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Tip sheet: How to find and apply for fellowships for science journalists

CASW Connector

On November 8, CASW Connector hosted a Chat discussing fellowships for science journalists. Panelists offered the inside track on the fellowship experience, choosing the right fellowship for you, crafting a competitive application, and more, and answered questions from participants. This event was facilitated by Connector managing editor Kate Travis, and the panelists were: Jyoti Madhusoodanan, freelance science journalist; Neel Dhanesha, founding staff writer, Heatmap; and Deborah Blum, director, Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.
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Ocean Reporting Network

Pulitzer Center

"Applications are now open to join the second cohort of the Ocean Reporting Network (ORN), a fellowship program that gives professional journalists the opportunity to spend a whole year working on an in-depth or investigative ocean story. "We welcome ambitious proposals on the main ocean threats of climate change; over- and illegal fishing; biodiversity loss and pollution; and the species, ecosystems, and communities that are being impacted. But we also strongly encourage proposals on underreported topics that also deserve attention." Fellows will receive funding for their reporting, training opportunities, access to data and documents, options to collaborate with other fellows, and more. The deadline for the 2024-2025 fellowship is May 26, 2024.

Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award


The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award recognizes the accomplishments of a mid-career science journalist with a career prize and a grant of at least $20,000 to enable the winner to undertake a significant reporting project. It recognizes and supports reporting and writing that embodies the high standards embodied by Sharon Begley (1956–2021), a science journalist of unflinching dedication, skill, moral clarity, and commitment to mentoring. For 2024, the entry period is January 1 to May 15, 2024, and the winner will be announced in late summer. Candidates must be experienced journalists who have compiled a substantial body of work in science journalism, defined as print, audio, video, and online reporting on science, health/medicine, environment, mathematics, and technology.
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Nova Institute 2024 Media Fellowship

Nova Institute for Health

"The Media Fellowship program aims to give recipients the time, space, and resources to research, write, and speak about issues that validate and show the importance of an expansive health framework. Media Fellowships are one year in duration and full-time, allowing recipients to undertake their projects in a comprehensive and creative manner." Print, broadcast, and digital journalists are eligible to apply. The fellowship award is $100,000 over 12 months, with an additional $7,500 for travel expenses. This award supports a fellow's living expenses, project-related expenses, conference fees, and more. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort are due on May 28, 2024, and the fellowship term begins on September 16.
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National Parks Arts Foundation residencies

National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF)

"The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) works directly with select artists and The National Park Service (and their affiliates) to create unique Artist in Residency programs within the wonders of the National Parks. The NPAF also works closely with museums, galleries, and curators to keep the residency programs relevant to the Art World beyond the parks and bring the highest caliber of artists to the parks." Residencies are available for visual artists, writers, musicians, and performance artists. In 2024, residencies will be available in seven different parks; see the NPAF website for more details about application requirements and deadlines.
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Climate disinformation media fellowship 2024

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

"With this fellowship, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union gives a select number of journalists the opportunity for on-the-ground reporting on climate disinformation case studies. The articles will be published as part of a web dossier on battling climate disinformation. Deadline for applications: Sunday, 10 March 2024, 23:59 CET." Applicants must be based in the European Union or neighboring countries. Special consideration will be given to journalists from regional or local media outlets and who are from diverse backgrounds and can offer lesser-heard perspectives.
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Oak Spring Garden Foundation residencies and fellowships

Oak Spring Garden Foundation

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation "is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being." Oak Spring offers four fellowships: the Stacy Lloyd III Fellowship for Bibliographic Study for work in some area related to the history, art, and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes; the Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence for an early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense; the Plant Science Research Fellowship for an early-career plant scientist; and the Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship, awarded to one outstanding, early-career practitioner, scholar or scientist working on issues related to plant and landscape conservation in the broad sense. All fellowships include a $10,000 grant. There are also 2- to 5-week residencies offered to people working in the arts, humanities, and plant sciences, as well as plant or landscape conservation. The 2024 deadline to apply for all programs is May 31.
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Pulitzer Center reporting grants

