Applications Open for Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program 2019

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Applications are open for Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT to support a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting.

[email protected] is designed to recognize journalists who demonstrate a high level of professional excellence and accomplishment as well as a long-term commitment to their craft. Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis and are encouraged to apply.

Stipulations

To be awarded a Fellowship, selected applicants must agree to the following requirements:

  • Reside full-time in the Boston/Cambridge area for the academic year: August 15, 2019, through May 25, 2020.
  • Attend field trips, seminars, and required training sessions arranged by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT.
  • Develop a course of study that includes at least one science course per semester.
  • Refrain from outside professional work during the Fellowship, unless written permission has been granted by the Director.
  • Produce a well thought out research project during the academic year. The research project may be a book proposal, but fellows may not sell the proposal during the fellowship year, nor may they arrive with a contract to write a book during the fellowship year.
  • International candidates must obtain a valid visa from the U.S. State Department after being awarded the Fellowship; the visa is normally sponsored by MIT. A language proficiency test (such as TOEFL) may be required as part of the visa process.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Documents

The following documents are required for 9-Month Fellowship applications:

  • Professional Autobiography: Provide a brief statement (500-word maximum) about why applicants want to participate in the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT and how it would fit with applicants professional goals.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include applicants education and work history. (Freelancers should include a list of freelance jobs in the past 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 applicants 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 applicants work and should comment on applicants abilities and applicants commitment to journalism.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://ksj.mit.edu/applying/

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