The Shorenstein Center Fellowship Program offers an opportunity for outstanding journalists and scholars to spend a semester at Harvard University, where they can share their knowledge and expertise in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment. The mission of the fellowship program is 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.
Since 1986 the Center has hosted more than 200 visiting journalists and scholars. They have traveled from around the world and across the United States. Papers and books by former fellows have added significantly to the body of work on press and politics. Fellows' papers have been published as articles in journals such as Foreign Affairs and the Columbia Journalism Review, and have formed the basis for longer books.
Fellows participate in the Center's seminars and conferences, attend public lectures and explore cultural and intellectual offerings at Harvard. The Shorenstein Center creates opportunities for its fellows to interact with fellows, students, and faculty from other Harvard programs. Each Shorenstein fellow is assigned a student assistant to facilitate their research, and participates in special activities for students and fellows.