Since the Shorenstein Center’s founding in 1986, the Fellowship Program has been central to its mission examining the intersection of media, politics and public policy.
Application Deadline: March 1st 2020
About Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program (Joan Shorenstein) – Harvard Kennedy
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a research center for the Harvard Kennedy School dedicated to exploring and illuminating the theory and practice intersection of media, politics and public policy. The Center aims to bridge the gap between, and between, reporters and scholars.
By addressing the twin crises of trust and truth facing communities around the world, the Center advances its mission of protecting the information ecosystem and supporting healthy democracy. Through academic research, teaching, visiting fellows, conferences, and other initiatives, it pursues this work.
Explore the pages dedicated to our research projects, history, director and staff, as well as the fellows, students, courses and activities that drive the academic year to learn more about the Shorenstein Center.
Nancy Gibbs, visiting professor of practice at the Kennedy School, Edward R. Murrow, is the faculty director of the Shorenstein Center. She is leading the Center’s strategic and academic focus.
Setti Warren, Newton’s former mayor, MA, is the Executive Director of the Center. He leads all administrative functions and operations for the Center in this role and manages the core staff and programs of the Center. More About Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program (Joan Shorenstein) – Harvard Kennedy
Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program (Joan Shorenstein) – Harvard Kennedy
The purpose of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance media, political, and public policy research; to facilitate dialog between journalists, scholars, policymakers, and students; and to provide an opportunity for reflection.
The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for reflection for journalists, scholars, politicians and policymakers. A Fellowship provides the time and resources for busy professionals to think, research, and write on issues that are central to our media and politics.
A fellow’s primary focus is on researching and writing a paper on a topic of media / politics. The Shorenstein Center aims to create an environment for fellows to do their best work, with faculty support, weekly peer-to-peer discussions, and all the resources Harvard has to offer, including world-class libraries and leading experts on a wide range of topics.
Fellows will attend regular events hosted by the Center during the semester, including media and social gatherings speakers who are thought-provoking. Having made lasting friendships and significant professional connections, fellows quit the Center.
Requirements for Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program (Joan Shorenstein) – Harvard Kennedy
Shorenstein Fellowships applicants must be a currently or recently active working journalist, politician, scholar, or policymaker in the field. Further specifics are given in the guidelines below; however, if you are uncertain that you are qualified, we encourage you to contact our staff for further discussion.
- Journalist: Reporters, editors, columnists, producers, media business executives and related, with a minimum of five years of full-time experience either at professional news organizations or as a full-time freelancer (not including work completed as a university student).
- Politician: Someone who has campaigned and been elected to a national or high-level state office, or communications professionals within politics and policy, e.g. speechwriters, press secretaries.
- Scholar: Tenured or tenure-track professor employed by a college, university or research institution in political science, political communication, journalism, international political communication, or a field relevant to the Shorenstein Center’s areas of inquiry.
- Policymaker: High-level official in a cabinet office or adviser to a candidate for national office
In the two years leading up to their desired course, candidates should not have enrolled in another fellowship.
Listening, reading, writing and speaking must be fluent in English. Non-native speakers of English must earn TOEFL or IELTS.
Benefits of Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program (Joan Shorenstein) – Harvard Kennedy
Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend, paid in monthly installments over the 4-month semester at the end of each month. The Shorenstein Center does not cover travel and living costs.
The Shorenstein Center fellows ‘ suite provides fellows with a workstation, a laptop, telephone, Harvard email address, and a Harvard ID that allows access to libraries and other services.
Fellows can also choose a paid student research assistant from Harvard Kennedy School (eligible for up to 10 hours of work per week) to work on their projects.
Selection timeline for Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program (Joan Shorenstein) – Harvard Kennedy
- March 1: Application deadline
- Mid-March: Applicants or their references may be contacted for further information or interview. This is strictly informational; not all applicants or their references will be contacted and this should not be considered a sign of the success or otherwise of their application.
- By early April: Applicants will be notified of their status.
- Summer: The press release announcing the class of fellows will be posted.
- August 23: Application deadline
- Mid-September: Applicants or their references may be contacted for further information or interview. This is strictly informational; not all applicants or their references will be contacted and this should not be considered a sign of the success or otherwise of their application.
- By early October: Applicants will be notified of their status.
- End of Year: The press release announcing the class of fellows will be posted.