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How to Apply

The application process for all Knight Science Journalism Fellowships and Boot Camps is now entirely online. Visit fellows.knightscience.org/apply to apply.

Please carefully review the information below for important changes to some application procedures.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including letters of recommendation, are submitted by the application deadline.

Jump to section: Starting an Application | Required Documents | Work Samples | Letters of Recommendation | Submitting your Application | Checking your Application Status

Starting an Application 

Before starting an application for the first time, you must create a user account on our application website. You may use the same account to apply for subsequent fellowships or Boot Camps. If you lose your account password, follow the "Forgot your password?" link from the Sign in page to request a password reset.

All KSJ programs for which we are currently accepting applications are listed at fellows.knightscience.org/apply. Locate the program you are interested in, and click the "Start New Application" button to begin. You can save your progress and return to the application multiple times before submitting.

Required Documents 

In the course of completing the online application form, you will be asked to submit several supporting documents. For each required document, you can either upload a PDF file or type (or copy/paste) the document's contents into the text area provided. File formats other than PDF are not accepted. For information on how to convert a Microsoft Word document to a PDF, refer to this help document. If you are unable to generate a PDF, please utilize the text input option.

The maximum allowable size for a single PDF document upload is 20MB.

For Boot Camps

The following documents are required for Boot Camp applications:

  • Professional Statement: Tell us about your journalistic experience and why you want to attend this Boot Camp. Not to exceed 500 words.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include your education and work history.
  • Freelancers: (Non-freelancers are not required to submit this item.) Provide a list of all your freelance jobs in the last 12 months. Include each story, venue, and date of publication or broadcast. If your client is not widely known, provide some idea of who or what it is. A few words for each job is sufficient.

For 9-Month Fellowships

The following documents are required for 9-Month Fellowship applications:

  • Professional Autobiography: Tell us about your professional life. Not to exceed 750 words.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include your education and work history.
  • Fellowship Year Proposal: Tell us what you plan to do during a fellowship year and how that would fit in with your professional goals. Not to exceed 750 words.
  • Freelancers: (Non-freelancers are not required to submit this item.) Provide a list of all your freelance jobs in the last 12 months. Include each story, venue, and date of publication or broadcast. If your client is not widely known, provide some idea of who or what it is. A few words for each job is sufficient.

For Project Fellowships

The following documents are required for Project Fellowship applications:

  • Professional autobiography: Tell us about your professional life, with specific attention to any experiences that have prepared you to execute your proposed project. Not to exceed 750 words.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include your education and work history.
  • Project proposal: Describe your project, its goals, and how you plan to execute it. Include a timetable for completion and a description of your plans for publication. Not to exceed 1200 words.
  • Budget: Provide an estimated budget for your project. This should include travel, specialized equipment or software, contract labor, and any other expenses necessary for the successful completion of the project. Salary/living expenses for the fellow, if requested, should also be included in the budget. Items that are optional depending on available funding can be identified as such. The maximum allowance for all expenses is $65,000.

Work Samples 

Applicants to all KSJ programs will be asked to provide examples of their professional work. Choose samples that best illustrate your interests and abilities.

  • For Boot Camps, four samples are required.
  • For 9-Month Fellowships, six samples are required.
  • For Project Fellowships, four samples are required.

All work samples must be submitted through the online application form. We strongly encourage you to provide samples as digital file uploads, whenever possible. Please observe the relevant guidelines below when preparing electronic media for submission. For work that is available online, you may also provide a URL. If you are unable to produce a file, you may provide a URL only, but please note that it is your responsibility to ensure URLs will function properly for several weeks following the application deadline.

  • Written Works: Provide a PDF document. For series, send only the first and last pieces, with a brief outline of other items in the series. For books, submit one chapter.
  • Photography/Graphics: Provide images in JPG, GIF, or PNG format, or tearsheets in PDF format.
  • Video: Provide samples in MP4 or M4V format. The combined running time of all samples should total no more than 40 minutes. Please note that video compression quality is not a factor in the judges' decision -- we request that you keep file sizes as small as possible.
  • Audio: Provide samples in MP3 format. The combined running time of all samples should total no more than 40 minutes.

The maximum allowable size for any single file upload is 50MB.

The following additional guidelines apply to all work samples:

  • If the original work is not in English, an English translation is required.
  • If the work was produced by a team, please indicate the nature of your involvement.

Letters of Recommendation 

Letters of recommendation should come from individuals familiar with your work and should comment on your abilities and your commitment to journalism.

  • For Boot Camps: Two letters are required. Non-freelancers, please submit a third letter from your organization's publisher or your immediate supervisor supporting your application and granting a two- to four-day absence to attend the Boot Camp, if selected. (Freelancers may skip this item.)
  • For 9-Month Fellowships: Three letters are required.
  • For Project Fellowships: Two letters are required.

A section for letters of recommendation is included in the online application form.

You will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of your recommenders. When you add a recommender to your application, he or she will be sent an automated email invitation with a unique access link and instructions on how to submit the recommendation online. Recommenders do not need to register a user account to complete this process.

You should notify your recommenders in advance, letting them know to expect this invitation email. If necessary, you can re-send the invitation at any time before the application deadline. Please ask your recommenders to check their email Spam folder in the event of problems receiving the message.

The contents of recommendation letters are kept confidential and will not be shared with the applicant. However, you will receive an email notification when each of your recommenders successfully completes the submission process. You can check the status of your letters of recommendation at any time on the My Applications page.

All recommendations must be submitted using our online system. Exceptions will only be made in very rare circumstances where the recommender has no access to the Internet or is otherwise genuinely unable to complete the online form.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline. We encourage you to add your recommenders early in the application process, allowing ample time for them to respond.

Submitting your Application 

The final page of the online application form includes a button to submit your application. You must complete this step in order for your application to be considered.

This action becomes available when all required fields in the application form (marked with a red asterisk) have been filled out. Please note, however, that you should also respond to any non-required questions relevant to you or your personal circumstances. Carefully review all pages of the application form for accuracy and completeness before submitting.

Once submitted, the application form cannot be altered. However, you may submit your application before your recommenders have completed their letters -- recommendation letters will be automatically added to your application as they are completed.

You will receive an email confirming the successful submission of your application.

Checking your Application Status 

Visit the My Applications page at any time to check the status of your applications and any associated letters of recommendation. You will also find links to review your completed applications and generate printer-friendly copies for your records.


Please contact ksj.admissions@mit.edu with any questions regarding the application process.