Journalists in Residence Program Frequently Asked Questions
The Stigler Center welcomes your questions about our Journalists in Residence Program.
Below are answers to the questions we hear most often. If your questions aren’t answered here, email Rachel Piontek, assistant director.
Participants audit three classes.
We’re happy to offer suggestions, but you’re also free to choose your classes based on the availability of seats in the class. Note that some courses may require prerequisites or additional permissions.
Yes, but be aware that the program has a heavy workload. In addition to completing all course assignments, you’ll also attend weekly Stigler-organized seminars, lunch workshops, events, and social activities, which make for a very full schedule.
Yes, you can write for the blog, but you are not required to.
Yes. One of the goals of the program is to bring together journalists from around the world, so we encourage participants to work as a cohort and collaborate.
Participants receive certificates of attendance. Your host institution will decide whether the program can be recognized as continuing education. However, completion of the program does not confer a university or MBA degree.
We encourage you to share your experiences in the program. However, you are prohibited from claiming to have earned an MBA or university degree as a result of having participated in this program. We recommend you cite it as “The University of Chicago Booth School of Business - Stigler Center, Journalists in Residence Program (Program Year).”
I am a recent or soon-to-be graduate with a degree in journalism, and most of my experience is from internships. Does that qualify me for the program?
We recommend that applicants have at least a few years of post-degree working experience in the field.
For international participants, the stipend is subject to tax withholding of 14 percent, depending on the tax treaty between your country and the United States. Please consult your country’s tax treaty for more information.
Yes, editors and freelancers are welcome to apply.
Is there a preference for newspaper and traditional journalists versus those in new media such as blogs?
No, journalists working in all forms of media are welcome to apply.
Yes, please visit the course search page to view all upcoming Chicago Booth courses. Not all courses are available for auditing, as availability may depend on seats available, prerequisites, and permissions.
International participants are usually issued J-1 visas.
Basic knowledge of economics and accounting is useful but not required. Courses are likely to be more challenging if you don’t have a basic background in economics.
Submit articles that are indicative of your best work. Articles on political economy and Stigler-related topics are preferred but not required.