$30,000 Harvard Kennedy School 2022 Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    John F. Kennedy School Of Government, Harvard University 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138    

The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is intended to give a space for thought for journalists, academics, politicians, and policymakers. A Fellowship provides time and resources for busy professionals to think, investigate, and write about problems that are important to our media and politics.

A fellow’s major responsibility is to conduct research and prepare a paper on a media/politics topic. With faculty support, weekly discussion meetings with peers, and all of Harvard’s resources, including world-class libraries and renowned experts on a wide range of subjects, the Shorenstein Center tries to create an atmosphere for fellows to accomplish their best work.


About the Scholarship:

The Harvard Kennedy School was created in 1936 with a $2 million contribution from Lucius Littauer, a Harvard College alumni, and was initially known as the Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration. Its shield was based after the US shield and was supposed to symbolize the school’s national purpose. The School’s founding faculty members were drawn from Harvard’s existing government and economics departments, and the school’s first students arrived in 1937.

The School’s first home was in the Littauer Center north of Harvard Yard, which is now the Economics Department of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).  The Graduate School’s inaugural students were “Littauer Fellows,” who took part in a one-year course list that subsequently evolved into the school’s mid-career Master in Public Administration program. In the 1960s, the School began developing the Master of Public Policy program’s public policy degree and course content. The objective of the Harvard Kennedy School is to enhance public policy and leadership so that people can live in communities that are safer, more free, more just, and more prosperous in the long run. We have an impact on solving public problems that no other school can match by combining cutting-edge research, great student teaching, and direct connection with practitioners. Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government promotes public policy and public leadership through research, teaching, and interaction with practitioners, so that people can live in communities that are safer, freer, more just, and more prosperous in the long run. Our academics, students, and staff, as well as around 23,000 degree program alumni and over 66,000 executive education participants, address a wide range of public concerns in the United States and around the world. The importance of our efforts to advance the common good has never been greater. Because of difficulties in politics, economics, security, and other areas of our communities, many people in the United States and around the world have lost faith in their leaders and governments. The Kennedy School community’s passion and skills may make a critical difference in preserving the benefits of the postwar order and enabling additional advances in the lives of all people. Within Harvard and with other renowned colleges, the Harvard Kennedy School offers a range of joint and concurrent degree programs that allow students to earn several degrees in less time. Joint and current students must spend at least one year at Cambridge, completing HKS courses. HKS offers concurrent programs with Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Medical School, as well as combined degree programs with Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. The school was renamed after President John F. Kennedy in 1966. By 1978, the faculty had engineered the consolidation of the School’s programs and research institutes in the current site, including presidential scholar and adviser Richard Neustadt, foreign policy expert and eventual dean of the School Graham T. Allison, Richard Zeckhauser, and Edith Stokey. In October 1978, the fir st new building on the southern side of the former Eliot Shops site opened. The school announced a $500 million fundraising campaign in 2012, with over $120 million going toward a 91,000-square-foot expansion that will include six new classrooms, a new kitchen and dining facility, offices and meeting spaces, a new student lounge and study space, more collaboration and active learning spaces, and a redesigned central courtyard. The project was started on May 7, 2015, and it was finished in late 2017. It was formally inaugurated in December 2017.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Harvard Kennedy School

Scholarship Country: United States

Scholarship Worth:  $30,000

Study Level: Undergraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer: 

  • Fellows are granted a stipend of $30,000, which is paid in four monthly installments at the end of each semester. The Shorenstein Center does not pay for travel or living expenses.
  • Fellows are given a workstation in the Shorenstein Center’s fellows’ suite, as well as a computer, phone, Harvard email account, and a Harvard ID that allows them to access libraries and other resources.
  • Fellows can also hire a paid Harvard Kennedy School student research assistant to help them with their projects (up to 10 hours per week).


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Shorenstein Fellowship applicants must be working journalists, politicians, academics, or policymakers who are now or recently active in the field. The guidelines below provide more information; nevertheless, if you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact our staff to discuss your options.
  • Reporters, editors, columnists, producers, media business executives, and those with a minimum of five years of full-time experience working for professional news organizations or as a full-time freelancer are considered journalists (not including work completed as a university student)
  • A politician is someone who has run for and been elected to a national or high-level state office, or someone who works in politics and policy communications, such as speechwriters and press secretaries.
  • Tenured or tenure-track professor in political science, political communication, journalism, international political communication, or a field relevant to the Shorenstein Center’s areas of investigation at a college, university, or research institution.
  • Policymaker: A high-ranking official in a cabinet post or an adviser to a presidential contender.
  • In the two years leading up to their desired semester, applicants should not have received another fellowship.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English in all aspects of the language, including hearing, reading, writing, and speaking. Non-native English speakers are required to submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores.



The Harvard Kennedy School 2022 Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is open to all International students


Application Procedure

Are you both interested and qualified? To apply, go to the Harvard Kennedy School’s website, shorensteincenter.org.

The deadline for the Fall Semester (September – December) is March 15.

September 7th for the Spring Semester (February – May).


Application Deadline

The application deadline for Harvard Kennedy School 2022 Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is  September 7, 2022

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