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Journalists in Residence Program – Stigler Center

Deadline: October 10th, 2021

The Stigler Centre’s mission includes efforts to enrich the public debate on matters related to the interaction between politics and the economy. The media plays a crucial role in that effort by gathering and disseminating information on the behaviour of different players in the market and uncovering potential wrongdoings.

With the aim of shaping the next generation of leaders in business reporting, The Stigler Centre launched its Journalists in Residence Program in 2017. The program provides a transformative learning experience for journalists working in all forms of media around the world. Participants spend approximately 12 weeks on our Hyde Park campus, auditing classes, participating in Stigler Centre events, collaborating with peers, and networking with the university’s scholars.

Journalists with some years of media experience, proficient English, and an interest in deepening their knowledge and understanding of political economy are encouraged to apply.

Why You Should Apply

The program offers exclusive seminars, opportunities to study with world-class faculty, and the chance to network with colleagues from around the world. Details include:

  • 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 12-week program
  • Training in business fundamentals at Chicago Booth
  • Participation in seminars and workshops at Chicago Booth and across the university
  • An opportunity to write for the ProMarket publication
  • Opportunities to collaborate with Booth faculty, students, and fellow program participants
  • Designated study space
  • Certificate of participation upon successful completion of program

*The stipend is subject to tax withholding of up to 14 percent for international participants. Please check your country’s tax treaty with the United States for more information.

Program Expectations

Program participants are expected to:

  • Audit three 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 centre
  • Sign a letter of agreement with the centre to indicate that the program guidelines and expectations are mutually agreed upon

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, please submit the following through their online application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Three published news articles
    • Submit 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.
    • For TV or radio journalists, please include links to your video/audio files in a PDF or Word document along with English transcriptions.
  • Personal essays (500 words max)
    • Describe your interest in the program and the goals you hope to achieve through the program.
    • Tell us more about your experience and interest in the field of economics and political economy and what you hope to learn in these areas.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable): Non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency (waived if your undergraduate or graduate degree was obtained in a college/university where English is the primary language of instruction or in an English-speaking country). Examples of proof of English proficiency include:
    • Certificates or standardised 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 a manager affirming language skills

Visit Stigler Center JIR for more information.

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