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With the aim of shaping the next generation of leaders in business reporting, we launched the Stigler Center’s 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 Center 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.

Program Features

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 center

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

Key Dates

The deadline for applications for the Spring 2022 program was Sunday, October 10, 11:59pm Central (Chicago) Time. Applicants will be notified of final decisions in December.

The Spring 2022 program will run from approximately March 22 - June 4, 2022.


Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants selected for the Spring 2020 program will participate in Fall 2021.

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Meet Our Alumni

Program participants come to Booth from media outlets all over the world. Here’s a look at where our past participants have come from.

Meet Our Alumni
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Questions about the Stigler Center’s Journalists in Residence Program? See our FAQ for answers to the questions we hear most often.

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