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John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship

Stanford University


Stanford, CA, USA



Fellowship, Fixed Term


Until filled

Wednesday, 6 December 2023



Full Time, On-site, Flexible



$95,000, a housing supplement to help with rent, tuition fees and health insurance for you and dependents



International applications must be submitted 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.

We are seeking journalists who are eager to explore, identify and test ideas for improving access to news and information people need to create and sustain robust democratic communities.

Applicants should be prepared to step back from professional obligations to devote themselves to this work and to fellowship programming we’ve designed to help them develop the leadership resilience needed for these times of uncertainty.

You should apply if you:

  • Want to grow as a journalist and leader and believe that your best work is ahead of you

  • Are excited about the opportunity to be coached through a deep examination of your mindset, your perception of yourself and your place in journalism

  • Yearn to be “in fellowship” with a group of other journalists from varied professional and personal backgrounds

  • Seek, embrace and prioritize diversity

  • Are ready to set aside current work responsibilities and dig into a 10-month journey of professional and personal exploration

  • Are committed to being in journalism.

JSK plans to host a series of webinars in Zoom during which JSK directors will answer questions about the program and the application. The next webinar will be Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

The experience

A JSK Fellowship is an individual experience that is intertwined with twice-weekly cohort events that include leadership workshops, skills training and discussions with guest experts. Other than these commitments to the cohort, fellows have a lot of freedom to decide how to spend their time and how to approach the journalism challenge they want to focus on. Each fellow meets regularly with one of the JSK directors who is their primary adviser for the year. There is not a single prescription for a successful fellowship year.

Eligibility Criteria

U.S. and international journalists with digital-native and legacy news organizations, independent journalists, journalism entrepreneurs and journalism innovators. 

Applicants need to have at least five years of full-time professional journalism experience. We do not require applicants to have a college degree, or experience in traditional newsrooms. (Work as a student journalist or summer intern is great experience, but is not considered part of the five-year threshold.)

Our program is not open to people working in public information or public relations jobs, for trade and house newsletters or magazines, for government agencies, or in academic positions.

Our fellowship does not fund or support book projects or reporting projects, and we are not a business accelerator.


We provide JSK Fellows:

  • Individual coaching and tailored workshops to help develop the leadership resilience and mindsets needed to navigate and lead change.

  • A intentionally designed cohort experience that fosters opportunities to form meaningful and lasting personal and professional relationships.

  • Time and freedom to explore the intellectual resources of a world-class university

  • Membership in a global JSK alumni community.

  • A stipend of $95,000, plus a housing supplement to help with rent.

  • Stanford tuition for fellows and Stanford health insurance for fellows, spouses and children. We also give fellows tips and advice about finding rental housing.


Being a JSK Fellow is a full-time commitment. You will receive a monthly check, health insurance for you and your dependents, and be asked to forgo other professional work to focus on the fellowship experience. 

You will be expected to:

  • Be in residence at Stanford during the academic year, from September to June

  • Dedicate yourself full-time to the fellowship

  • Attend weekly meetings with your cohort and biweekly meetings with your adviser as well as other occasional JSK events

  • Publicly share your work and insights throughout the year

  • Work collaboratively with people who offer a range of ideas, experiences and perspectives.

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Posted Date:

12 Nov 2023


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