Approximately 20 U.S. journalists with minimum seven years' professional experience win Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford  each year, receiving nine months of study, intellectual growth, and personal change at one of the world's greatest universities. The program focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership to foster high quality journalism — including an emphasis on developing and strengthening press freedoms around the world. Fellows take classes from mid-September to mid-June in any area of Stanford that interests them; conduct independent study with faculty, and participate in special weekly seminars with distinguished Stanford scholars, business and political leaders and cultural and social observers. They are in the company of six to eight International Knight Fellows, some of the most outstanding journalists in their countries. At the end of the year, all Fellows return to their news organizations, better prepared for the rapidly changing world of journalism. Open to reporters, editors and anchors; photographers, producers and news directors; editorial cartoonists and web-site gurus; and more. Includes stipend of $65,000 plus supplements for housing, child care, health insurance and books. The program also pays for Stanford tuition. All benefits and activities of the program are open to spouses and partners of Fellows. Deadline: Dec 1, 2015 for International and U.S. Applicants.