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Types of Fellowships

Since 1938 more than 1,400 journalists from 92 countries and territories have come to Harvard for a year of learning, exploration and fellowship.

Nieman Fellowships are awarded to print, broadcast and online reporters, editors, photographers, producers, columnists, filmmakers and cartoonists with at least five years of full-time, professional experience in the news media.

Other professionals interested in researching projects designed to advance  journalism may be eligible for short-term Visiting Fellowships.

Nieman Fellowships are open to both U.S. citizens and journalists from other countries.

U.S. Fellowships: Each year up to 12 U.S. citizens are selected as Nieman Fellows. As part of each class, we also select three specialized fellowships:
  1. Reynolds Fellowship in Community Journalism
  2. Reynolds Fellowship in Business Journalism
  3. Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
During years in which a watchdog journalist or investigative reporter from the United States is selected for a fellowship from the general application pool, the Nieman Foundation may offer the Murrey Marder Fellowship in Watchdog Reporting.

International Fellowships: The foundation awards up to 12 international fellowships each year to citizens of nations other than the United States.

Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation: This is a joint fellowship between the Nieman Foundation and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society is awarded to candidates with project proposals related to innovation in journalism. Learn more about the fellowship, which was awarded for the first time in 2012.

Short-term Visiting Fellowship: U.S. citizens and journalists from other countries may apply for this fellowship. Applications for the 2014 calendar year are closed. Applications for 2015 will be due in November 2014.

Please note: The foundation is no longer requiring separate application processes for Arts & Culture and Global Health Reporting journalists. Journalists who cover these topics are strongly encouraged to apply for Nieman Fellowships in the general application pool, as are other beat reporters.