Pulitzer Center

"The Pulitzer Center partners with individual journalists and news organizations to support in-depth, high-impact reporting projects. We provide support through short-term grants and yearlong reporting fellowships. We accept applications from freelance and staff journalists worldwide." Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for grants for reporting on a wide variety of topics, including climate and labor reporting, global health reporting, and science misinformation reporting.
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AHCJ-Equity in Health Journalism Fellowships

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

"AHCJ, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, provides financial assistance to journalists who write for media outlets serving under-resourced and/or underrepresented communities that want to attend AHCJ’s annual conference." The fellowship includes conference registration, travel and lodging for the conference, and a year's membership in AHCJ. The 2024 application deadline is April 5 for the conference taking place in New York City from June 7 to 9.
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USC Annenberg National Fellowship

Center for Health Journalism, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

"Our National Fellowship helps journalists and their newsrooms report deeply and authoritatively on the health, welfare and well-being of children, families and communities. The program prepares fellows to report a major enterprise health or social well-being reporting project in the months that follow our initial week of intensive learning in Los Angeles." Fellowships receive a week of training, reporting grants of $2,000 to $10,000, and mentorship on their reporting projects. The deadline for the 2024 National Fellowship is April 10.
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MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowships


"The MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowship 2024 supports freelance and staff journalists associated with U.S. local/regional newsrooms in developing a high-impact news project that reports on how climate change and/or the shift to a low-carbon economy relates to local communities and regions, in a way that centers local messengers, values, and priorities." Fellows receive support via a virtual workshop with MIT climate scientists, access to an editor, training on MIT resources, republication of the project through MIT and its partners, and stipends of $10,000 plus up to $5,000 for reporting expenses. The deadline to apply for the 2024 fellowship is April 28.
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IJNR field reporting grants

Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR)

"Annually, IJNR invites proposals for grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice, and public health." Grant opportunities for 2024 are focused on wildlife, conservation, public health impacts, Indigenous reporting, and environmental justice. Reporting projects must be based in or directly related to North America. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2024.
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Uproot Project Environmental Justice Fellowship

Uproot Project

"The Uproot Project’s Environmental Justice Fellowship offers funding to seven journalists to pursue reporting projects over the course of a year. Fellows will receive up to $2,000 to cover travel and other reporting expenses and will also receive support from Uproot to place their stories with a media outlet if requested. Fellows’ projects should focus on stories related to environmental justice — highlighting how the climate crisis and key environmental issues of our time are inextricably linked with other forms of inequity. The fellowship is open to all journalists of color who are members of The Uproot Project." (Free to join.) The deadline to apply for the 2024 fellowship is March 1.
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Environmental and Epistemic Justice 2024 Summer Institute Fellowship

Wake Forest University

"The Wake Forest University Environmental and Epistemic Justice Initiative is a multi-pronged Mellon Foundation-funded research, teaching, and community engagement project. The 2024 Summer Institute will welcome 4-6 early to mid-career journalists to the second class of EEJI fellows with the goal of improving coverage of the many environmental justice issues, while aiding in diversifying the ranks of environmental journalism." Journalists with at least one year of reporting and feature writing experience are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive $2,500 reporting stipends and covered expenses to attend the Summer Institute at Wake Forest University. The application deadline is March 8.
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Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowships

Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri

"The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on practical innovative projects for community centered news, journalists, and the communities they serve." Over the course of an eight-month fellowship, fellows build free, accessible, open-source projects to serve newsrooms and audiences. The program supports one full-time residential fellow (an individual who will work on-site in Columbia, Missouri) and remote part-time fellows. The 2024 program will start on July 1, 2024, with applications closing on February 4.
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Health Journalism Fellowship

Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS)

"With generous support from The Commonwealth Fund, the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to early career women journalists and journalists new to the health beat, who have an interest in and passion for upping their health care reporting skills." The fellowship will "train and support" eight journalists who are early-career or new to the health beat as they complete intensive projects. Potential topics include health equity, cost and quality of care, women's health, delivery system reform, and Medicare/Medicaid. The 2024 application deadline is December 22, 2023.
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John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University

