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Applications for the 2005-2006 Nieman Fellowship Program for journalists available online

New international fellowship deadline for mailing materials is December 15, 2005

Posted: January 12, 2005 (Updated: November 14, 2005)

The Nieman Foundation selects an equal number of U.S. and international journalists. Twelve U.S. and 12 international fellowships are awarded to journalists of accomplishment and promise who have demonstrated a capacity for growth and leadership and whose application statements argue persuasively that their experience at Harvard will improve their abilities as journalists.

Two of the most important parts of the Nieman application process are the personal statement and the proposal for study at Harvard. The selection committee carefully evaluates the statements for both accomplishment and potential. The committee is particularly interested in indicators that suggest a significant capacity for growth and leadership and that answer the question, would a year at Harvard help make the candidate a better journalist?


There is no nomination process. Candidates nominate themselves by submitting an application and supplementary materials. There is no age limit. There are no academic prerequisites. No college degree is required.

All applicants must be full-time staff or freelance journalists for the news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, online publications or magazines of general public interest. Additionally, photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are eligible.

All applicants must have at least five years of professional news-media experience, although most have been working for between seven and 10 years. Among recent applicants, the average professional experience is 12 years. Work done as a university student does not count toward experience. People who work in public relations or at organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible.

All applicants must have their employer's consent for a leave of absence during the academic year (mid-August through mid-June). Those who have recently participated in a fellowship, full-time course of study or other sabbatical program lasting six months or more, must wait two years before applying for a Nieman Fellowship.


Once candidates have been chosen and before their confirmation as Nieman Fellows by the Harvard Corporation, they must agree in writing to four stipulations:
- To return at the end of the sabbatical year to the employer who granted the leave of absence.
- To refrain from professional work during the period of the fellowship.
- To complete all the work in two academic courses of their choice: one in the fall semester, the other in the spring.
- To remain in residence in the Cambridge area each term while classes are in session.

How to apply

To request or download an application package, please visit online:

For the most current information about the fellowships, please visit:


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