Journalists in Residence Program
About the Program
About the Program
Launched in March 2017, the Stigler Center Journalists in Residence Program provides a transformative learning experience for up-and-coming journalists from around the world, working in all forms of media. It aims to shape the next generation of leaders in business reporting.
The program will take place over approximately 12 weeks at our Hyde Park campus, during which selected participants will audit classes, participate in events, collaborate with peers, and socialize with the university’s greatest scholars. Participants will choose their own classes at Chicago Booth. Examples of classes include The Firm and the Non-Market Environment with professor Marianne Bertrand and Crony Capitalism with professor Luigi Zingales.
Who can apply?
Working journalists who have some years of media experience and are proficient in English are encouraged to apply.
What will I receive from the program?
- Reimbursement for economy-class airfare to/from Chicago and SEVIS and visa application fees
- A stipend* of $12,000 to cover living expenses over the twelve-week program
- World-class training in business fundamentals at Chicago Booth free of charge
- Participation in seminars and workshops at Chicago Booth and across the university
- An opportunity to write for the ProMarket blog
- Interaction with Booth faculty and students as well as other program participants
- Designated study space
- Certificate of participation upon successful completion of program
What are the program expectations?
Program participants are expected to:
- Audit 3 classes
- Attend and actively participate in classes and complete all required readings and assignments
- Participate in Stigler lectures, lunches, and social events as well as other events recommended by the center
- Sign a letter of agreement with the center to indicate that the program guidelines and expectations are mutually agreed upon
What is the timeline of the program?
The application for the 2020 program will open soon.
The program dates are from approximately March 23, 2020 until June 13, 2020.
How do I apply?
Interested applicants should submit their application materials through our online system. Check back soon for the application opening and closing deadline.
Applications must include:
- Two letters of recommendation
- A copy of three published news articles, preferably in English. If the articles are not in English, a translation should be submitted along with the original articles. Television and radio journalists should submit video/audio files along with a transcription in English.
- An essay of about 500 words describing your interest in the program and what goals you hope to achieve through the program
- Non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency (waived if undergraduate or graduate degree was obtained in an English-speaking country). Examples of proof of English proficiency include:
- Certificates or standardized test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, Cambridge, Duolingo, etc.)
- English equivalency diploma or certificate awarded by accredited national education institution
- Work experience in an English-speaking office with letter from manager affirming language skills
The application for the 2020 program will be available soon.
*Note that the stipend is subject to tax withholding of up to 14% for international participants. Please check your country’s tax treaty with the United States for more information.