International Fellowships

The Nieman Foundation selects up to 12 International fellows each year. International Nieman Fellowships are reserved for citizens of nations other than the United States*, including journalists with non-U.S. citizenship working in the United States or working for U.S. media companies. Note: non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the Nieman-Berkman and the short-term Visiting Fellowships.

Since the first International fellow joined the class of 1951, fellows from 92 countries and territories have spent a year as a Nieman fellow.

Prospective Nieman fellows must be fluent in speaking, reading and writing English. All Nieman seminars and Harvard classes are in English, so proficiency in English is necessary to benefit fully from the Nieman experience.

While funds from the original Nieman bequest are restricted to U.S. citizens, international candidates selected as fellows work with the Nieman staff to find financial support from sources outside the Nieman Foundation. Obtaining funding is not a condition of being awarded a fellowship.

Applications from International candidates are reviewed by a selection committee that includes the Nieman curator. Finalists are interviewed in February and candidates selected as fellows are notified in March.

For more information about International Fellowships, send an e-mail to

The deadline for application submission is Dec. 1.

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Canada, Philippines, South Africa and South Korea Fellowships
Each of these nations has a unique Nieman application, selection process and submission deadlines.
  • Canada: The Martin Wise Goodman Trust sponsors one Canadian Nieman Fellowship every other academic year.
  • Philippines: The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), sponsors the Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship for journalists from the Philippines.
  • South Africa: The Nieman Society of Southern Africa annually sponsors a fellowship for a South African journalist.
  • South Korea: The Asia Foundation sponsors a Nieman Fellowship for a South Korean journalist every other academic year.

* Candidates with dual citizenship should send an e-mail to for advice on whether to apply for
   a U.S. or an international fellowship.