Applying to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship | Columbia Journalism School

Applying to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020-21 Fellowships are now open. Apply HERE before January 31, 2020. Selected Fellows will be announced March-April 2020.

You can return to the application at any time and submit materials as you are ready. The application outlines the details of the required submission materials. Please review carefully and allow yourself plenty of time to write your essays, get recommendations and gather samples of your work.

The key things you will need to submit include:

  • $100 application fee
  • A professional resume
  • A study plan/proposal of no more than 500 words
  • An autobiographical essay of no more than 1,000 words
  • Five original samples of work
  • College or university transcript(s)
  • Three letters of reference

Not ready to apply yet? You can still stay connected with us. 

Who Should Apply

The fellowship is open to full-time editorial employees of newspapers, magazines, wire services, digital media, television and radio news organizations, as well as to freelance journalists, from anywhere in the world. Applicants must have at least four years of business/economics/finance journalism experience. There are no academic prerequisites to apply and work affiliation of applicants is not a major factor in the selection process. While a majority of the fellows typically come from the US, we specifically look for candidates who can help deliver better business journalism in all parts of the world, in multimedia formats.

The chief criterion for selection is demonstrated journalistic excellence. While essays and letters of recommendation are important parts of the application, the greatest weight is given to previously work samples. All materials, including letters of reference, college transcripts, essays and work samples should be compiled and submitted with the application form.

Applicants' employers, except under unusual circumstances, should submit a letter supporting the application, but applicants are not required to obtain formal employer approval to apply for and get admitted to the program. Fellows are encouraged to return to their employers at the end of their year at Columbia.

Fellowship selections are announced by April 1, 2020. The number of fellowships awarded each year, as well as the level of the living expenses stipend, is determined by the program's financial resources. For the 2020-2021 academic year, starting in August 2020, we anticipate awarding 10 fellowships that cover full tuition, plus a $60,000 living stipend.

2019-2020 Applicant Profile

The 2019-2020 cohort is the most diverse in Knight-Bagehot history. Expand to learn more.

Graphic reading "Total YOY Applications up 7%"

graph of gender showing 48% male, 52% female

 41% Asian, 38% White, 10% Latino/Latina, 6% Black, 5% Other

Bar graph of Current Workplace, lead by Newspaper and Web at 24%

Pie Graph of Continents Represented, lead by Asia at 38%

Bar Graph of Top 5 Countries with USA at 24%, India at 15%, UK at 8%, South Africa at 5% and Rest at 42%

Apply Button