23 July, 2024

Harvard Kennedy Joan Shorenstein Scholarship In USA 2023 (Funded)

Application is invited to apply for Harvard Kennedy School Joan Shorenstein Scholarship in USA 2023. All international student around the world is eligible to apply for The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program. The purpose of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics, and public policy and facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers, and students.

The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is designed to bring journalists, scholars, politicians, and policymakers to the Shorenstein Center for a semester to work on a project with a tangible output, and engage with students, faculty, other fellows, and the broader Harvard Kennedy School community. 

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Who should apply?

Mid-to-late career professionals from a variety of related fields are welcome to apply. Past fellows include journalists from local, national, and international TV, radio, print, and digital media; media and civic technology innovators; nonfiction authors; political advisors and policymakers; leading academic scholars in fields such as media research and political science; and policy analysts.

The Shorenstein Center is committed to diversity, and actively encourages applications from all demographic backgrounds, and across the political spectrum.

Eligibility Criteria

Journalist: Reporters, editors, columnists, producers, media business executives, and related, with a maximum of ten 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 been elected to a national or high-level state office, or high-level communications professionals within politics and policy, e.g. speechwriters, or press secretaries. Minimum of ten years experience (can be cumulative between elected office and other roles).

Scholar: Tenured or tenure-track professor employed by a college, university, or research institution in political science, political communication, journalism, technology studies, sociology, computer science, or a field relevant to the Shorenstein Center’s areas of inquiry. 

Policymaker: High-level official in a cabinet office, or policy adviser to a candidate for national office or high-level elected official.

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Scholarship Benefits:

Fellows receive a stipend of $40,000 per semester, paid in monthly installments at the end of each month of their term. Travel, housing, and living expenses are not covered by the Shorenstein Center.

Fellows are provided with a desk in the Shorenstein Center offices, a Harvard email address, and a Harvard ID allowing access to libraries and other resources. 


  • Fall Semester (September – December): March 15
  • Spring Semester (February – May): September 7

How To Apply

The application for Joan Shorenstein fellowships for Spring 2023 is now open. Please read the information above and then click the “Apply Now” button to access the application form.

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