Fellowships

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.

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.

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 2017. Check the website for next application dates. (And here’s an article by science journalist Aisling Irwin, who attended the 2017 Falling Walls conference).

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 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.

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.