"The fellowship additionally will fund up to nine months of fieldwork at the fellow’s home news organization after two semesters at Harvard — or in the case of freelance journalists, a newsroom partner," Nieman explains. "During the fieldwork period, the Abrams Nieman fellows may expand or develop an investigative project that will provide better, more in-depth coverage of issues important to the communities they serve."
Applicants must provide a short (no more than 500 words) fieldwork proposal. They must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience, including freelancing. Those who work in a news organization must request a letter of support for the fieldwork project from their employer, who must state the organization's intent to permit the applicant to work on the project for the duration of the fieldwork period. If the immediate supervisor who is writing one of the three letters of recommendation will also submit the letter of support, that person may do so within a single letter. Freelancers are not required to have a letter of support but will be asked to indicate potential partner organizations for their fieldwork project. Information is available here.