U.S. Fellowships

The Nieman Foundation provides about 12 journalists the opportunity to study at Harvard for an academic year; to step back from deadlines, renew their intellectual curiosity and enrich their understanding of the topics they cover. Note: U.S. citizens are also eligible to apply for the Nieman-Berkman and the short-term Visiting Fellowships.

Fellows take part in many journalism-oriented seminars, workshops and conferences, and benefit from the opportunity to spend a year with fellow journalists from around the world.

Fellows receive a stipend of $60,000 and additional housing, childcare and health insurance allowances.

Full-time staff and freelance journalists who work in all media, including print, broadcast, photography, film and the Web are invited to apply.

Applications for U.S. candidates are reviewed by a committee of Harvard faculty and news professionals, chaired by the Nieman curator. Finalists are invited to Cambridge in late April for interviews as the final step in selecting the new class of fellows.

Specialized Fellowships

As part of each U.S. class, we select fellows for two specialized fellowships:
  • Reynolds Fellowship in Community Journalism: for a U.S. citizen who works for a daily newspaper with less than 50,000 circulation and journalists doing online work for community newspapers or journalists who have established independent local news Web sites in communities where the circulation of the local newspaper is less than 50,000.
  • Reynolds Fellowship in Business Journalism: for a U.S. citizen who reports on issues related to the field of business.

The Murrey Marder Fellowship in Watchdog Reporting

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 also offer the Murrey Marder Fellowship in Watchdog Reporting. The fellowship is supported by journalist Murrey Marder, a former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post and Nieman Fellow in the class of 1950, who funded the Nieman Watchdog Project.

For more information about U.S. Fellowships, send an e-mail to

The deadline for application submission is Jan. 31.

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