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Nieman Visiting Fellowships Program 2021

Nieman Visiting Fellowships Program 2021 (Fully Funded)

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Applications call for Nieman Visiting Fellowships Program 2020

For one year beginning this fall, Nieman will offer remote Visiting Fellowships in support of projects that advance racial justice and public health journalism in the U.S. This special initiative will provide targeted research opportunities and specialized training to individuals with concrete and innovative ideas supporting one or more of the following goals:

  • Advance the representation of journalists of color throughout the news industry.
  • Improve coverage of underreported stories and communities.
  • Explain the impact of coronavirus on an area or group.
  • Enhance reporting expertise and coverage of public health in a community.


Visiting Fellows will work remotely but be in regular contact with Nieman staff, Harvard experts, and members of Nieman’s vast alumni network, who can serve as advisers. Fellows may utilize the extensive resources at Harvard University, including scholars, research centers, and libraries, either in developing a project that can be completed during the visiting fellowship or as part of a larger undertaking that continues after the fellowship period ends. Visiting Fellows will also be invited to digitally attend relevant programs organized for members of the yearlong Nieman Fellows class of 2021.


  • Nieman Visiting Fellowships will support the fellows with a weekly stipend of $2,000, which will be paid monthly.
  • If an employer chooses to keep the fellow on salary during the fellowship, Nieman will offer all the same research and potential training support, but a stipend will not be provided.
  • Potential newsroom training and project-related funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

To be considered for these opportunities, applicants should prepare a brief overview of the requested training and/or a budget outlining project-related funding needs. (Training could include a spectrum of journalistic skills, from data mining to narrative writing.)

Who can apply?

Journalists, publishers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, and others who want to make an impact on journalism. There is no age limit or academic prerequisites and a college degree is not required.


  • The fellowship is open to the broadest range of journalists, from those with legacy affiliations to those who work independently.
  • The Neiman is especially interested in applicants from community media (including but not limited to Black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous news outlets) and anyone who works to serve communities that are underrepresented in media.
  • Applicants will not be expected to take a leave of absence from their organizations if awarded a Visiting Fellowship.
  • Those who intend to continue their work within a news organization must request a letter of support from their supervisor, which should state the intent of the news organization to permit the applicant to work on the project for the duration of the fellowship period.
  • Freelance applicants and academics are not required to have a letter of support but should indicate potential partner organizations for any publishing or other actionable component of their project.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline25 September,2020
Open toAll



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