Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism 2018/2019

Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism 2018/2019

Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Colombia Journalism School is now accepting applications for the 2018/2019 Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. The fellowship aims at providing accomplished journalists an intensive, sharply focused study of business, economics and finance. It offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a yearlong, full-time program administered by the Journalism School.

Fellows take courses at Columbia’s graduate schools of journalism, business, law and international affairs; participate in off-the-record seminars and dinner meetings with corporate executives, economists and academics; and attend briefings and field trips to New York-based media companies and financial institutions. The core of the Knight­-Bagehot curriculum consists of courses offered by Columbia University. Knight­-Bagehot fellows will be allowed to choose from two academic tracks: the Certificate in Economics and Business Journalism or the Master of Arts in Journalism.

In scope and depth, it is the most comprehensive business journalism fellowship in the country. Eligible Knight-Bagehot fellows (those with a B.A. degree from an accredited college) may qualify for a Master of Arts degree in journalism upon completion of this rigorous program.

Fellowship Details and Benefits

The program runs during Columbia’s academic year from August through May and accepts up to 10 fellows each year.

Each Fellow receives free tuition plus a stipend to offset living expenses in New York City. For the 2018-2019 academic year, a stipend of $60,000 will be granted to each fellow. Housing is available in a Columbia ­affiliated facility.


  • The fellowship is open to full-time editorial employees of newspapers, magazines, wire services, digital media and broadcast news organizations as well as to freelance journalists.
  • Applicants must have at least four years of experience.
  • There are no academic prerequisites.
  • The affiliation of applicants is not a factor in the selection process.
  • Journalists from nationally known organizations are not given preference over those from smaller regional media.

The chief criterion for selection is demonstrated journalistic excellence. While essays and letters of recommendation are important parts of the application, the greatest weight is given to work samples.

Applicants’ employers, except under unusual circumstances, should submit a letter supporting the application, but applicants are not required to obtain formal employer approval. Fellows are encouraged to return to their employers at the end of their year at Columbia.


All materials, including letters of reference, college transcripts, essays and work samples should be compiled and submitted with the application form.

For more information, visit Knight-Bagehot Fellowship.