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Joan Shorenstein Fellowship opens 2011 applications
POSTED BY || 15 November 2010

Journalists and political scholars are invited to apply for a one-semester research program at the Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

The Shorenstein Center Fellowship is named after the political journalist who worked for The Washington Post and, until the time of her death from cancer on March 1985, CBS News.

On Dec. 10, 1985, Harvard announced the establishment of the Shorenstein Center with funding from an endowment given by Shorenstein’s parents Walter and Phyllis. The school formally opened on Sept. 27, 1986.

From then on, fellows from the United States and overseas are selected to embark on a semester-long program that includes seminars, luncheon speeches and other related activities.

As mentioned in the fellowship’s official site, the program aims to “advance research in the field of press, politics and public policy; provide an opportunity for reflection; facilitate a dialogue among scholars, journalists and policymakers; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community.”

Journalists, scholars and policymakers writing about and/or interested in politics and public policy, and are fluent in written and spoken English may apply. A stipend of $30,000 will be given to the fellows in four installments. However, the Shorenstein Center will not shoulder travel and living expenses in the course of the fellowship.

Fellows may choose to avail of the fellowship for either the Fall (September to December 2010) or Spring (February to May 2011) semesters.

Applicants shall submit the specified documents: A cover letter, completed application form, a three-to-five-page research proposal, a curriculum vitae/résumé, and three recommendation letters from people familiar with the applicant’s works.

Requirements may be sent through email until Feb. 1, 2011.

Shorenstein fellows from Asia include Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility Executive Director (Spring 1994); Ramindar Singh, war correspondent and former Sunday Times of India editor (Fall 2001); and Steven Guanpeng Dong, China Central Television news presenter (Spring 2010).

Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility