The Joan Shorenstein Center offers a one-semester fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Fellows are domestic or international journalists, scholars and/or policymakers who are interested in the influence of the press on public policy and politics.

The fellowships offer a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows participate in weekly seminars with scholars, a luncheon speakers series with invited journalists or policymakers and in other organized programs of the Shorenstein Center and Harvard University. The Fellowship Program is not a degree or journalism training program.


The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to advance existing research in press/politics and to provide an opportunity for distinguished experts to reflect on their discipline. Our goal is to foster a collegial and intellectual environment that will enrich and complement one’s knowledge of the field. The primary focus for a fellow in residence is a paper (approximately 15 pages in length) on a topic examining and analyzing the influence of the press on politics and public policy in the domestic or international arena.


Applicants must be fluent in reading, writing and speaking English.

Applicants must be journalists, scholars or policymakers active in the field of press, politics and public policy.

Fellows are required to live in residence for one semester (fall semester runs approximately September through December; spring semester runs approximately February through May).

Domestic and international applicants are eligible.

Stipend: $30,000 disbursed in four instalments over the semester. Travel and living expenses are not covered by the Centre.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online through the link below. Please note: Before completing the application, read the form completely and collect your application materials. The form cannot be saved and must be completed in one session.

If you have any questions, email Edith Holway through: [email protected]
Deadline: February 1, 2012.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

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