems. We focus on accelerating change in the journalism industry to improve the access to information people need to create and sustain democratic communities.

Journalism fellowships at Stanford started in 1966 with a powerful idea: giving journalists broad access to a great university, which would pay off in superb journalism.



1. If you are looking for a sabbatical or a solitary experience, the JSK Fellowships is not the program for you.

2. Applicants should propose a project that is focused on addressing some aspect of  what they believe are the most urgent problems facing journalism:

  • Challenging Misinformation and Disinformation
  • Holding the Powerful Accountable
  • Eradicating News Deserts and Strengthening Local News
  • Fighting Bias, Intolerance and Injustice

3. They expect that JSK Fellows will explore a range of issues in pursuing their projects, such as audience engagement, data science and new business models, and that they may leverage technology of all kinds, including artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

4. Diversity of background, experience and viewpoints is a fundamental value of our program.

5. Applicants must demonstrate their ability and desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with people with a range of ideas and perspectives.

6. They want fellows who arrive at Stanford with more questions than answers, and who are open to having their assumptions and ideas challenged.



1. JSK Fellows are provided with several financial benefits, including a stipend of $85,000.

2. In addition to this stipend, they provide an additional supplement for fellows with children.

3. They also cover the cost of Stanford tuition and Stanford health care for fellows, spouses and children.

4. They also help fellows find housing.

5. Other benefits of a JSK Fellowship:

  • Access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and organizations, from technology giants to hot new startups to Stanford’s 100-plus special institutes and centers.
  • Opportunities to join classes taught by top Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is common for classes to be taught by people who also work in the vanguard of their fields in the private sector.
  • A rich intellectual and cultural campus life, including live theater, music and dance performances and special lectures and events.
  • Fellowship social events where everyone can get to know one another.
  • Spouses and partners are eligible to take some classes and attend many fellowship seminars. Fellows’ children attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some fellowship social activities (See: JSK Fellowship experience enriches the lives of the entire family).
  • Exposure to the incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that fellows from all over the world bring to the program.
  • New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond the 10 months fellows spend at Stanford.






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