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Stanford University JSK Journalism Fellowships, USA 2024

Application is now open for the JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Stanford University and Fellowship

A private research institution in Stanford, California is known as Stanford University (formally known as Leland Stanford Junior University). At 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), the campus is one of the biggest in the country and is home to more than 17,000 students. Stanford is regarded as one of the world’s most distinguished universities.

To build and maintain strong democratic communities, the university is looking for journalists who are willing to investigate, find, and test ideas for enhancing people’s access to news and information. To focus on this work and the fellowship programs they have created to assist them in building the leadership resilience required for these unpredictable times, applicants should be ready to take a leave of absence from their professional commitments.


You should apply if you:

  • Feel that your finest work is still ahead of you and that you want to develop as a journalist and leader.
  • Are thrilled about the chance to receive coaching that will involve a thorough analysis of your thinking, how you see yourself, and where you fit in the media industry?
  • Desire to be “in fellowship” with a group of journalists who come from a variety of experiences, both personally and professionally.
  • Seek, welcome, and give priority to diversity
  • Are prepared to abandon your current job and go on a 10-month journey of personal and professional discovery?
  • Are dedicated to their career in journalism.

JSK directors will respond to inquiries on the program and the application via a series of webinars that the organization intends to hold via Zoom. On Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. Pacific time, there will be a webinar.

The Experience

A JSK Fellowship combines a one-on-one experience with twice-weekly cohort activities, such as skill-building sessions, leadership seminars, and talks with visiting experts. Fellows have a great deal of autonomy in determining how they spend their time and tackle the journalistic problem they choose to concentrate on, aside from these obligations to the cohort. Every fellow has frequent meetings with their major adviser for the year, one of the JSK directors. There’s no one magic formula for a fellowship year that works.

Details about the JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Stanford University, USA

Scholarship Value: $95,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Fellowship

Host Institution(s): Stanford University, USA


The fellowship provides JSK Fellows:

  • Personalized seminars and one-on-one coaching to support the growth of the resilience and attitudes required for effective change management and leadership
  • A carefully thought-out cohort program that provides chances to build deep, long-lasting connections on the personal and professional levels
  • Time and flexibility to delve into the best university’s intellectual holdings
  • Involvement with a global network of JSK alumni
  • A $95,000 stipend and housing assistance to help cover rent.
  • Stanford health insurance for fellows, wives, and kids, as well as Stanford tuition for fellows. In addition, the institution provides fellows with pointers and counsel on where to rent.

Note: Families, partners, and spouses are warmly welcomed within the university’s fellowship life.


Becoming a JSK Fellow is a substantial commitment, and fellows are expected to fully engage in the program. Here are the key expectations and commitments for JSK Fellows:

  1. JSK Fellows are required to commit their full time to the fellowship experience. This means setting aside other professional work to focus exclusively on the fellowship.
  2. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Stanford University during the academic year, typically from September to June.
  3. Fellows are required to attend weekly meetings with their cohort, which is the group of fellows who are part of the program in the same year. Additionally, they are expected to have biweekly meetings with their adviser to discuss their projects and progress. Fellows may also be asked to participate in other occasional JSK events.
  4. JSK Fellows are encouraged to publicly share their work and insights throughout the fellowship year. This can involve sharing research, projects, or ideas with the broader community.
  5. Collaboration is a significant part of the JSK Fellowship experience. Fellows are expected to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds who offer a wide range of ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This collaborative approach can lead to new insights and innovative solutions.

Eligibility Criteria for JSK Journalism Fellowships

Journalists from the United States and other countries work for heritage and digitally native news institutions, as well as freelance reporters, media entrepreneurs, and innovators. 

Candidates must have worked as full-time professionals in journalism for at least five years. Neither a college degree nor prior experience working in a regular newspaper is required of candidates. (While working as a summer intern or student journalist is an excellent experience, it does not count toward the five-year requirement.)

Those employed by government agencies, in academic positions, in trade and industry newsletters or periodicals, or public information or public relations are not eligible to apply for this program. The fellowship is neither a business accelerator nor does it assist or finance reporting or book initiatives.

Note: Candidates must exhibit their capacity and willingness to engage with others who hold a variety of opinions and viewpoints courteously and cooperatively.

Application Procedure for JSK Journalism Fellowships

Interested and eligible applicants should log in or register for the fellowship. International applications must be presented by 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Dec 6, 2023. U.S. applications must be submitted by 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. Have questions? If you don’t find the answer in the FAQ, please email jskfellowships@stanford.edu. You can also visit the official website for additional details.

The Application Deadline is: January 24, 2024

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