The Nieman Foundation - Journalism Fellowships

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The Nieman Foundation selects up to 12 U.S. and 12 international journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. Fellows selected include one U.S. citizen who reports on issues related to the field of business, and one U.S. citizen who works in community journalism, and at least one from the United States or abroad who proposes a project relating to journalism innovation.

Since 1938 more than 1,400 journalists from 92 countries and territories have come to Harvard for a year of learning, exploration and fellowship.

Nieman Fellowships are awarded to print, broadcast and online reporters, editors, photographers, producers, columnists, filmmakers and cartoonists with at least five years of full-time, professional experience in the news media.

Other professionals interested in researching projects designed to advance  journalism may be eligible for short-term Visiting Fellowships.

Nieman Fellowships are open to both U.S. citizens and journalists from other countries.


Applicants must be full-time journalists (including freelancers) with at least five years’ experience. Journalists may work for news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, filmmakers, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible.

Prospective Nieman fellows must be fluent in speaking, reading and writing English. All Nieman seminars and Harvard classes are in English, so proficiency in English is necessary to benefit fully from the Nieman experience.

While funds from the original Nieman bequest are restricted to U.S. citizens, international candidates selected as fellows work with the Nieman staff to find financial support from sources outside the Nieman Foundation. Obtaining funding is not a condition of being awarded a fellowship.


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