Fellowships

Arizone State University offers a Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science, to support a journalist to be “on the frontlines of research to see how scientists grapple with the problems of today’s world and forge new directions in science”. The one-month fellowship provides a stipend of US$8000, and is aimed at mid-career science journalists with at least seven years of experience in reporting on the selected topic. Applications for the 2018 round are due May 15, 2018. More details here.

The Australian Antarctic Division’s Media Program offers journalists the chance to visit Antarctica and Macquarie Island to report on the AAD’s activities. The program offers either a one-week trip to Antarctica or two weeks on Macquarie Island. Applicants must have clearly defined story ideas or a targeted proposal, and will work with the AAD media team to refine their project as the summer season is finalised. Applications for the 2018/2019 program are due by 18 May 2018. Details are available here.

The Copyright Agency has launched a fellowship for non-fiction, which will provide $80,000 to “support an Australian author to develop and create a new work of creative non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.” The fellowship covers a range of genres including science writing. Authors must have a publishing contract or letter of intent to publish from a publisher. Applications are due September 24, 2018. Details are here.

The European Geosciences Union offers annual fellowships to “enable reporters to follow scientists on location to report on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences.” Winners receive up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects. Applications open October-November each year.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has launched a year-long fellowship for science journalists, named in honour of the science editor at Newsweek and writer for The New York Times, who was a member of the Nieman class of 1941. The fellowship  is open to US and international science journalists. It will provide a stipend for the year and enable access to the university’s schools, labs and research centres, as well as take classes at other nearby universities including MIT and Tufts. The application window for the 2020 class will open in October 2018 and close December 1 2018.

This fellowship is a joint venture between the University of Arizona’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the famous Mayo Clinic, and involves “a week of interactive discussions, hands-on learning and experiential activities designed to bolster the knowledge and skills that top professional journalists need to cover medicine.” There are up to fifteen, all-expenses-paid fellowships available for experienced medical journalists from anywhere in the world to attend the fellowship, which runs from May 13-18 (in 2018). Applications close March 15.

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting runs an annual science immersion workshop to provide journalists with “hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists and policymakers who are working to project the impacts of climate change, identifying adaptation measures, and investigating the most effective ways to communicate these challenges.” The workshop is held in June each year, and there are ten fellowships available to cover tuition, room and board, and travel support for US-based and international journalists. Applications close around mid-February.

The Knight Science Journalism program at MIT runs a nine-month fellowship program, that is offered to just ten science journalists each year (and here’s a great article about applying for a KSJ Fellowship). The fellowships are intended to “enable them to explore science, technology, and the craft of journalism in depth, to concentrate on a specialty in science, and to learn at some of the top research universities in the world.” Fellows design their own course of study in consultation with the director, and produce a research project which can be the basis for a future story, the foundation for a book proposal, or be a detailed report on an area of science. The fellowship runs from August-May, and applications are due in February.

Offered by the Falling Walls Foundation – an international platform for leaders in science, business, politics, the arts and society – this fellowship is aimed at journalists or bloggers with at least three years’ experience, who wish to “advance their knowledge in the area of sciences.” Fellows are funded to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture, the Falling Walls Conference as well as an additional programme in Berlin around 8 and 9 November. Applications for the 2018 conference are now invited, and the closing date is 24 June 2018. (And here’s an article by science journalist Aisling Irwin, who attended the 2017 Falling Walls conference).

This is a one-week, residential fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, US, is open to professional science writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. It designed to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering. International applicants are welcome, and the application deadline is around May each year.