Science Journalism in the Public Interest


Calling All Science Journalists!

We are pleased to announce that the application period for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program in 2016-17 will open on January 1 and we welcome science journalists from around the world to apply for this unique and career-enhancing opportunity.

The Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) program, founded at MIT in 1982 with a generous endowment from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, has hosted more than outstanding 300 mid-career journalists, specializing in coverage of science, medicine, technology, and the environment, since its inception. Fellows receive a $70,000 stipend, spend an academic year in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying at both MIT and Harvard University, and enjoy a rich offering of science seminars, training workshops and field trips offered by KSJ. A more detailed description of the fellowship can be found here. and here.

Starting this year, the program will also engage fellows in some exciting project work. KSJ, in its role as one of the premier science journalism programs in the world, will be debuting a new digital science magazine, called Undark, in the spring. Edited by former New York Times journalist and former KSJ fellow (2014), Tom Zeller Jr., and with the support of an exceptional advisory board, the magazine will begin publication in April 2016 and will focus on stories exploring the critical and influential intersection between science and society. All fellows will be required to produce one essay or short feature, podcast or multimedia project for the magazine each semester, based on an issue or idea that arises out of their work and study here, to be published that year. This is both an opportunity for fellows to do some memorable published work while here and for the program to feature work by some of the best science journalists working today.

The KSJ fellowship is a chance to do outstanding work, gain new depth of understanding in a particular area of science, study with some of the world’s leading researchers, develop or expand on skills including podcasting, video, data journalism, animation techniques and more. The fellowship is also an opportunity to spend an academic year in the company of a community of smart science journalists – and enjoy and have fun in one of the most interesting urban areas in the United States.

We hope you’ll visit our application page anytime from January 1-February 29, 2016 and we hope to see you here!

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