Applications are invited for 9 months Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme for the year 2016. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
Through a combination of fellowships, grants, workshops and other support, the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT seeks to nurture and enhance the ability of journalists from around the world to accurately document the often complex intersection of science, technology and human culture.
The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, founded more than thirty years ago, seeks to nurture and enhance the ability of journalists from around the world to accurately document and illuminate the often complex intersection of Science, Technology and Human Culture.
Applicants must be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. They may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.
Course Level: This is a 9 months fellowships programme offered to journalists.
Study Subject: The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting.
Scholarship Award: Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000 as well as some additional benefits, including basic health insurance. As such, Fellows must refrain from paid professional work during the course of the 9-month program, unless the program director grants prior permission.
Scholarship can be taken at: USA (Boston)
Eligibility: To be eligible for a Knight Fellowship, applicants must:
-Be full-time journalists, whether on staff or freelance. Part-time writers or producers are not eligible.
-Have at least three full years of experience covering science, technology, the environment, or medicine.
-Be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. They may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.
To be awarded a Fellowship, selected applicants must agree to the following requirements:
-To reside full-time in the Boston/Cambridge area for the academic year: August 15 through May 15.
-To attend field trips, seminars, and required training sessions arranged by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships.
-To participate in at least one science course per semester.
-To produce two short journalistic works for the programme’s magazine, Undark, during the academic year.
-To refrain from professional work during the Fellowship, unless written permission has been granted by the Director.
-International candidates must obtain a J-1 visa from the U.S. State Department after being awarded the Fellowship.
Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must be full-time journalists, whether on staff or freelance. Part-time writers or producers are not eligible.
Supporting Material: In the course of completing the online application form, applicants will be asked to submit several supporting documents. For each required document, applicants can either upload a PDF file, or type (or copy/paste) the document’s contents into the text area provided. File formats other than PDF are not accepted.
-The following documents are required for 9-Month Fellowship applications: Professional Autobiography: Provide a brief statement (1 page maximum) about why applicants want to participate in the Knight Science Journalism fellowship program and how it would fit with their professional goals.
-Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include their education and work history. (Freelancers should include a list of freelance jobs in the last 12 months. Include each story, venue, and date of publication or broadcast.)
-Undark proposal: Each semester, Knight Fellows will be required to develop and produce, in consultation with the publication’s editor(s), an essay, feature story, multimedia package, or other contribution to the program’s forthcoming science magazine, Undark. Describe one story or project applicants might like to pursue during ytheir time in Cambridge. Information on the magazine’s format and editorial mission can be found here.
-Work samples: Five work samples are required. Choose samples that best illustrate applicants interest and abilities. If work samples are not in English, a translation must also be submitted.
-Recommendations: Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from individuals familiar with applicants work and should comment on their abilities and their commitment to journalism.
How to Apply: The mode of application is online.
Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is February 29, 2016.