Knight Science Journalism Fellowship 2019/2020 for Science Journalists

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Knight Science Journalism Fellowship 2019/2020 for Science Journalists

The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

To be eligible for a KSJ@MIT 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.

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.

Benefits:

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.

Application Process

The 2019-20 application cycle runs January 1, 2019, through February 28, 2019. 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.

For further questions, please contact Bettina Urcuioli at bma@mit.edu.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship 2019/2020

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