Columbia Journalism School

Required Application Materials for Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

1. Apply Online

You must create an account through our online system in order to submit an application and required materials. Please remember to write down your username and password to access your application at a later time.

2. $100 nonrefundable application fee

You may use a credit card (preferred method) or a check or bank money order drawn in U.S. dollars from a U.S. bank when submitting your application online. Please make the check payable to Columbia University. We will not accept cash or postal money orders, no exceptions. Applications are not considered complete unless accompanied by the fee. The school does not grant application fee waivers.

3. Official transcript(s)

Scanned copies of transcripts from each of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended should be uploaded through our online application system. If an official transcript is not in English, the applicant must submit both the official transcript and its verbatim English translation. If the institution does not provide an English translation, with the official transcript, a certified, verbatim English translation from a translation service must be obtained. If you are admitted, you must submit, in the original, sealed envelope, from the institution(s), your academic transcript(s). IMPORTANT: Transcripts must be documents as received from your school's Registrar's Office. You may not submit photocopies, printouts from student self-service portals, photographs of documents, etc. After saving your file, make certain your transcript uploaded properly and is legible by using the "Preview Upload" button in the online application.

4. Three letters of recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. An email is sent to each recommender instructing him/her on how to write, upload, and submit their recommendation letter. You may submit your online application even if the letters of evaluation have not yet been submitted by your evaluators. Please refrain from asking relatives, family or personal friends and classmates to write your letters of recommendation. Appropriate recommenders are, for example, professors, editors, job supervisors; in short people who have supervised your academic or professional work and can comment and provide evidence of your job performance and/or ability to perform top graduate level work. Letters of recommendation should be on official letterhead.

5. An active e-mail address

Please ensure that you have a reliable e-mail account. During the admissions process the Knight-Bagehot Director will communicate with applicants via e-mail only. All admission notifications will be sent by e-mail. We encourage applicants to frequently check their e-mails.

6. TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants

Proof of English language eligibility for international students: Applicants must submit current official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if either English is not your native language OR you indicated that your entire undergraduate education was not completed at an English-language university. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Waivers of this requirement are rarely given and must be approved before the application deadline. The Columbia Journalism School reference code for ETS is 2120. 

The test scores must be sent directly from either the Educational Testing Service (ETS: or IELTS ( to the Knight-Bagehot Program, Columbia Journalism School, 2950 Broadway, Pulitzer Hall, MC 3950, New York, NY 10027. 

We require the following scores for consideration:





7. Two personal essays submitted online only

Essay A: Autobiographical Essay (1,000-word limit)

In a short autobiographical essay, tell us about yourself and your professional experience. You can write about your family, your education, your talents, or your passions, about significant places or events in your life; about books you have read, people you have met, or work you've done that has shaped the person you have become. Assess your work as a journalist, pointing out strengths and weaknesses. We would like to know why you are applying for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and what opportunities and challenges you foresee in participating in the Program. Our only requirements are that the essay be informative, well written, and reflective of your own voice.

Essay B:  A Trend in Business or Economics (1,000-word limit)

Select a topic of your choice on any business or economics (global or domestic)  subject that interests you. Explain why this topic is important and how business journalists could do a better job of covering it. How would an academic year at Columbia better prepare you to cover this subject?

8. A current résumé or curriculum vitae submitted online only

In addition to work experience, please include any honors or awards you have received as a professional journalist.

9. Clips/ Writing samples

We require applicants to submit four examples of their journalistic or other written work in support of their application. Please upload these samples (in PDF or Word format) into our online application. Submit no more than a total of 15 pages. We will not accept, via post, any clips or writing samples, permanently bound or laminated work, notebooks, magazines, newspapers, books, etc. Do not submit work you have not written yourself or copyedited. For any audio or video clips, submissions should run no longer than 2-3 minutes each. We will not accept any DVD or CD disks with audio or video clips. Any materials submitted that do not meet these criteria will not be considered. No more than four samples should be submitted in total, whether written samples or multimedia clips.

Contact the Office of Knight-Bagehot Program

Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway (at 116th St.)
Room 707
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2711

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