Stanford University

"Each year, we bring together up to 20 fellows from around the world to spend 10 months at Stanford University working on solutions to the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help reimagine and transform journalism, apply to our program." For the 2024-25 cohort, applications are due for international applicants on Dec. 6, 2023 and for U.S. applicants on Jan. 24, 2023.
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Good Science Project–Johns Hopkins MA in Science Writing Fellowship

Johns Hopkins University, Good Science Project

The Good Science Project-JHU MA in Science Writing Fellowship provides $5,000 reporting grants for feature-length magazine articles on the funding and practice of science in the United States. Grants support articles that "reveal flaws in current science policy, practice, or funding and identify ways these challenges might be overcome." Funded by the Good Science Project. The 2023 application deadline was November 5.
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Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism support journalists in pursuing innovative mental health journalism projects of their choice during a nonresidential, year-long fellowship. The fellowships challenge recipients to delve deeper into learning about mental health and substance use disorders and to share reliable information with the public about behavioral health issues. Each year, eight U.S. journalists are selected and awarded stipends of $10,000 each to cover fellowship project expenses. Selected international journalists from Latin America, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are awarded a comparable stipend. Fellows receive virtual training on effective behavioral health reporting from past fellows and advisors. The deadline for applications for the 2024-2025 fellowships is April 12, 2024.
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Western Journalism and Media Fellowships — Bill Lane Center for the American West

Stanford University

"The Bill Lane Center for the American West has been supporting journalism about the West and its environment for a decade or more. Our Western Journalism and Media Fellowships provide opportunities for journalists working in all kinds of media — newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online, multimedia, video, film, data visualization and mapping, and books. The fellowship enables journalists to: interact with Stanford researchers, scholars, and students; develop or work on a project of their own design; and spur new coverage and understanding of the American West." Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend for three months' work.
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Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship

Poynter Institute

"The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is a power-packed, year-long experience that gives early career journalists the coaching, network and skills they need to have a long and lasting career in journalism." Journalists can apply with an existing newsroom (if it participates in the program) or receive placement for a year of full-time work. Part of a fellow's salary is covered by the fellowship, and they also receive training and mentorship opportunities. Application deadlines typically occur in the summer, with the fellowship running from August to May of the next year (eg. August 2023 to May 2024).
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Sloan Foundation Book Program

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provides grants to authors working on science-related books. Grants typically range from $20,000 to $50,000 and may support research and writing activities. Eligible book projects include: books that elucidate important subjects where the science is confusing or controversial; books that profile important figures in science and technology; books relating science and technology to daily life; books exploring the numerous connections between science, technology, and art; books about the relationship between women and science and technology; books about the culture and philosophy of science.
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AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance


"Through the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, you can pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system at the local, regional and/or national level. This fellowship allows mid-career journalists to maintain their regular employment while working on a major project over a 12-month calendar year. You’ll pursue the projects with the support of your newsrooms or arranged outlets, which commit to publish or air the work. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and the annual AHCJ conference, as well as a $4,000 project allowance to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, you will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project." The application deadline for 2023 is 5 p.m. ET on October 13.
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Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program


"The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is designed to bring journalists, scholars, politicians and policymakers to the Shorenstein Center for a semester to work on a project with a tangible output, and engage with students, faculty, other fellows, and the broader Harvard Kennedy School community." Journalists, politicians, scholars, policymakers, and documentary filmmakers are all eligible to apply for this fellowship. The program includes a stipend along with access to Harvard research resources. Applications are currently open for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Science Literacy Foundation

Science Literacy Foundation

"The mission of the Science Literacy Foundation is to investigate, create, and fund scalable initiatives and programs, providing new paths to science literacy." SLF wants to train journalists, educators, policymakers, and activists in evidence-based techniques for the effective sharing of scientific information. The organization offers a white paper on science literacy, a resource guide, a magazine called OpenMind, and plans to offer grants for creative approaches to science communication, particularly at the community level.