John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2017-18 at Stanford University

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2017-18 at Stanford University

Deadline: December 1, 2016

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford foster journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. A JSK Fellowship is a life-changing experience. Each year, they select up to 20 fellows from around the world and bring them together for 10 months (September to June) at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Immersed in the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of this region, they are inspired to let go of old assumptions and learn new ways of thinking and working.

The program is focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. They select JSK Fellows who are passionate about finding ways to address challenges facing journalism and journalists. To that end, they ask applicants to identify a challenge they want to pursue and tell us a little bit about it. Those who are selected for a fellowship spend a significant portion of their time here working on that challenge.


Several financial benefits, including a stipend of $65,000. In addition to the stipend, fellows are provided with additional funds designed to help with specific costs, such as housing, health insurance, child care and expenses related to work on their journalism challenges. (The amounts of these supplemental funds a fellow receives are based in part on family size and range from $13,000 to more than $50,000.)

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-notch Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is not uncommon for classes to be taught by people who also are working 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. A number of these events also are open to fellows’ children.
  • Spouses and partners are eligible to take classes and attend fellowship seminars just as the fellows do. Fellows’ children can attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some special fellowship social activities.
  • Exposure to the incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that about 20 fellows from all over the world bring to the program.
  • New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond your 10 months with them.


  • Experience
    • U.S. applicants for a JSK Fellowship ideally have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants ideally have at least five years. But we also consider less experienced applicants with outstanding achievements.
    • No college degree is required.
  • Professional Background
    • Applicants should fall into one or more of these categories:
      • Journalists employed by a news organization or journalism freelancers;
      • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators;
      • Journalism business and management executives.

Application Process

See applying for fellowship page.

For more information, visit JSK Fellowship.