Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation 2021 for study at Harvard University ($USD $75,000 Stipend)

Application Deadline:  December 1st, 2020

The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation* brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Both organizations share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation, and the evolution of the digital space, and both have longstanding fellowship programs that offer a year of learning and collaboration with others in the Harvard community.

Proposals from Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship candidates may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting, or research into news consumption patterns. Candidates must explain how their proposals will benefit journalism.


The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship is open to both U.S. and international applicants. Candidates should either be working journalists or work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

Application requirements:

All Nieman Fellowship applicants must complete an online application form. Candidates for academic-year fellowships must submit the following information as part of their package: two essaysa professional profile and study plan summarywork samples and three letters of recommendation.

Candidates for the Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism complete the Abrams Nieman Fellowship online application, which includes the same requirements as listed above as well as a project proposal.

Candidates for the Nieman Visiting Fellowships complete a streamlined application that requires only biographical information, a résumé and a project proposal.

Questions about the application process may be sent to fellowship program administrator Nicole Arias.

Application deadlines:

Nieman Visiting Fellowships

  • A rolling application process is open through Sept. 25, 2020.

Nieman Fellowships

  • International Nieman Fellowship application (for non-U.S. citizens): Dec. 1, 2020
  • U.S. Nieman Fellowship application (for U.S. citizens): Jan. 31, 2021
  • Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism: To be determined

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation 2021


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