Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program at Harvard Kennedy School 2022-2023 (Stipend of $30,000)

The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program 2022-2023 is now accepting applications.

The Fellowship is intended to provide journalists, researchers, politicians, and policymakers a chance to reflect.

A Fellowship provides time and resources for busy professionals to think, investigate, and write on problems essential to our media and politics.

A fellow’s major responsibility is to do research and prepare a paper on a media/politics issue.

The Shorenstein Center tries to establish an atmosphere in which fellows can perform their best work, with faculty assistance, weekly peer discussion groups, and access to all of Harvard’s resources, including world-class libraries and renowned experts on a wide range of issues.

Throughout the semester, fellows will attend regular Center activities, such as thought-provoking media speakers and social gatherings.

Fellows depart the Center with lifelong friendships and vital professional contacts.

Fellowship

Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend, which is paid in monthly installments at the conclusion of each month throughout the four-month semester. The Shorenstein Center does not cover travel or housing costs.

Fellows are given a workstation at the Shorenstein Center fellows’ suite, as well as a computer, phone, Harvard email account, and a Harvard ID that allows them access to libraries and other resources.

Fellows may also hire a compensated Harvard Kennedy School student research assistant (up to 10 hours per week) to work on their projects.

Requirements for the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program

  • To be eligible for a Shorenstein Fellowship, applicants must be a working journalist, politician, academic, or policymaker who is presently or has recently been engaged in their area.

a. Journalist

Reporters, editors, columnists, producers, media business executives, and anyone with at least five years of full-time experience in professional news organizations or as a full-time freelancer are encouraged to apply (not including work completed as a university student).

b. Politician

Someone who has campaigned for and been elected to a national or high-level state position, as well as communications specialists in politics and policy, such as speechwriters and press secretaries.

c. Scholar

Tenured or tenure-track professor in political science, political communication, journalism, international political communication, or a discipline related to the Shorenstein Center’s fields of investigation at a college, university, or research institution.

d. Policymaker

A high-ranking officer in the government or an advisor to a candidate for national office.

  • Applicants must not have participated in any other fellowships in the two years before their desired semester.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English in all areas, including hearing, reading, writing, and speaking. Non-native English speakers are required to produce a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Expectations

Applicants must be willing to live in Cambridge, MA for one semester (September through December or February through May).

They are unable to examine proposals for remote or non-residential fellowships.

The Fellowship is a full-time position, and candidates must commit to the task of completing their major research topic as well as participating in the Center’s life, activities, and events.

It is accepted that busy contemporary professionals will have necessary duties on occasion, and the Center strives to be courteous and flexible in such cases.

However, any candidate who has professional, personal, or travel obligations that would need substantial time away should consider applying only if their calendar permits for the full commitment of a fellowship.

How to Apply for the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program

Fall Semester

  • The application deadline is March 15th.
  • Applicants or their references may be contacted in late March for more information or an interview. This is simply for informative purposes; not all candidates or their references will be contacted, and this should not be seen as an indication of the success or failure of their application.
  • Applicants will be informed of their status in mid-April.
  • Summer: The press announcement introducing the new batch of fellows will be made available.

Spring Session

  • The application deadline is September 7th.
  • Applicants or their references may be contacted around the end of September for more information or an interview.
  • This is simply for informative purposes; not all candidates or their references will be contacted, and this should not be seen as an indication of the success or failure of their application.
  • Mid-October: Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.
  • End of year: The press announcement introducing the new batch of fellows will be made available.

To apply, please click here.

Deadline for application: March 15, 2022 / September 7, 2022

Visit the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship for more information.

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