The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship allows journalists to improve their awareness and expertise of business, economics, finance, and technology, as well as have a firm grasp on the business of media.

Fellows attend Columbia Journalism School for two semesters and take the majority of their subjects at Columbia Business School. Weekly off-the-record seminars and dinners with renowned journalists, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders are held for the fellows.

It is the world’s most comprehensive and toughest business journalism fellowship in terms of scope and depth. Knight-Bagehot fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university to be eligible. The fellowship is an academic program in which fellows attend classes and are graded on their work.

Fellows gather together for a seminar and dinner once a week, and each one selects their own set of business and journalism classes. These options are guided by three academic tracks. A Certificate in Economics and Business Journalism is available in two programs. The third leads to a journalism master’s degree.

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

Benefits of the Knight – Bagehot Fellowship

Fellows spend two semesters at Columbia Journalism School and take most of their classes at Columbia Business School. The fellows meet weekly for off-the-record seminars and dinners with top journalists, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. 

In scope and depth, it is the most comprehensive and rigorous business journalism fellowship in the world. As such, Knight-Bagehot fellows are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university. The fellowship is an academic program in which the fellows are enrolled in classes and receive grades for their work. Fellows meet together once a week for a seminar and dinner, and each fellow chooses their own particular set of business and journalism classes. Three academic tracks guide those choices. Two tracks lead to a Certificate in Economics and Business Journalism. The third leads to a Master of Arts in Journalism. 

Eligibility Criteria for Economics and Business Journalism Majors

Applicants who want to deepen their technical skills and understanding of fundamental business practices. This track essentially embeds you in the business school and allows you to take the deepest dive in the core Business School curriculum. You will be part of a Business School cluster and learning team and will be able to take part in Business School trips, clubs and activities. This is the preferred choice of most Knight-Bagehot fellows. If you think you might want to apply for the MBA degree, this is your track.

How to Apply for Study at Columbia University

Applications for the 2022-23 fellowship have launched. 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. Admissions decisions are typically announced in March/April. Learn about applying to the fellowship or sign up(link is external) to stay connected. 

The application deadline for the 2022-23 academic year is January 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Please view the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship’s FAQs page for answers to pertinent questions.

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