Applications are invited for 9 months Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme for the year 2020. 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.
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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.
- Application deadline: Applications for the 2020-21 fellowship year will be accepted from November 15th, 2019 until January 15th, 2020.
- 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.
- Award: Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000 as well as some additional benefits, including basic health insurance. Under the terms of MIT residency, fellows must refrain from paid professional work during the course of the 9-month program, unless the program director grants prior permission.
- Number of Awards: Not Known
- Nationality: All nationalities
- The award can be taken in the USA (Boston)
- Eligible Countries: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
- Entrance Requirements:
•To be eligible for a [email protected] 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. This includes work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.
- English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
Introduction: The fellowship application cycle runs from the beginning of January through the end of February. Fellows are selected by a panel of distinguished science journalists. Semifinalists are chosen by the end of March. Ten finalists are notified of their successful fellowship status in late April. An announcement of the awardees is made in May.
How to Apply: [email protected] uses an online application system via Submittable. The system will be available for use beginning January 1, 2018. Please read the guidelines and hit the “submit” button to begin your application. The final deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.
The following documents are required for 9-Month Fellowship applications:
- Professional Autobiography: Provide a brief statement (500-word maximum) about why you want to participate in the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT and how it would fit with your professional goals.
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include your 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.)
- Research Proposal: In consultation with the KSJ staff, Knight fellows will develop and produce a research project in a chosen area of science or science journalism, which should be designed to allow a fellow to explore a particular interest in depth. Fellows will deliver a formal presentation on their topic at the end of the fellowship year. All applicants should describe, in 500 words or less, a project to be developed during the desired fellowship.
- Work Samples: Five relevant work samples are required. Choose samples that best illustrate your interest and abilities. Please include a translation for any work, not in English.
- Professional References: Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from individuals familiar with your work and should comment on your abilities and your commitment to journalism.
- International Applicants: If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you take a language proficiency test (such as TOEFL) and submit your scores as part of your application. This is an MIT requirement for visa processing. If you complete your application submission before receiving your TOEFL scores, you may email them directly to KSJ program administrator, Bettina Urcuoili, at [email protected] If you are not able to take the test in time, the KSJ staff will work with you on a possible waiver to that requirement. If so, do let us know your situation as soon as possible.